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post #2 of Old 09-26-2011
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The Virtue is a very old, very reliable, design by Laurent Giles from the Eric and Susan Hiscock "Wanderer III" era. While there has been much written on the boats, you might find a book written by David Hayes entitled "Me, My Old Man and the Cat" of particular interest as David and his Dad built the boat from a bare hull and deck and sailed her from Maine, through the Canal, down the west coast of South America with a stop at Easter Island, 'round the Horn, and home with no damage save a lost cat which, tho' I sympathized with David's sensibilities is a small price give how objectionable but ubiquitous the dam_ed things are, eh?

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"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
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