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If you liked that, then I would strongly suggest going out for a slightly longer trip on one of the boats in the Maine Windjammer Association up in Penobscot Bay. There is a pretty wide variety of boats and what they do so you can pick one to suit your liking. Most are old coasting schooners but there are a few old yachts, fishing schooners and purpose built boats. The level of seamanship on these boats tends to be relatively high with them doing all of their own maintenance, sailing on and off the anchor everytime and doing plenty of other things that most people on small cruising boats don't do.

For full disclosure, I have worked on these boats including the American Eagle out of Rockland. There is nothing like charging along at 13+ knots on a boat like this.
I would like nothing more, but its not my wife's cup of tea. I will keep trying though! And for those of you who asked for pictures, they are on my wife's cell phone; I will get them downloaded when I get back home tomorrow.
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Can't beat the thrill of sailing on a wooden classic. Spent a winter in Lucaya & Freeport in '73 aboard 1925 Herreshoff NY40 "Rugosa" (see my avatar), she won the Bermuda Race in '28. 1080 sq ft on the main with a wire reel winch, gimaballed salon table. An exciting rocket churning up the Gulf Stream. Read she is now back in the Herreshoff family and wonderfully restored, cruising/chartering in Europe. You've enjoyed a great experience
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That's dad by the bowsprit. Photo taken in LIS around '72

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That's a great pic..good as they come...
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I remember being jealous of those "Clorox bottle" sailors. They never seemed to spend as much time scraping and painting, polishing and oiling. I remember the instruments were a huge brass binnacle and a plastic "J" shaped tube with a ball in it. Navigation equipment was an RDF and a Sexton that dad was quite proficient at.

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Ironically my current boat was built 7 years after that pic was taken and I seem to be polishing harder than ever now. And she's a "Clorox Bottle". Thank god.

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Dyer Dow, crushed in Hurricane Sandy
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Yes all true, No wonder no one will go on the water with me.

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Darn cell phones

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Yes all true, No wonder no one will go on the water with me.

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I agree, I cut my teeth on the Schooner Brilliant. She is an S&S design and an absolute stunner!!! While I own a clorox bottle I named her after the Brilliant, KIVALO is bastardized Hungarian for BRILLIANT.

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Can't beat the thrill of sailing on a wooden classic. Spent a winter in Lucaya & Freeport in '73 aboard 1925 Herreshoff NY40 "Rugosa" (see my avatar), she won the Bermuda Race in '28. 1080 sq ft on the main with a wire reel winch, gimaballed salon table. An exciting rocket churning up the Gulf Stream. Read she is now back in the Herreshoff family and wonderfully restored, cruising/chartering in Europe. You've enjoyed a great experience

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Well, I've spent the last two weeks scraping and painting, but I'm still not switching from wood!
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VOYAGER trucking on by us in the 2007 Gloucester Schooner Race shortly after her return from a fifteen year circumnavigation. She is an Alden 309 designed by Aage Nielsen, built in 1929.
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