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Famous because the editor of the best-selling annual Mariner's publication of Days, Peter Spectre lives in Spruce Head, Maine.

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In Its sophistication might not be so evident. Because the no way can sheet plywood be talked into bending boom can't lift appreciably (the foot of the sail tightaround a traditional deadrise forefoot. Most ens, reducing lift), the affair is self-vanging. Sail twist Chesapeake builders would stave the forefoot (use short, thick planks worked to shape); but this tech- is reduced, often resulting in higher speeds and more nique can be tricky for the inexperienced, and the staves docile steering. The sheet is needed only for trimming don't mate well with the plywood you might want to in the boom.

Captain Pete her hull demonstrates Pete Culler's gift for proportion stretched the hull to 18 feet 8 inches, made it 1 foot wider, added 6 inches to the draft, cranked some deadand his sense of appropriate decoration. We can trace the lineage of the traditionally styled rise out of the bottom, and included 700 pounds of 18-foot 8-inch Buzzards Bay Sloop directly to the outside ballast for good measure. He increased the sail designer's 17-foot 8-inch Concordia Sloop Boat, and area sparingly. He swept up the sheer back aft.

The sloop's fine forefoot blends smoothly into flaring topsides to produce a smart bow. This boat understands that she should brush aside small waves but climb over the tall ones. Her motion is easy and comforting. The helm is light but firm. Culler's sloop wants to keep to its heading, although not to the point of being stubborn. Nudge the tiller, and the boat will change course smoothly — almost imperceptibly. She is certain, but stately, in stays. I'd not want to drive her into a tacking duel with, say, a Herreshoff 12'/2-footer.

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