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I have been researching a sailboat my father owned at Duck Pond, Marblehead,Mass. during the late 1970's. It was a 38' wooden racing sloop designed by Carl Alberg after WWII. Perhaps you would consider adding this boat to your database. Attached are several photos of my father's boat, the Serenity (previously named the Watusi) and a drawing. I have the bill of sale. I do not know what became of her since 1980. Thanks for your efforts.

My Dad, Bob Crowley, at the helm, fulfilling a dream...

In the cradle... Beautiful lines...

My brother Glenn at a sanding and paint session about 1977.

37.9 ft, 45ft mast, 7ft beam, 3600 lb keel and fast...
Offshore Sailing book cover Offshore Sailing by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr

We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.

The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.

Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking, boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.

Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his stuff.



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