34′ Fishers Island 23WB No. 196RESTORED
Persistence paid off, both in acquiring CRUSADER and in restoring her. Present owner John Hutchison missed out the first time around, but kept in touch with the man who first bought her (based on “Save a Classic”), and ultimately was able to acquire her before any work had commenced. John then undertook a thorough restoration by himself over several years. Although he is not a professional boatbuilder, his skill is evident in the photos he took while the work was going on. Before CRUSADER, John had built a lovely Coquina, a Nat Herreshoff design, for himself. Crusader was launched last fall in Pennsylvania, but we hear she planned to attend this year’s Herreshoff Rendezvous in Bristol, Rhode Island.
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