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Because of careful attention for six decades by Dr. George Gilbert, her only previous owner, the 1954 Newbert & Wallace lobster yacht ALBATROSS only needed deck, cabin top, and cockpit sole resheathing when she came to a new owner last year.
After a thorough restoration at Darling’s Boatworks in Charlotte, Vermont, MADDY SUE’s home port is on Lake Champlain, but she returned to Maine waters for a time in the summer of 2013. Built by Chester Clement on Mount Desert Island in 1932 for lobstering and fishing, she was influential in the development of the type of pleasure boats much loved by the island’s summer population.
In 1924, the Norwegian wine merchant and yachtsman Alfred W.G. Larsen commissioned Johan Anker to design and build an 8-Meter-class yacht that he hoped would be fast enough to beat the best of the British boats racing on the Solent. Anker responded by drawing a beautifully proportioned long and slender sloop to be named VARG, the Norwegian word for wolf.