Back in 1935, the young Olin Stephens designed a 30-foot sloop called Babe. It was design #97 from his prolific pen, crafted to the rules of the Miami-Nassau race. Stephens drew a hull with a fairly plumb bow and squared-off stern, not at all in keeping with the ‘30s fashion of long overhangs on a short waterline.
The room went silent when the photo of Tom and Cuyler Morris flashed up on the boatshed wall. The classic wooden building in Northeast Harbor, Maine, was ground zero for a weekend of parties and raft-ups hosted by Morris Yachts to celebrate its 40th year of building boats.
John Puckett, a graduate of the wooden boatbuilding and restoration program at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, RI, has set out to create a replica of a historical Block Island double-ender sailboat. He plans to restore the boat to historically accurate conditions with help from the Block Island Historical Society.