Classic Yachts

Classic yachts are one of our areas of expertise at Forbes Horton Yachts. This fall, broker Scott Taylor assisted in the sale of a 1960's yawl rigged Hinckley Bermuda 40. With crisp sails (including a fully battened mainsail) and a clean bottom, her performance was sparkling!
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Dorade wins the Transpacific

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tiBJiaDkvQ“They said we’d never make it and if we did it would take four weeks,” said Dorade skipper and co-owner Matt Brooks. “Skeptics said it was like taking a fine piece of antique furniture and dropping it in the ocean, and she shouldn’t be sailed hard in blue waters.”
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Photography & Boats

The two go hand and hand, really.  The golden light, the movement of the water, the texture of the lines and wooden planks, the colors of canvas and the ever changing sky, reflections on a calm sea, and the simple shape of a well crafted vessel.Don't forget to bring your camera on your next boating adventure!*Photos discovered on Pinterest. To view...
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Forbes Horton Yachts & Crabs

The fourth of July brings many things to the Chesapeake bay maritime industry.  Visitors flock to Annapolis to enjoy the sights and to eat blue crabs at exorbitant prices.  Wayward yachters often take the opportunity to casually inspect a few boats while in town and in the right hands can become owners by the 5th (they should have gone for the crab...
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A Laser from the 1800's

If Nat Herreshoff had designed the Laser this is what it would have looked like. The Melonseed is one of the most handsome day sailors and they sail as good as they look. The boat’s sheer line is subtly springy and her low freeboard and deck camber contribute to the elusiveness of her lines. Her work boat origins dictated her low profile, wide side...
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Two Shirt Day

Showing boats in January is about as much fun as doing it in August.  When the humidity peaks and the thermometer hits 90 you can only imagine what it is like on inside of a boat that has been baking on the hard.  The same holds true for midwinter. Icy decks and ladders buried in snow are just two of the perks.  When the Mid-Atlantic summer is in f...
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The Way Life Should Be

When I was growing up the Maine license plates all used to say“Vacationland”.  Those of us that lived there knew the truth and that for 6 weeks of the year that statement was absolutely correct.  Sometime in my early adolescence, the slogan changed to “the way life should be”.   For six fleeting weeks, life along the coast of Maine exemplifies thes...
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Welcome to the Dark Side

The FHY team had a great time at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show last weekend.  We had a strong presence and some might say we are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to selling powerful, capable, blue water sailboats.  For those of you interested in selling your sailboat and moving into a powerboat, we are well versed in helping sailors t...
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GEM

A caption from "The Golden Century" by Ross MacTaggart about Gem, a 164 ft motor yacht built in 1913,After a very difficult week, you're lying in a chaise on the aft deck of you 50-foot yacht. The stress you've felt all week is slowly draining from your face. Suddenly, a shadow blocks the warm, invigorating sun from your face. Opening your eyes, yo...
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Sugar Scoop

The New England winters play tricks on the mind and cause residents to hatch and execute ideas that the less vernalized folks of the Mid – Atlantic would only dream of.  My father decided one winter that SKATER, his beloved Norseman 400, would look and sail better if she had a sugar scoop.  Sounds simple right?  It is not.   After  calling West Mar...
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Thomas Gillmer ~ March Designer of the Month

Our March designer of the month is Thomas Gillmer, Maryland’s adoptive son. The following biography was taken from sailboatdata.com:“Thomas Gillmer was born in 1911 in Warren, Ohio and became interested in ships at an early age. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935 he served on light cruisers in the Pacific and Mediterranean. He bec...
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Bad Hair Day in Paradise

This shot was taken by my wife, Jamie, on Shinbone Alley while we were waiting for a weather window for the next leg of our journey south.  One of things I like most about the photo is the way our shadows were cast against the pink building on the right.  You can clearly see by the giant lopsided silhouette of my head that I was overdue for a trim....
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Last of the Mohegans (for now)

UNCAS named for the last sachem of the Mohegan tribe is a N. G. Herreshoff designed Buzzards Bay 18 and is the first one to be built since 1904!  There were 5 boats built originally during the winter of 1903/1904 and construction details are scant.  The wizards of wood at Artisan Boat Works in Rockport, Maine built UNCAS for her new owners in Booth...
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The Golden Age of Yachting

"One of the things I remember about the large steam yachts was their characteristic and delightful odor. If you passed under the stern or close to leeward of one of them you smelled the combined odor of the new varnish, linseed oil, brass polish, Havana cigars and champagne, all mingled with engine room smells and the slight odor of teak and other ...
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Doug Zurn ~ Yacht Designer of the Month

This month’s designer is all about exciting and new yacht design. Doug Zurn, founder of Zurn Yacht Design in Marblehead, Massachusetts, is a contemporary yacht designer focusing on the cutting edge.Zurn spent his youth sailing on Lake Erie. After graduating with honors from the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, he learnt the trade from such giants a...
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New Arrival!

This jewel was hauled to dry storage this week here at Bert Jabin's Yacht Yard.  The architecture and lines of this yacht date back to 1914. For the history of this classic, give us a call over the winter!
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