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The Triton knows captains and crew become curators of their vessels. They learn about the boat’s history, the maker, the way their boats function. So stand ready and when our reporter approaches you and asks you “What do you know about your boat?” tell us all the details and we’ll snap a few photographs and feature you in the next issue.

Crew know, know, know their boat. Photo by Suzette Cook

Crew know, know, know their boat. Photo by Suzette Cook

Our first candidate, Molly Malloy, hails from Connecticut and serves as mate/chef/stew of the S/Y Sonny which was designed by Dieter Empacher Designs and is docked at Rybovich Superyacht Marina in West Palm Beach, Florida.

According to Malloy, the sailboat measures 70 feet in length, has a 16-foot beam and an 8-foot draft.

But there is more to the story behind Sonny than dimensions, she said.

“It’s a gorgeous boat,” Malloy said. “It’s all wood and she sails really fast.

Crew know, know, know their boat.. Photo by Suzette Cook

Crew know, know, know their boat.. Photo by Suzette Cook

“It was built only a couple of years ago, but designed many, many more years ago than that,” Malloy said.

“The owner of the boat donated his last boat and about a year later decided he had made a big mistake. So he went to Brooklin Boat Yard in Maine and said ‘my old boat is here, at this school and I’d like you to rebuild it for me.’”

Steve White, owner of Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin Maine, said he built the first and second versions of Sonny.

“We built the first one for him in 2000, White said. “About a month after the owner donated the boat to the Maine Maritime Academy, White said he got the request to build another. “It took about a year, “ White said. “I still had the drawings. He literally did not change anything. Same materials, color, everything exactly.”

Suzette Cook is editor at The Triton. Does your boat have a story? Comments on this story and suggestion for future stories are welcome at suzette@the-triton.com.

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