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Refit#1—A Trans-Atlantic Boat For Less Than US$100,000

When the work is done.

When the work is done.

Mia and I bought Arcturus, a 35′ Allied Seabreeze Yawl, built in 1966, in the spring of 2008. I was 24 years old. It was the first boat I’d ever owned, and we had big plans for her.

I was long-inspired by reading about Hal Roth’s adventures in his Spencer 35 Whisper, a very similar design from the same era, and thrilled to hear that Arcturus’ previous owner was actually tennis buddies with Roth before his death, and that Hal had actually been aboard Arcturus (Cybele as she was called then) when she was based near Oxford, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

A Classic

The boat was gorgeous when we bought her, cosmetically like-new, like a restored classic car. She was one of those ‘minimally-equipped’ boats, a great platform on which to start fresh.

She sported new upholstery down below, freshly oiled teak and painted bulkheads in the classic Herreshoff style, Awl-gripped topsides in Oyster white, dark red boot and cove stripes, beautiful non-skid on deck. I’ve always been a sucker for classics, and Mia and I fell in love with her when we first saw her hauled out in the boatyard in Oxford.

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Meet the Author

Andy Schell

Andy grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay (literally from the time he was in diapers). As a boy he sailed south with his family and spent the winter cruising the Bahamas. He met Mia on a backpacking trip in New Zealand in 2006, and the two have been seeking adventures together ever since. They've logged almost 50,000 bluewater miles and have crossed the Atlantic a combined seven times. Andy and Mia share the joys of offshore sailing with others on their Swan 48 "Isbjorn" and through Andy's phenomenally popular On The Wind Podcast.

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