MODERN LIVING: As Idle as a Painted Ship

The late, great Yachtbuilder Henry B. Nevins was never a man to cut corners. His City Island yard in New York City seasoned its own lumber, designed and machined its own fittings, fastened its spars together with glue made of sour cream, sometimes trimmed them to the correct balance by weighing shavings. By such attention to detail, Perfectionist Henry Nevins built more cup-winning yachts than anyone else.

But now comparatively few U.S. citizens are able to afford big, custombuilt yachts. Over the past fifteen years, three of the nation's famed yacht yards...

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