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I was impressed with how effortlessly the schooner raised sails, and sailed off her anchor, Max.

There may have been another guy onboard. But after the small sails were raised (a cinch), only the helmsmen had to turn the wheel. Once past us, they raised another jib.

I found the schooner is just 36 feet long on deck. Typical Murray Petersen design with a long shallow keel. Heavy yet surprisingly nimble in the light air and much more weatherly than I expected.

The boat was built in Camden around 1960. Haling out of Falmouth Mass., it's hard to believe the crew has local knowledge of Seal Bay.

I don't in fact know if they sailed all the way out, but they were tacking as if they intended to.

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