By Peter H. Spectre
Famous because the editor of the best-selling annual Mariner's publication of Days, Peter Spectre lives in Spruce Head, Maine.
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Had there been 15 or 20 knots of wind that day, I might have an answer for that question. Having been an interested observer of boat design for more than half a century, I know how little comes along that is truly new and revolutionary. Design evolution is inevitably a series of very small steps forward, interspersed with backslides and side excursions. But Henry Scheel was always a man eager to take any trad that offered promise, and he was undiscouraged when left floundering in the puckerbrush.