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Charlotte - Gannon and Benjamin

“I remember a wedding toast that took place at our boatyard years ago, where the groom’s uncle advocated the importance of building your relationship before your sailing ship. My grandmother would have appreciated that recommendation as she spent most of her life building, understanding, and encouraging relationships – spousal, parental, business, higher power, and others.
Designing and building a boat requires more than a measure of audacity and a handful of carpentry skills. It’s about developing balance, proportion, and compromise. And it’s about relationships – not just in spare time, but all the time.”

– Nat Benjamin on WoodenBoat magazine – “Building Charlotte”.