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 Still Cruising After 80 Years

atomvoyages.com tells us about Jim Melcher who is still cruising after 80 years. "Alert is a 33-foot Phil Bolger-designed Manatee leeboarder that stubbornly refuses to fit into any standard yacht category. Alertís 80-year-old master, Jim Melcher, is equally unique among his fellow cruisers, virtually all of which are considerably younger and much less experienced.† Eight decades of messing about in boats has left Jim, now bespectacled, gray-bearded and rail-thin, with remarkably good health and a continuing desire to learn more about boats and the cruising life as he sails into is sunset years.†"

 (Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )
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