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In Their Own Words

Graham Hays, 18, Riva

Graham Hays, Hugh Rapp and Jay Brown.

My friend Hugh and I just laid hands on a 26-foot, 1970s’ Catalina 27 fixer-upper. Barnacles infest the rudder and hull, and there are stains and chipped paint. This summer we plan to haul the boat out of the water and repair it. Then we will take it on Fleet Week. Six friends will man this ship and take to the Bay for a whole week, sailing from port to port.
    Having our first boat is an amazing feeling, even more so than a car because the boundaries are virtually limitless. Plus, it’s more comfortable to sleep in.
    At the end of the summer after we’ve fixed it up, the plan is to sell it so Hugh and I can split the money for college.