The 58′ (17.7m) Nigel Irens–designed fusion schooner M2 in build at Covey Island Boatworks in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, was something to witness even in last summer’s stop-motion video of her hull being rolled. The wood/epoxy cat schooner, with unstayed rotating carbon fiber masts and overlapping foresail, is a replacement for the 62′ (18.9m) Maggie B, a remarkable oceangoing schooner from the same designer-builder team for the same owner. Maggie B was lost in a fire following a successful circumnavigation, but owner Frank Blair promptly opted to build a new variation on the same theme to replace her. The masts are currently under construction at Composite Engineering in Concord, Massachusetts. M2 is scheduled for launching in June. See more photos of the build at www.coveyisland.com.
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