state quarter. Still working as a cruise
schooner, the Victory Chimes turns a
profit for the current owners, but it’s a
rare buyer who will pony up the $1.2
million asking price and, more than
that, take responsibility for keeping
the historic schooner afloat.
“It’s a lifestyle change,” Chapman
says. “It’s a vessel you purchase and
you make it part of your lifestyle.”
When he spoke to BoatU.S. Magazine
in January, Chapman had just got-
ten off the phone with an interested
party in France, discussing the pos-
sibility of turning the Victory Chimes into a bed and breakfast there. While
it’s possible that by the time you read this, the boat could be headed for
new waters, Chapman wasn’t optimistic. He’d already tried every maritime
museum in the United States, as well as the U.S. Naval Academy, even
making inspired pitches to Maine-based businesses and politicians, to
Tall ships tend to attract dreamers and Chapman himself is a sucker for
old wooden boats. He’s put in long hours of his own time trying to find a
home for the Victory Chimes. In the end, like a lot of other tall-ship owners
these days, he’s looking for someone with the resources to make the dreams
come true. “It’s a difficult thing,” he says. “Everyone loves the Victory Chimes,
but no one wants to own her.” — C.L.
CONFERENCE ON COURSE
THE 11TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S SAILING CONFERENCE takes place June 2 at the Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, Massachusetts, under the auspices of
the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA). With
BoatU.S. as primary sponsor, the event offers women the
opportunity to learn to sail or enhance sailing skills they
already have through seminars on the water and on the
dock. Topics range
from sail trim
and a continental
dinner and a
complete the day.
$120 for NWSA
$155 for non-members at: www.WomenSailing.org.
(Early registration ends May 15.) Contact Joan Thayer,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Other women’s boating events
are listed at www.BoatUS.com/women. — C.W.
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