Is it possible to fall in love at first sight with a boat? Is it possible that one boat could have the same affect on so many people?
Seth Salzman was a young seaman in 1988 when he first saw the schooner When and If cruising along Maine’s Eggemoggin Reach.
“I knew every schooner on the water, but I couldn’t identify this one,” Salzman said. “What a beautiful boat. It’s like falling in love. You remember the first time you saw her.”
That same feeling hit New York City publisher Jim Mairs when he first saw When and If, familiarly known as General Patton’s boat.