A 43-foot Grand Banks Heritage moving along at 23 knots? At first, I thought, “They must be kidding.” I guess I am showing my age. During countless trips from Maine to Florida on the Intracoastal Waterway with my father and, later, as a whippersnapper delivery captain, I always looked at Grand Banks owners as that certain breed who were happy to putt along at 7 knots, or maybe 10 knots if they were going to tie up late for cocktail hour. In my mind, they were salty, recently retired sailors proudly flying the Cruising Club of America burgee — a symbol of someone with superior knowledge of seamanship, but not necessarily someone looking to go full throttle on anything.
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