Field of Dreams

Who left this sailboat, how long has it been there, and what is it doing a hundred miles from the nearest body of water? Currents from our November 2012 issue.

As Yachting publisher Bob Bauer traveled down Route 28 in Pennsylvania after dropping his two oldest children off at college, he couldn't have felt any farther from the water. While cruising down the highway, and just as he was thinking about bluer pastures, he spotted an old wooden sailboat resting in a field on the side of the road, with no homes, buildings or water around for miles. As Bauer recounted the story, saying he thought he was seeing a mirage or that the stress of his job had finally made him crack, we on the editorial staff simply scratched our heads and smiled: "Sure, Bob."

Lucky for him, Bauer had snagged a picture of the boat and he e-mailed it to us. His subject line could have read, “See ... I’m not crazy.”

Who left it there, how long has it been there, and what is it doing a hundred miles from the nearest body of water? We can only speculate.

Is anyone out there willing to venture a guess? Leave your idea in the comments section below.