Okay, this post isn’t about a boat. It’s a post about a documentary about a boat. Specifically, a film documenting the restoration of Merillee, the 1926 Herreshoff NY40. Nautical filmmaker and photographer Alison Langley followed the two-year restoration of the Nathanael G. Herreshoff-designed New York 40 sailing yacht. This film captures the craftsmanship of the artisans at French & Webb in Belfast, Maine; the ingenuity of engineering and design from Herreshoff experts; and the vision of her current custodian. As Cruising World put it: “From interviews with the builders, designers, archivists and team members to footage of the artisans at work, the film captures moments where modern innovations and engineering were combined with meticulous craftsmanship to achieve extraordinary results. Paired with onboard and aerial racing footage of Marilee, this is a must-see documentary for classic yacht lovers.” We can’t wait.
The film is due to be released later this month. Watch the trailer here.