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September 7, 2013

Talk of the Times: Home-built sailboat finds place among schooners

Talk of the Times

A sailboat built last summer, named for a Gloucester neighborhood and moored locally, was floating among the big vessels in the Parade of Sail during last weekend’s Schooner Festival.

“The boat is named Tribute II Rocky Neck, pun on II / to completely intended,” said the vessel’s builder, Mark Goetemann. “It is a Montgomery Fish Boat from the chine down, my own lapstraked lines above. The rig is a pre-1960s Fish Boat rig. She is made of various eucalyptus (mahogany, red grandis, cumuru) and white oak, all solid, scarf jointed boards, no plywood.”

“I know I’m just a drop in the bucket compared to the other great ocean-going vessels that will be in the harbor,” Goetemann said last week, “however, though it’s a big name for a little boat, the gesture of building this classic boat in the spirit and celebration of Gloucester boatbuilding heritage is one that all of us in Gloucester can appreciate.”

Goetemann, a Lincoln-based custom builder of homes, moors the Tribute II Rocky Neck at the dock behind his parents’ Goetemann Gallery, at 37 Rocky Neck Ave.

Baseball business

The surging Red Sox have once again captured the attention of New England sports fans this summer.

But big league sports is big business, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will offer members and visitors a chance to get a first-hand look at the business of baseball with a special breakfast meeting Tuesday morning at the The Essex Room at Woodman’s in Essex.

Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox chief operating officer, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Chamber’s September membership breakfast. The event will open with check-in and breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the program set for 8 a.m.

Kennedy’s talk on “The Business of Baseball” will focus on the multi-faceted business side of the Red Sox’ operations at Fenway Park. He will also bring some special gifts from the American League’s Eastern Division-leading Sox as they head down the season’s home stretch.

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