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Carl Cramer talks about his retirement plans

Carl Cramer wants to use his three wooden boats.

“I want to get back to doing the things I used to derive a lot of enjoyment from and just haven’t had time to do them,” Cramer told Trade Only Today. “I’m going to go sailing and powerboating every day. No wind today? Powerboat. Wind’s coming? Sailboat.”

Cramer announced Tuesday that after 26-1/2 years he will retire from Maine-based Professional BoatBuilder and WoodenBoat magazines.

Boating every day — in Maine?

“So maybe I’ll do things I’ve always wanted to do, like take the powerboat down the ICW — the Intracoastal Waterway — but maybe not,” Cramer said. “This is all brand-new in concept, so I really haven’t thought it out very much. I want to build a shop and some boats.”

Cramer says he wants to build on the skills acquired in the last two-plus decades and that Ankle Deep, the last boat Uffa Fox designed, at age 74, will be among his first boatbuilding projects.

“I’m going to build boats again for my own personal enjoyment,” Cramer said. “Prior to coming here, I was engaged in a series of failures as a yacht designer, a boatbuilder and a boat repairer. WoodenBoat picked me up out of the gutter and gave me a job, a career, a family and a life. So now I hope to have the skills to build and design better boats.”

In an announcement Cramer sent out Tuesday, he thanked readers for “loyal support over the 24-plus years we've been publishing ProBoat and the 22 years we've been producing IBEX. Surely I'll be seeing you at IBEX and METS next year, and of course at Vripack Design's Pecha Kucha event on Nov. 17 in Amsterdam.”

Cramer was quick to point out that he is retiring, not vanishing.

“I’m proud of having worked with an exceptional group of people who I consider to be my family, and that’s not going to disappear by my retiring. I live one mile away,” Cramer told Trade Only. “We’re an independent company and we all take pride in that. We strive to put out the best product and services for our respective industries. That’s what I’m proud of, to be part of this family.”

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