Connecticut yacht builder dies of cancer

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Noted yacht builder Hans Zimmer of Ivoryton, Conn., died Sunday at his home after a long bout with cancer. He was 69.

Born in Germany, he emigrated in 1981 to the U.S., where he was a master shipwright at Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn. He took great pride in building and restoring wooden yachts, and his work took him to Sweden, Italy and Germany.

"Hans was bigger than life and was the leading force in many of the more notable projects on America's Cup keels and the restoration of many famous classic sailing and motoryachts," Rives Potts, of Pilots Point Marina, told the online sailing newsletter Scuttlebutt.

"For those of us who worked with him side by side for the past three decades, Hans' passing marks the end of an era," he added. "Many of our current journeyman craftsmen owe their trade education and mentoring to Hans."

Zimmer's family will gather privately to honor his request that his ashes be scattered at sea.

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