Edey & Duff co-founder dies

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Peter Duff, co-founder of boatbuilder Edey & Duff Ltd. in Mattapoisett, Mass., died Aug. 30 of Parkinson’s disease. He was 72.

Bron in 1936, Duff grew up in the suburbs west of Boston. He graduated from Tufts University in 1958 with a degree in nuclear physics.

Duff co-founded Edey & Duff with Mait Edey in 1968. Avid sailors, they built their first cruising sailboat, the Sam Crocker-designed Stone Horse, in Duff's living room and backyard.

The company has since built almost 1,200 boats, including 150 Stone Horses, the shoal-draft Shearwater and Dovekie, the Herreshoff-designed Doughdish and Stuart Knockabout, and the Sakonnet 23, launched a few years ago.

A memorial service will be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Duff’s name to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.

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