Some Paint and Polish at the Start of the Season

The 63′ schooner WHEN & IF, designed by John Alden for Gen. George Patton to use “when and if” he survived World War II, is in Rockport Harbor for some maintenance before the season gets underway. Not only did Patton survive the war, of course, but his yacht has endured more than its share of hardships, too. It parted its mooring in 1990 and sustained significant damage on the shore north of Boston, but was subsequently rebuilt by the yard of Gannon & Benjamin in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. She cuts a commanding presence on the coast, and will be back to finest form after a brief yard period at Rockport Marine.