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Passion for classic yachts


For some owners, history is paramount. ‘There’s classic and then there’s historic, and the history is what catches our fancy,’ says Marty Sutter, whose 33m Burger Chanticleer _was built for Ogden Phipps, the man who famously lost _Secretariat in a coin toss. Phipps renamed Secretariat Buckpasser, after one of his most famous horses. ‘The irony is that in 1973 when this boat was launched, Secretariat [the horse] won the Triple Crown,’ Sutter says.

But the real historic value for Sutter and wife Lisa is a more recent owner, American songstress and avid yachtswoman Frances Langford Evinrude, known for the song I’m in the Mood for Love.

‘When [Frances] owned the boat, she was in her eighties, and when an eighty year-old woman buys a boat herself, she can do whatever she wants to it – and the boat was very pink!’ Sutter says.

The Sutters weren’t strangers to interior overhauls; they refitted the 1930 Canim without any interior photos, modelling her after other yachts from the era, most notably Delphine. They continued this classic look on Chanticleer, updating it with 1970s style and distinctive rosewood soles.

‘We want to maintain these boats as if they were maintained by their original owners in the spirit and the vision they had,’ says Sutter, who is humbled by the idea of being a ‘steward of history,’ a caretaker of historical yachts for future generations.

‘The reason people own classic yachts – it’s passion, first of all, and you have to have a willingness and commitment level to be a proper custodian.’

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