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"She's white now," my mother said. 

I had just shown her this picture.


"Do you recognize her?" I'd asked. 

"Yes, it's Cadenza."  A C&C 39.  She and my father had had her built and launched in 1975. In the 70s and 80s, they sailed her thousands of miles around Maine and from Newfoundland to Bermuda and the Bahamas.

"She's always been white," I said.

"Didn't she used to be black?"

As far as I know my parents never owned a black boat.  My father used to quote L. Francis Herreshoff as having said, "there are only two colors to paint a boat - white and black - and only a damn fool would paint his boat black."

"No, she was never black," I said.

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