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by Dean Travis Clarke

Spencer 87

By Dean Travis Clarke | Posted June 2012

The new custom Spencer 87, Betsy, shows how far convertible design and construction have come. Custom yachts by definition are born in that ineffable realm between what’s been done before and what could still yet be accomplished. They push the envelope, and the results aren’t always good. Sometimes owners go too far afield and their vision simply doesn’t translate. Or a builder stretches its capabilities to the limit and the outcome can be a nasty, sordid affair with rooms full of lawyers and buckets of bad blood. I never know exactly what I’ll find when I take a custom sportfish out for a sea trial...

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