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get­ting there.”

Which was crazy, con­sid­er­ing what they’d been through.

Thomp­son said Hori­zon had lost 43 yachts and three chase boats in the storms, with an­other 20 boats suf­fer­ing dam­age. Many of those were un­der­go­ing re­pairs. Of the mono­hulls that sur­vived, all but one had been dis­masted. “At the mo­ment, we’re ba­si­cally a boat­build­ing fa­cil­ity,” he said as he took me on a tour of the ad­ja­cent boat­yard. To that end, he’d or­dered 21/2 tons of resin and fiber­glass, and an­other half a ton of gel­coat. But an­other round of new boats — Bavarias, Nau­titechs and Foun­taine Pa­jots — was also on order.

Down the road at Conch Char­ters, Pe­ter Twist ex­plained that the com­pany had been in busi­ness for

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