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Nov 4, 2014
Celeste in the maine shed at Platypus Marine in Port Angeles, Wash.

Celeste in the maine shed at Platypus Marine in Port Angeles, Wash.

Ellen Massey Leonard

Would you take a wooden sailboat into the ice-filled waters of the Arctic? Circumnavigators Ellen and Seth Leonard will be doing just that. They are taking their cold-molded cutter Celeste to the Northwest Passage next year. But first Celeste spent some time at Platypus Marine in Port Angeles, Wash., where the Leonards had a fiberglass skin laid down over Celeste's wood strips and then added a waterline belt of armor like a dreadnought battleship. Except this armor wasn't plate steel to stop torpedoes but Kevlar cloth to prevent sharp surface ice from slashing Celeste's hull. Read more about Celeste's ice defenses and a sea trial in Alaska in the upcoming January issue of ON

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