Preview: Small Boats, High Calling. The Influence of Steve Corkery.

March 25, 2012

Queene Foster

I met Steve Corkery at Coecles Harbor Marina and Boatyard on Shelter Island, New York. He was always there walking the docks and if he wasn’t immediately available, it was because he was out sailing with Maureen, his wife of 47 years, and they would be back in an hour or so. There they’d be, out in the harbor, tacking along under a little gaff rig, rain or shine, any season. If you wanted to talk to him, you had to fit into his sailing schedule.

Steve Corkery

Steve helps people obtain the right boat for their boating dreams. Bill Mayher calls him a classic boat matchmaker in WoodenBoat #201 (March/April 2008). But Steve is much more than a boat broker. Bill captures it here:

“When he talks about the magic of boats and their uses in people’s lives, he becomes all alight, a spell weaver, a man with a dream to share and the power totake us back in time…. Suddenly people listening to him can see themselves at the helm of this or that masterpiece.”

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