Charlotte

Charlotte “Open”

Charlotte is a portrait of an extraordinary boatyard, the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway, located on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin established the boatyard in 1980 with the purpose of designing, building, restoring, and maintaining traditionally built wooden sailing boats. Now, after more than 30 years of designing and producing boats for others, Nat embarks on building a 50 foot gaff rigged schooner for use by his family and friends — her name is Charlotte.

Through its careful portrayal of the everyday activities in and around the boatyard, the film emerges as a meditation on craftsmanship, tradition, family, community, and the love of the sea.


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