Kelpie, or water kelpie, is the Scots name given to a shape-shifting water spirit inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland. The origin of the belief in malevolent water horses has been proposed as originating in human sacrifices once made to appease gods associated with water, but narratives about the kelpie also served a practical purpose in keeping children away from dangerous stretches of water, and warning young women to be wary of handsome strangers.
Designed by Francis Sweisguth and built at the Harvey Gamage Shipyard in 1928, Kelpie is a 78.8ft traditional gaff-rigged schooner once employed by the U.S. Coast Guard to hunt German U-Boats during WWII.
After being fully restored and named Classic Refit of the by Year Classic Boat Magazine in 2014, Kelpie entered the Mediterranean regatta circuit and immediately took first at the Pendennis Cup in Cornwall, England. She went on to compete among the finest super-yachts in the world before catching the eye of Captain Shannon Carleton, best known for her collaboration in converting a privately owned catamaran into the Hamptons’ first inspected sailing yacht certified to carry up to 38 passengers.
Kelpie is currently in the final stages of the inspection process to be certified for 41 passengers, reuniting her with the U.S. Coast Guard once again and ruling the fleet as the leading inspected private yacht in the Hamptons.
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