The Long Island chapter wishes to welcome in our new members Matt and Fanny Kleisler.

Matt grew up on the south shore of Long Island and his youth was spent with many days on the Great South Bay. His family had a sail boat and took many trips around Long Island with the Great South Bay Cruising Club.

After a great deal of searching as an adult for the same boat from his childhood, he ran across one that seemed to speak to him. In 2015 Fanny and Matt purchased a Viking 23. Built in Croatia around 1958, it was discovered that it was built not only in the same yard as the boat he grew up on, but by the same craftsmen.

Since 2015, “Cuttlefish” has been worked on extensively. In 2017, she enjoyed her first sail after sitting on a trailer for over 10 years. There is a great deal of work to be done but each year she will be put in and enjoyed.

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