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Atkin sailing into 40th anniversary with WoodenBoat

Updated 10:51 am, Sunday, June 22, 2014

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  • Pat Atkin, of Darien, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of WoodenBoat Magazine. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News
    Pat Atkin, of Darien, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of WoodenBoat Magazine. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Darien resident Pat Atkin has been running Atkin & Co., a wooden boat design business, since her husband, John, died in 1999.

The company, which was started in 1906 by her father-in-law, Bill Atkin, offers more than 300 practical and well-proven wooden boat designs, including Atkin double-enders, traditional offshore and coastal cruising yachts, rowing/sailing dinghies, utilities and houseboats.

In recent years, Pat Atkin has been attending the WoodenBoat Show, which is produced by WoodenBoat Magazine and attracts more than 13,000 boating enthusiasts each year. The show includes boat displays, family boat building, expert skills demonstrations, marine accessories, books, art and tools, as well as boat plans.

The magazine is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Atkin & Co. was featured in the first issue in 1974 with a Modified Friendship Sloop designed in 1951 by John Atkin.

"I'm truly looking forward to the 40th anniversary celebration and seeing my good friend Jon Wilson, who created WoodenBoat Magazine back in 1974," Pat Atkin said in a news release.

Atkin & Co. will have a booth at the 2014 WoodenBoat Show, which takes place June 27 to 29 at Mystic Seaport in Mystic and includes admission to Mystic Seaport displays and activities. Participating Atkin boats will include a Ninigret from Maine and an Ondine from Florida.

Atkin has lived in Darien since 1945 and continues to run the family business from her Darien office surrounded by new and old photos, boat models and drawing tools.

She is also an award-winning artist and potter and board member of the Darien Arts Center.