Waldo Howland Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

From Greensboro, North Carolina

September 27, 2012

“If you can’t make what you are doing fun, something is wrong with what you are doing.”

Waldo Howland (1909-1998)

As owners of the Concordia Company of Padanarum, Massachusetts, Howland and designer Ray Hunt created many of the great yachts of the twentieth century including the 39 and 41 foot Concordia yawls, of which more than one hundred were built, and which was considered by many to be the best cruiser ever made. Howland’s autobiographical trilogy, A Life in Boats, gives essential insight into the practice and recent history of American boatbuilding, and also covers his later years as a board member of Mystic Seaport, one of the best collections of historic boats anywhere. Full disclosure: my wife’s niece is married to Waldo Howland’s grandson.

Greg Bover


  • Amazing video quote Greg! The video was so informative and gave the essence of a classic sailboat and its designer/builder. Thanks.


  • Great quote…I got to know Waldo and his wife Katie well, having been actively involved with a 39 (actually 39’10”) and a 41 (actually 40’10”),,,I remember that Katie’s birthday was February 6th, don’t remember Waldo’s…he used to say that he was “boat minded”…for those that wish to learn more about Concordia’s I would also suggest the book that Elizabeth Meyer published for the 50th anniversary of the Concordia Class…there are a few that live here on Cape Ann..great boats!


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