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Perception was custom built in KeriKeri, New Zealand, taking 3 years to complete. Perception took part in the Tall Ships celebration in 1988 for the Australian Bicentennial in Sydney as one of only two New Zealand representatives. In 2001 the architect Jamie Weisman purchased her. Under his captainship Perception has been to the Azores, Lisbon, Brazil, Madeira, Cape Verde, Trinidad, the Canary Islands, Bermuda, and Bequia. The trip from New Zealand to Jamie’s home in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts took him to the South Pacific, past Easter Island, and through the Galapagos and the Panama Canal. After Jamie’s passing, the nonprofit Michigan Challenge Traditional Sail Training purchased her in 2017 for sail training on the Great Lakes. Her mission is to provide tuition-free sail training to Gold Star Teens, veterans and their families, and grieving youth.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Schooner
Homeport: Northport, MI
Sparred Length: 68'
LOA: 54'
LOD: 50'
LWL: 47'
Draft: 5' 8
Beam: 13' 2
Rig height: 70'
Freeboard: 4'
Sail Area: 1620
Tons: 20
Hull: Steel


Who Sails? Youth
Program Type: Sail Training
Normal cruising waters: Great Lakes
Season: May-October
Built: 1985
Crew: 5
Contact: Captain Bryan Edward Smith, President
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