The story of Avocette III began in 1931 when she was displayed at the New York boat show at Grand Central Palace. New York yachtsman Fred Voges, age 30, set his eyes on her. Frank Huckins had set her price at $27,000, but the savvy Voges bought her at the show for $17,000, in the middle of the Great Depression.

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