Business People Vermont April 2017 : Page 5

a new enterprise — a jewelry cre-being rehabbed. It has thousands ation business called Vermont of subscribers, he says. “Ninety-Amber Designs. Their son, Paul, five percent of our business comes and his wife, Lynnette, live in from those YouTube videos.” Monkton, where Paul runs PC Since that breakthrough with Medic of Vermont. the Little Chief , business has picked At home, on their property up appreciably. Through their asso-with beautiful, windswept views ciation in the Antique and Classic where a trio of solar trackers and a Boat Society, Bill Truex has seen small wind turbine provide most Claudon’s skills and reputation of the power for the Boatworks flower. The Society, whose Lake and the house, the Claudons are Champlain chapter includes 125 enthusiastic gardeners, growing members, organizes occasional vegetables and perennials. They workshops, where some particular also own a lakeside getaway and restoration challenge is addressed. a sailboat — a J/105 named Foxy Claudon and Truex attend work-Lady . shops together, and Claudon some-But Claudon is not immune times hosts them in Weybridge. to the lure of powerful, wooden “There’s just a small group of inboards. Last summer he drove professionals who do this kind of up to Ontario to rescue a 1953 thing,” says Truex. “Michael is one Progress is slow and deliberate as Shepherd runabout, which now of the newcomers, and he’s gotten necessary patches are integrated into holds a prominent place in his really, really good at what he does.” the seasoned, stable wood. Roger “RJ” shop as he and his crew restore it. Claudon also makes himself Towle is head of finish restoration. This one’s not for sale. “The available as a resource to others, boat is a Model 110-S runabout just as Don Danenberg has gra-powered by a 331-cubic-inch V8 ciously accepted calls from him. Hemi Dual Quad Four V-Drive 300 horsepower engine,” he “We’re all in this to save old wood boats,” he says. “If I can says, almost sighing. help someone not put fiberglass on a wooden hull, I’ve saved Its wood shines, and though Claudon hasn’t driven it yet, one more.” Shirley has retired, too, but like her husband, has founded he’s sure it will go real fast. • BR AD PET TENGILL BUSINESS PEOPLE–VERMONT • APRIL 2017 5

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