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Luders Yachts are the creation of Alfred E. (Bill) Luders, who designed many famous yachts, including the sloop American Eagle. Bill Luders spent most of his career working at Luders Marine Construction, originally founded by his father. During WWII, the company built more than 100 vessels for the Military including minesweepers, patrol craft and submarine chasers. During the 1930's, Luders had great success as designer and skipper in the six meter class. In 1958, the yard built the America's Cup boat Weatherly to the design of Philip Rhodes. Weatherly was not a successful campaigner in that series, but after a redesign by Mr. Luders, she successfully defended the cup in 1964. Mr. Luders designed and built many others yachts for owners such as King Olaf V of Norway, actor Yul Brenner, Nelson Rockefeller and the Pulitzer family. The Luders shipyard closed in 1968. The last racing yachts designed and built by Luders were a number of 5.5 meter sloops, a class used in many international competitions.

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