by Brooke Kansier, Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — Nothing compares, Laura Quackenbush says, to the gleam of the water and the spray of the surf under Madeline’s billowing sails.

But it takes some work to get there.

“The schooner Madeline is an all-volunteer crew,” said Quackenbush, co-coordinator of the Maritime Heritage Alliance’s tall ship program. “We have a specific training structure — just as any well-built ship has structure.”

The organization will begin recruiting deckhands in February for its 2018 training program, which, after some practice, allows participants to man the Madeline and MHA’s smaller vessels.

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