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Quintessence is one of a series of boats built on a Dictator hull by Jarvis Newman and Malcolm Pettigrew of Southwest Harbor, Maine. The original Dictator was a Friendship sloop built in the early 1900's. Newman found the badly deteriorated boat and completely restored it. In the process he took the lines off that hull and used them to construct the Dictator series of boats in glass. Most were finished as Sloops. Quintessence was built out as a schooner.
Quintessence finished first in class "C" and won "Best Overall" in the 2007 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Quintessence could not race in 2008. A severe rot problem was uncovered in the cockpit area. She is currently under repair at deRouvill's Boatyard.