Ted Okie has been messing around in boats since he could walk. After graduating from NYU he came to Martha's Vineyard to work for Gannon and Benjamin on their first large schooner build 'Rebecca' What was meant to be a 5 month stay on the island turned into 5 years of further cultivating his wooden boat obsession. This culminated in the purchase of a friends 25' project boat and after a winter of upgrades sailed solo from the Vineyard to Cuba in 2003. He later sailed the same vessel to Haiti with his girlfriend in 2006. Concluding he needed a bigger boat (maybe even one he could stand up in) a multi year search began, after too many false starts to mention he finally found Saudade. She was in need of a monumental amount of work, somehow the stars in his eyes blinded him to exactly how much. It was worth it!