Photo/Connecticut Community Boating A little time and a lot of research have always been on Capt. Chris German’s side.

Two months ago, he set out in a race against time to raise at least $100,000 for a downpayment to purchase a 3-masted schooner in Mystic by June 1.

Now, not only does he have a funding package in the works for the ship’s full $1.8 million price tag, but he has an option to purchase a cheaper tall ship based in California. All he has to do is book advance trips to prove a ship is a worthy investment.

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