Come sail away: Da Vinci-inspired sailboat heading on 1,900-mile journey to Dominican Republican – The Times

Wolfgang Michael Dunker's sailboat has turned plenty of heads in Bridgewater because of a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" decorating both sides.

BRIDGEWATER — Late Monday afternoon, Sandi Rollins of Economy and a friend stopped for a treat at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream on Riverside Drive.

Rollins looked across the street along this stretch of eateries and bars parallel to Route 51 and did a double-take.

“Is that what I’m seeing?” she said, her eyes fixated on an arresting sight — a group of diners on a vintage, 25-foot sailboat parked on a trailer overlooking the Beaver River.

Boats certainly aren’t unusual here, but this one — and its guests — is divine.

Decorating both sides of the sleek craft is a mural — a blown-up replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper.”

This close-up view shows a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" that decorates Wolfgang Michael Dunker's 25-foot sailboat on both sides. A sign-maker in Falconer, NY, photographed a framed picture of the masterpiece that hung in Dunker's living room in West Elliott, NY, enlarged it on vinyl wrap and glued it to the boat.

“It’s beautiful. I’m really impressed,” said Rollins, who had to drive over for a closer look and a photograph. “It’s inspirational, too. I’m privileged to see this.”

So are many others who pull over — about a half dozen or more a day — for a look-see or to capture the image.

Wolfgang Michael Dunker of West Ellicott, NY, abutting Jamestown in Chautauqua County, owns the Hunter sailboat built in 1976. He arrived in Beaver County a week ago, towing the boat he’s owned since 2000 behind a 22-foot Winnebago. Dunker plans to launch as soon as Friday — depending on how quickly he completes last-minute repairs — and cruise to the Dominican Republic.

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