Since 1978 I have been fortunate to sail wooden boats. In 2006 I set out to find a Drascombe Longboat Cruiser for single-handed expedition sailing. This is the continuing story of how it came to be, our adventures, notes on the maritime world and other things I don't want to forget...

Friday, April 3, 2015

On the Pungo River

I trailered Annie to Behaven, North Carolina for a four day sail and camp this past week. It was a cold, blustery, rainy, calm, sunny, and warm trip. Three boats, five guys. A nice description can be found at Lingering Lunacy. I'll supplement Eddie's account with more pictures. I feel safe in saying that a good time was had by all.

Friday, March 27, 2015


There is a new safety chain ready to mount on the trailer. There's a outboard ready to get its first pull of the season. There is more gear getting loaded in the truck. Tomorrow its over to Urbanna and Sunday morning early... south to North Carolina to rendezvous with friends to sail the Pamlico Sound. It is rather cold today, in the 40s (F) and raining, but the forecast for next week looks pretty good.

Will be checking in later but here's a couple new paintings before we head out.

Crab Steamin' Day

One Lung Skiff

Saturday, March 14, 2015

An Old Gift

Spring readiness projects have been going well. Small repairs are done and tomorrow the weather looks nice for a trip over to Urbanna to re-rig Annie. The yard jaws needed new leather and I had just the right piece. I have been carrying around a bag of leather my dad gave me from the furniture plant he ran while I was a boy. He taught me how to make things and solve problems. His lessons have come in handy more than once on the water. There are only a few pieces left now after more than thirty years but it still feels good to find a use for them.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Last One

We drove to Annapolis, Maryland yesterday for a family funeral at the Naval Academy. A bittersweet reunion with cousins. Now, all our parents, aunts and uncles have passed on. They were special and are missed.

Although only a couple of hours north, it was markedly colder. The Annapolis harbor was frozen and except for gulls and ducks, there was little activity on the water.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Clay Work

Eleanor and I have been collaborating on maritime ceramic sculptures. I started by making boats in wood for her clay figures and have recently changed to clay as well. It is in the early stages but we have finished a number of pieces and have shown a few in our Florida gallery to good response. It has been a nice complement to our daily painting.

Bread Winner


Eleanor's latest, awaiting glaze and fire

'Boatbuilding' in clay