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...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

West Coast

Just back from the Bay Area... California that is. Visiting our daughter who moved there to dance and choreograph. We spent ten days doing as much as we could pack in. Here is a couple of boat shots you might like. The first are the often-snapped-by-every-tourist fishing boats 'parked' along the boardwalk at Fisherman's Wharf where cold seafood and sour dough bread is eaten liberally...

The second is a yacht passing under the Golden Gate Bridge well-reefed in a fresh breeze that just about knocked over the photographer...

Looking forward to the next visit!

PS:  Didn't McGyver live on a houseboat in Sausalito?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Busy Week

In preparation for a one-person show of my paintings in Urbanna during the Virginia Oyster Festival, I have visited two oyster farming operations this week. I want to focus some of my paintings on oystering– both traditional dredging and aquaculture. The latter has become a sustainable alternative and is having a positive impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Monday morning I arrived at Chapel Creek where Trey Sowers took me out to his traps aboard a custom built barge. It was around 0700 and still cold. He collected eight that he stacked on deck. The traps were attached to a line stretched between poles. He clipped the work boat along the line and as he moved along, he used a battery-powered winch on a swivel boom to haul the traps aboard. They were brought back to creek head to sort out market size oysters (3") before being returned to the water. Trey was very generous with his knowledge and I came away with a pretty good understanding of the ins and outs of oyster farming.

Trey Sowers of Chapel Creek Oyster Co.


This morning I returned to the small village of Wake, Virginia along the Rappahannock River. I got a tour of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Company with Karen and Doug McMinn. Where the land operation at Chapel Creek was basically a dock by a ramp,  Chesapeake Bay worked out of an old fish house with a covered dock that the skiffs used for collecting cages off loaded. The building also had a large area for growing seed oysters and mechanical equipment to grade or size oysters harvested in the cages. The McMinns like Trey Sowers were young, industrious and well-educated business people that are committed to a sustainable practice that will help the Bay, utilizing the filtering power of oysters. Not to mention some of the best tasting seafood anywhere.

The McMinns of Chesapeake Bay Oyster Co.

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