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, September 24, 2016


Annie and I are leaving for a fall sail early next Wednesday. Have started to pack gear ... tested  motor this morning, running well. Planning to make it a work/pleasure trip. Need new sketches for studio paintings.

Found a marina in Shady Side, south of Annapolis on the western shore to launch from. Weather is looking pretty good. Steve is heading out of Cambridge on the Eastern Shore this weekend. I'll be watching out for three sails on the horizon. Plan to sail over and attend the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival in St. Michaels, Maryland on the weekend.

While in Solomons, Maryland on the buyboat cruise a few weeks ago, Vera and I noticed an old photo of John England and I from a small craft meet we attended years ago. See them and many more old friends soon...

John (with ultralight) and I, St. Marys City, c. 1990

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

"Once I dream it, I can build it"

That's a quote by Frances Goddard, storied boatbuilder from Piney Point, Maryland. He has built untold Chesapeake workboats over the last 60 years. He told me there are well over a hundred documented vessels. They include the skipjacks Connie Francis and the Dee of St. Marys, the latter has recently joined the preserved in-water craft at the Calvert Marine Museum. A few weeks back I had the pleasure of talking with Frances at Calvert where I curated in the late 80s and early 90s. I have long had a photograph of him from '83 over my desk.

At Calvert

Frances Goddard and the Connie Frances

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Annie has been in the backyard for several months in Richmond. That's an hour's drive to our sailing waters. I have been quite busy with other projects but have found time and very much enjoyed working on her. Since we left Florida four years ago her maintenance has been on the fly, mostly quick repairs wherever we wherever- be it Urbanna, Mathews, Gwynns Island our on a sail in the Chesapeake or the Outer Banks. And she's turning ten this year... I want her looking young and fresh.

Here are some of the work done:
- prepped and repainted decks
- revarnished exterior brightwork
- built and finished new sculling oar
- cleaned and re-oiled interior
- replaced roller reefing line
- repainted boarding ladder
- replaced trailer tire
- built a new whisker pole to stiffen mainsail foot
- relaced mizzen sail
- replaced jiffy reefing lines on main

Soon the fence will be taken off again and it will be back to the Bay...

Monday, August 29, 2016

New Work

New in the Maritime Heritage series... Red Boot (after S Brown), acrylic on canvas, 18"x18"
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Buyboat Reunion

I joined the northern leg of the 2016 Chesapeake Buyboat Reunion Tour. It was be my third time crewing on the F.D. Crockett out of Deltaville. She had worked her way up the Bay from Cape Charles and I jumped on at Solomons Island, Maryland for six days as we crossed over to St. Michaels. At the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons we opened the boat for walk-on tours along with other restored boats. Having been a curator at Calvert in the late 80's and early '90s it was fun to talk with old friends and see the changes in the museum's extensive exhibits.

The next morning we set out across the Bay to rendezvous with buyboats from the northern Chesapeake. We headed toward the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. There we docked with 12 other boats, gave tours, ate a steamed crab feast, and participated in the annual Waterman's Festival. Four days later we returned to Solomons and I jumped off to return to Richmond. Really enjoyed the time on the water, the comraderie and the chance to be a part of an incredible preservation activity!