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...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Outer Banks Old School

As posted before, my first job after grad school was at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. After that 'went south'... a water spout wrecking my apartment in Kill Devil Hills, bad choice in girls, and a grant that faded... I moved to Duck, a few miles north. My good friend Joe Britt was building some of the first beach houses there and asked me to help him start a small recreational sailing business for the new new vacationers. Got a free apartment out of the deal and a lot of studying time for my, then, upcoming cruise south to Florida.


I recently googled Nor'Banks (see here) and found that it is still in business and has grown to one of the Outer Banks "go to" fun spots offering every water sport you can think of. Jon, the son and owner, was a boy back then with a keen interest in what was going on. It paid off.


  1. Curt, my family and I have enjoyed vacationing in Sanderling for years, and the last time we were down there we rented a Flying Scot at 'Nor Banks for a few hours. Much fun was had by all:


  2. Small world. Sanderling was one of the first developments north of Southern Shores. I always liked how they designed it into the maritime forest environment.