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...

Sunday, April 15, 2018

New Wings

Picked up Annie's new sails a couple of days ago in Deltaville. They look well made and the price was fair. I returned by the marina at Gwynn's Island and started the rigging chores. It became quickly evident that  a lot of work was needed back at the shop.

Fast forward. I fashioned a new slotted aluminum tube to stiffen the jib luff and give it strong furling. The yard and mizzen were laced and parrel beads knotted and tied in to the main. My fingers were crossed that the sails would fit and set well.

Then yesterday. with all the sails bent on I set them on Annie (on the trailer) and they looked good. Next week she will get her shakedown...


  1. Congrats on the new suit of sails. That's a major investment, and one that can make a huge difference in how the boat handles. I've got a little Phil Bolger Teal that is still on her first sail, which was made by Bohndell's, back in the early 1980s. I look forward to reading about your first test of the new yard goods.

  2. Thanks Chris... its a good feeling to get the ones I lost replaced. Fair sailing to you.

  3. Good job on the new nautical laundry, y'all deserve it. Can't wait to read about more of your travels.

  4. Glad to see things are progressing Curt. Looking forward to seeing you and Annie back on the water. take care now

  5. Thanks Steve and Clark... best to you both.