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...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fresh Paint and Varnish

Yesterday I went to visit my new friend Eddie who lives in the Richmond area and is an avid sailor (here's his building log). He was getting ready to put the last coat of varnish on his new build, Una, an Iain Oughtred-designed Sooty Tern. She is a beautiful open double-ender that barely makes it diagonally in the double-car garage. At 19'6" the Sooty Tern is a stretched Arctic Tern. Narrower that the Caledonia Yawl, I am interested in how she sails. Maybe I'll get the chance to find out someday!

Eddie's happy. An he has the right.

She will have the lug-rigged main with mizzen 


  1. Funny looking guy!
    Definitely enjoyed the chat. I welcome a chance to sail together ... soon! I want to see Annie in her environment and to compare more "details". Later- EB

  2. Nice color scheme! Hmm, where have I seen that . . .

  3. Well it is a lovely colour scheme, virtually the same as I had on my Oughtred Whilly Tern.
    Just goes to show good taste travels well ;-)
    I look forward to seeing photos of her afloat.

  4. She looked robin egg blue...

  5. Port,
    I wish I had seen your boat! Would have saved me a lot of time and anguish. Good to have some validation of taste (good I hope). Was yours Marshall Cove "Sky Blue"?
    Going to check out that interesting sailing canoe a bit more later-

  6. Hi Eddie,
    The colour was actually Biscay Grey by Blakes, although it did have a lot of blue in it. Blakes have now been merged with their parent company Hemple, who have now sadly discontinued the colour. No taste the Dutch!
    Might actually get Katie Beardie sailing later this summer.

  7. Port,
    I don't want to hijack Curt's blog, but are you changing the rig? I've been studying sailing canoes and I'm inclined toward a S&G model.