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, May 31, 2015

Breakin' Out

Traveled to Urbanna last weekend. It had been 'waterless' too long, with our trip to the West Coast and my studio work filling the hours and days. After a bit of maintenance and a slow start I put in at the Town Dock Saturday afternoon and headed for Corratoman River. Once across the Rappahanock I tucked in behind Ball Point and anchored as the sun set. It wasn't the stillest night. A southwest breeze picked up and even with the mizzen sheeted tight, the small waves continued to slap the starboard side pretty much until dawn. I guess I could have moved but didn't seem to care.

Next morning brought a nice sail and even though it was Memorial Day weekend there was surprisingly few boats on the rivers. Back for a big breakfast in town. Sometimes you just need to wash the brushes and lock the studio door.

Lunch on the dock

Looking for an anchorage

Hook down

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?