building a Timberpoint Sloop knockabout

Julien can’t let go of this youth. He sailed this sweet knockabout as a teenager from the great South Bay Long Island to the Bahamas. Social distancing enabled Julien to get on it. Julien has decided to build a cold molded version. It will be a trailered boat that will not be effected by theContinue reading “building a Timberpoint Sloop knockabout”

Douarnenez France. Winter storage for wooden boats.

The lovely city of Douarnenez France has become A home away from home for us. This magical waterside city is where we are keeping our wooden boat for the winter. I highly recommend it as a winter storage for any sailing boat on the Brittany coast. It is an exceptional place for wooden boats asContinue reading “Douarnenez France. Winter storage for wooden boats.”

We love Hoedic Isle Brittany France

We love anchoring. That has been hard here in Brittany France. Sometimes the water is to deep and often rocky. More of the time the harbor dries completely out. Most often the places we are able to anchor are packed. We loved Hoedic island. Here there are no cars, just a ferry to transport peopleContinue reading “We love Hoedic Isle Brittany France”

Vannes a city of great gardens and 16 th century timber frame homes

We didn’t sail into the port. We couldn’t bother to get tides right and opening bridges. We hopped a bus and off we went. You can read all you want about Vannes on google. What we loved were the timber frame homes ( as we built the back side of our house out of twistedContinue reading “Vannes a city of great gardens and 16 th century timber frame homes”

Sailing the south coast of Brittany France

There is a lot more sand and less rocks here in the south part of Brittany. Many islands dot the coast and the land gently rolls into the ocean. There is also a lot of low water that drys out and becomes sandy beach. These beach’s fill up with sunbathers at low water. At highContinue reading “Sailing the south coast of Brittany France”

Wooden boat festival in dourdenez France

We arrived early to the festival in dourdenez France. We spent most of that week at the Trombel and port ru part of the waterfront. It wasn’t until about a week in we happened to explore the sardine processing plant and found the other harbor. This is where the 600 wooden boats packed in forContinue reading “Wooden boat festival in dourdenez France”

Ike Aux Moines island in the Gulf of Morbihan Brittany France

We never figured out when the island was settled and by whom but we sure loved this gem of a spot. It may actually be my favorite island on the whole darn trip. We anchored off plage de Gored just below a Dolmen or burial cite from the Celtic civilization. The Morbihan is littered withContinue reading “Ike Aux Moines island in the Gulf of Morbihan Brittany France”

Scilly Isles Sailing

We can’t say enough about the beautiful coast of Cornwall and Devon. But then we arrived in the Scilly isles with pure water, seaweed low tides and silky sand we thought we were back in the West Indies. So many islands to explore here, 30 miles off lands end- UK s most western point. AllContinue reading “Scilly Isles Sailing”

Sally B, David Sycamore & Christina

They caught our short lines. Made fast my uncleated breast line. Frantically pulling in tiger maru who was running down currant on a pontoon in the harbor entrance of Douarnenez. We were tired from our crossing and the Ushant shipping lane that crossed the Brittany coast and English Channel. Thanks to david and Christina weContinue reading “Sally B, David Sycamore & Christina”

Sailing Cornwall United Kingdom aboard Tiger Maru

When I first saw Ibis at Antiqua Classics, I knew I would have to sail to England. For many years I read anything about fishing boats, smacks, oyster sailboats, troshers & fishing schooners that I could get my hands on. Something about the lines of these boats, combined with the large sail area broken intoContinue reading “Sailing Cornwall United Kingdom aboard Tiger Maru”