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.”

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”

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”

Kirby paints on a Herreshoff sailing boat

Kirby paints are made here in the US. Kirby paints have been around since the 1800,s. If your ever in New Bedford Mass go take a look at where the paints are made and meet the owners. I use them both on boats and in my home. They do exceptionally well on the hulls andContinue reading “Kirby paints on a Herreshoff sailing boat”

TIGER MARU is heading to sea

After two months of determined work we are almost ready to hit the high sea. It has been a long time dream for both Julien and I to cross the pond in our own boat. Little did I know the amount of energy it would consume. I am tired, frazzled & worn. To view ourContinue reading “TIGER MARU is heading to sea”

Wooden Boat Repair, Restoration & refinishing for the rest of us. NEW YORK

Lots of wooden boat owners can not afford the major refit option here in New York. Many of us realize that plugging away in Martha Stewart style is the way to go. Some of us keep lists with structure being the priority. Not to many,¬†plunk money in the cushions and varnish while ignoring bleeding fasteners,Continue reading “Wooden Boat Repair, Restoration & refinishing for the rest of us. NEW YORK”

Spring Varnish

Brightwork is finiky work. ¬† As an offshore sailor who is pretty rough and tumble, I consider my varnish protection first, perfection second. As a wooden boat owner I am aware not only of the movement of the wood on the boat but also the area’s that take the abuse. Therefor I do things likeContinue reading “Spring Varnish”