Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Summer Students

Kids working on a new Sharpie. MISLEADING LADY is off the ceiling, Progress on SILENT MAID.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Elf sailing

Elf left the seaport for home. Here she is sailing on the Delaware.

Had a grand day at Bayhead, sailing in the Callahan Cup race on TORCH. Second overall, TAMWOCK clipped the committee boat, intersection of the sandpiper and A-cat fleets at K mark made life exciting. Got the ride of the day on BARNEGAT. Wish I had my camera.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Went wood shopping yesterday.
Found some gems.
First, Chip & Char at Medford Cedar Products.
$2 a foot for 5/4 x 6 white cedar rough, Jeff will help with surfacing & ripping for time
Then on to legendary Albert at Diamond M. This is the scariest place on earth for me, but I could just stand in the cedar barn all day and inhale. Better price, clearer stock, already surfaced, but no grade stamp, or labeling, unsure of species. Wish I had the camera.
Saved the best for last, no cedar, but an 80 year old sawyer with a barn full of incredible wood. walnut, cherry, poplar, amazing stuff, furniture grade, ancient old belt driven tools and stories abounding. Plan to stay all day if I go again.
In the end, didn't get anything, will build the mold first, but it is nice to know there are sustainable local sources.
Design wise I am planning on the NJ Beach Skiff, Staten Island skiff, semi dory blend. I want good sailing qualities, easy to sail alone, room to sleep in the boat, about 17 feet in length, flattish bottom for beaching, good tracking for rowwing. a place for the Hobie pedal engine.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Solstice Sail

Went Barnegat Bay sailing with friends, a bit late for the real solstice so the greenheads were out.

Reports were that ELF had most of her sticks via MOSHULU's bowsprit. Fancy that, the great clipper relegated to a shearhulk. John is nothing if not creative. My guess is that she is on her way up to NYC for the Mayor's Cup. Pictures from

I missed all the earlier action with ELF, I was at the cape in June, sailing URCHIN in Pleasant Bay.