Windlass Installation

August 11, 2018 It is definitely, let us say, a sinking feeling when you think you are drilling a 1 1/4-inch hole through an interior bulkhead, but the hole saw breaks through and daylight comes streaming into the boat.  That means it wasn’t an interior bulkhead at all, but that the Tardis temporarily had a

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Work Zone

August 4, 2018 Being tied to the dock, both literally and figuratively, I decided to take on some of the larger projects that will turn the Tardis into a cruiser capable of both marina living and independence from the shore while on the anchor.  I’ve been working in bursts between other commitments when it’s not

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Finally In

July 4, 2018 Tardis is finally back in the water after a host of family health problems, other projects and the campaigning season all conspired against boat work. The good news is that in the two and three hour gaps I had, I got some much-needed projects completed, and the boat is in good shape

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It’s Finally Done

June 3, 2018 It’s finally done — — Not the Tardis re-launch — Not the dinghy — Not the Osprey steamboat or Alva Starr drag boat for the Connecticut River Museum. They wait and wonder what the hell I’ve been doing. But The Red Flash (Compass Skiff) as Ray calls it, is done after taking

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The Boat Shop

May 3, 2018 Between bad weather and a new transmission for boat hauler Chadd Mowrey, Tardis is running a couple weeks late getting back to Connecticut. But in the meantime, the shop is totally full of projects: — Ray’s Herreshoff 12 1/2 footer is under the tarp.  We have some final bottom work to do,

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Back to Work

April 15, 2018 Tardis is still lollygagging around down in Florida, which is just as well since (once again) snow showers are forecast for tomorrow. It has been hard getting the shop back in shape and back to work.  But one of the distractions was accompanying Molly up to Maine for the Governor’s Travel Conference

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Home Sweet Cold, Snowy Home

March 26, 2018 John and I had a great time in St. Augustine sightseeing, eating, and playing mini-golf (he won), then back down the ICW to Vero Beach.  Totally uneventful with stops in Daytona and Titusville and a long, but easy, 60-miler the last day so John could celebrate his birthday with our Vero friends

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Alone at Sea

March 15, 2018 As a young man I devoured all the books of the great solo circumnavigators — Slocum, Chichester, Aebi, Guzwell and the greatest of them all, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.  Although life choices and the fact that I am a pretty timid sailor took me in other directions, doing the 6000-mile Great Loop (always

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Youth Sailing Foundation

March 9, 2018 While in Vero, I had a great time helping out at the Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County.  As a former reporter, I must disclose that Pat Harris, a close friend and business associate for 35 years, is Chairman of the Foundation.  But I will also disclose that I was a

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On Vacation

February 27, 2018 Molly was aboard for 10 days and NOTHING got done on the boat.  For the first time since I retired in 2012, I have really been feeling retired and we had a great time in Vero and Miami, seeing old friends, visiting great gardens (Molly’s passion), eating wonderful meals and enjoying a

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