Not Dead Yet

January 19, 2020 I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I posted anything on this site, but I had a lot of excuses:  a bruising municipal election campaign (we won!), a trip to France for the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion,  the death of my image-stabilized camera, and a fabulous five-week

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Off the Grid

August 27, 2020 We’re holed up in Sakannot Marina, Narragansett Bay, waiting out bad thunderstorms that actually caused tornadoes back home in Connecticut!  The picture is from Mystic Seaport, where I’ve been looking at the extremely shallow anchorage in the Mystic River just north of the museum for something like 35 years and finally have

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Covid Canoe and Cruising

July 22, 2020   I have been working on a little strip-planked canoe called a “Nymph” for about a year, but it is pretty complicated process, and I kept getting sidetracked by travel, the big boat, political campaigns, etc. — until now, of course. With the pandemic and the long process of getting my eyes

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Finishing Touches

June 13, 2020 With some cataract surgery coming up and my distance vision so-so, I have been hesitant to go out on the water lest I whack a kayaker or two  So I haven’t rushed to get the boat launched.  Also, local cruising would be about it, since traveling state-to-state is still a little problematic.

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A Challenging Project

May 31, 2020 We were in no hurry to get Tardis north from Florida, both for the safety of ace haulers Chadd and Tracey and because they were concerned that if they traveled to the New York area, they would face 14 days of quarantine going back. We had planned to spend the summer in

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No Gas, No Smell, No Weight, No Speed

May 3, 2020 The question of a dinghy for Tardis has always been a quandry.  I could see myself rowing into the WoodenBoat School or Mystic Seaport with all the old salts nodding approvingly.  (“Now there’s a wood boat guy.  No rubber ducky for him.”) But where to store it and how to transport it

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The Trip South

April 21, 2020 I struggled with the title to this very boring post.  Getting from Cedar Key back to Fort Myers wasn’t a cruise, which implies something relaxing.  It wasn’t a “dash”, since I had plenty of time to get back and make my haulout and plane reservations.  It wasn’t a journey, which implies exploration

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Cedar Keys

April 13, 2020 On one of those lists like”One Thousand Places to See Before You Die” Cedar Key would rank 7,413th — but at least it would make the list. The charm of the Cedar Keys are their isolation (60 miles from Gainesville and Ocala) and the town’s reputation as an artsy/hippe/fishy town that has

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The Trip North — Crystal River

April 7, 2020 Yesterday I was down at the shop sorting junk (by myself) when I began to think how I used to detest meetings after 40 years of them.  But a meeting with coffee and bagels and some of my nicer associates wouldn’t be bad right now.  So the Peggy Lee World War II

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Florida Cruise

April 3, 2020 Since a few of the half-dozen readers left for this blog may be looking for something to do while locked down, I’ll do a few posts on the last month of the Florida cruise. Potentially, it was the best cruise the Tardis ever took — the boat ran great, interesting places, beautiful

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Joy in Mudville

March 29, 2020 After escaping from Florida (more in the cruise later),  I arrived home to a stack of mail and in it was a copy of Water Craft, a British magazine that is sort of like WoodenBoat, but more oriented for small craft, builders and designers.  When I opened to the contents page THERE

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