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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Livin’ the Dream

February 9, 2018 The dream for me is perfecting Tardis as a cruising boat in a beautiful, warm place.  And I’m livin’ it. Well, enough of the sloppy stuff and on to the boat work, which is the primary reason for this blog. Say you live in a big, normal house and a book is

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Catching Up

February 3, 2018 I found the tiny cord to hook the computer to the camera, so I wanted to do some catching up, largely to praise two important teams who really made the trip south and launch easy.  More news on actual boat work will come shortly, but pictures are just not wanting to save to

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Cruising at Last

Jan 31, 2018 It was a long haul and a lot of work by a lot of people, but Tardis is now safely moored at beautiful Suntex Marina in Vero Beach, FL. I can’t find the tiny little cord that hooks my camera to the computer, so I only have a phone picture, but details on

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Offcut Cut Off

January 22, 2018 I have been working pretty steadily on the Offcut dinghy, but preparing Tardis for the trip to Vero Beach and a week of meetings getting the Town of Madison off to a great New Year meant I had to stop after finishing the interior.  Glassing the hull and paint is all that remains. 

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Proof of Concept

January 4, 2018 It seems strange to be writing this sitting in a horrible New England blizzard, but in about three weeks Tardis will begin to fulfill her destiny and will be hauled south down I95 to eventually arrive at Suntex Grand Harbor Marina, Vero Beach, FL. The schedule from there is a little sketchy

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Sewing Up Plywood

December 13, 2017 Offcut uses “stitch and glue” construction, so with all the parts made, stitching was the next step. When Sam Devlin invented this method, the usual technique was to lay out all the pieces on the floor, stitch them together with wire ties and gradually see a boat emerge as the panels got tighter

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