“Call for the Captain ashore. Let me go home. I want to go home.” – Sloop John B, adapted by The Beach Boys from The John B. Sails, Bahamian folk song From my ship’s part-log, part-journal, day one: “Departed the marina ~9:30am. Failed to account for the incoming tide of Tampa Bay. Also failed toContinue reading “The Trip – Part 2 of 2: Red Sky”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor.” – Mark Twain One beautiful Miami morning in the summer of 2003, I awoke in the forward berth of ourContinue reading “The Trip – Part 1 of 2: Floridays”
“I get knocked down, but I get up again.” – Chumbawamba (Tubthumping) We awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of a crash. Actually, it was more like several small crashes – bang, bang, bang, bang! I rolled out of my berth and walked downhill to the head. The noise that hadContinue reading “The Importance of Being Ballast”
“West Wind or something like that.” – Jim, the former owner of our 1967 Cheoy Lee Offshore Ketch, trying to recall her original name What’s in a name? To us, a lot. We’ve been called all sorts of things on the water: Sire, Seer, Star. (I admit I rather like being called “Star.”) Our boat’sContinue reading “Feeling Irish”
Just for fun. Some more photos from Siar’s construction: 2020 – 2021. Happy scrolling.
“Oh, you’re young.” – Darrell Allen, Owner/President, Island Packet Yachts Most prospective buyers of something like a brand new 38 foot sailboat begin with a factory tour, but as it was the summer of 2020, our first introduction to the team at Island Packet Yachts was on Zoom. Darrell seemed pleasantly surprised at how “young”Continue reading “Construction”
“There’s still so much to be done.” – Jimmy Buffett (Last Mango in Paris) Truthfully, it started back in 2002. Living in Boston, about to graduate MIT, and facing a sad job market with few prospects, we decided to head south. With one full semester’s wages as a down payment, we purchased a 1967 CheoyContinue reading “A Brief Intro”