Thursday, July 25, 2013

A New Old Sailboat - 1982 Sea Pearl 21

When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s in SW Florida , dad's had boats. Not just dads, but uncles and grandpas and just about every other male you knew. It was a right of passage, a punch in your man card and a tool for discovery and weekend fun with the family. We had a series of them, starting with a 17' aluminum center console fishing boat. After beating the rivets from it on countless fishing trips (one of which, an eight foot spotted eagle ray pulled us a couple of miles down river on an incoming tide before breaking the line and swimming off to become a big fish story), we got a 22' foot Auquasport center console shallow V fishing boat and a 27' Blackfin sport fisher with tuna tower and outriggers for trolling the big'ns on trips to The Keys. Uncle Jeff had a Carolina Skiff, Uncle Ric had an Auqasport, too (his eagle ray story involves one flying, breaking windshields and nearly knocking people out of the boat). Friend's dads had Boston Whalers, flats boats, cruisers, etc. Alas, no sailboats. But to me, any boat is fun. As long as you're not being a pest or hazard while using it.

Yesterday I became like those dads of my childhood memories. I bought a boat big enough to take my little family on. A boat that wasn't built in my garage from substandard materials and building skills. One I can pull to any of a half dozen sailable lakes within a two hour drive of our home. One I can camp on, solo sail or take a half dozen people out for the day. It's gonna be pretty darn cool.

Our new old sailboat, a cat ketch rigged 1982 Sea Pearl 21.

Sea Pearl 21

Sea Pearl 21

Sea Pearl 21

Sea Pearl 21

Sea Pearl 21

UPDATE: These boats are made by Marine Concepts, in Tarpon Springs, Florida. A little over two hours north of Ft. Myers, where I lived until I was 22. Another reason I wanted one.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Obsessed Much?

This should be a good indicator of my obsession with boat crap. 95 percent of these have been read cover to cover, some many many times over.

if i can't mess about in a boat just yet, i can at least read about messing about in boats

Instant Boats

build the new instant boats

another payson/bolger boat building book

great book. has three different designs of proas and tacking outriggers. the wa'apa is gonna look a little odd on the lakes of sw missouri, but should be a blast to sail.

easy-peasy boats. i mean really easy, easier than the instant boats by bolger/payson.

might build one one day. i really like plain ol' working skiffs.

paper model - gloucester light dory

great book. really helped me understand traditional sails and how they work. gave me more confidence in changing up the sail plan on my current boat build.

good basic sailing instruction

great book. much thanks to john of wirral for the recommendation.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

swallowdale and a skeleton at the helm

Unlikely Voyage of Jack De Crow

Heart of Darkness and Other Tales

Sailing Craft

First Book of Ships

jimmy buffet's "jolly mon"

Melville Books

the sharpie book - reuel parker

the last navigator - steve thomas

the complete sailor - david seidman

Pocket Guide to Knots - Lindsey Philpott

More Building Classic Small Craft - John Gardner

The Authentic American Johnboat - Larry Dablemont

American Small Sailing Craft - Howard I. Chapelle

Richard Kolin's "Traditional Boatbuilding Made Easy"

John Gardner's "Classic Small Craft You Can Build"

How to Build a Tin Canoe by Robb White

"The Craft of Sail" by Jan Adkins

"On the Water" by Nat Stone

Dinghy Cruising Quarterly

A couple recent purchases - "Pete Culler On Wooden Boats", a collection of writing by Pete Culler and "The Arts of the Sailor" by Hervey Garrett Smith

Flotsam and Jetsam, by Robb White, author of How to Build a Tin Canoe

The next project

On Stranger Tides

Recent used bookstore finds. I'm about halfway through Captains Courageous

Fuselage Frame Boats by Jeff Horton

The Brendan Voyage by Tim Severin

Blown Away by Herb Payson

a book i picked up on mackinac island

"Canoeing in the Wilderness" Henry David Thoreau

Currently Reading: The Journals of Constant Waterman by Matthew Goldman

Just got this in the mail. Should come in handy with the project i started last night and learning to sew my own sails.

The Sailmaker's Apprentice