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The other day I was out sailing solo and doing some tuning/testing.  Noted that Antigua was 1500 nm straight ahead with no land masses in the way.  At 5 knots that's 300 hrs or twelve plus days.  Too bad I was only provisioned with a small bag of Oreos and a dozen pints of water.

It was a beautiful day.


Nutshell Pram

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It was probably ten years ago that we bought this nutshell pram from Eric Dow in Brooklin, Maine.  It has given us a lot of joy.  All our grandkids have learned to row aboard it.  I am doing a little bit of a refit since the paint looks "below our standard."

Some kid keeps following us around.  He's always a help.  Here he is bailing the Nutshell.  Good fellow!  Later, I went for a sail and let him ride in the pram as we sailed... er... drifted in Nantucket Sound.


I have removed the thwarts and sanded the inside.  We use Interlux Bristol Beige paint.

Grandma has her garden and gramps his boats.  An orderly life.


Hallie Grace

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My niece Megan delivered her first child on July 4th.  Welcome Hallei Grace!


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On Saturday, July 6, Norm and Stos were sailing the skerry off Jack Knife Beach.  It was windy.  Another family was at the beach sailing their refurbished Dyer Dhow,  a 10 ft sailing dinghy.  Unfortunately, their mast broke a long way off the beach.  We saw the distress and sailed over to help.  We have oars and the Dyer folks did not so they had gotten into the water to swim/tow the dinghy to shore.  Rather than remove the skerry mast and take the Dyer under tow by oar, we sailed to shore, removed the rig and rowed back to take the Dyer under tow.

A very nice woman took some pictures so here's a big thank you to Mallory from Somerville for sharing them with us.

We are close the beach.  The Dyer and her crew are astern of the Skerry.

Not many sailboats out that day.  The wind wasn't so strong but it was very blustery.  On the skerry, we took a couple of gusts that rolled the rail right to the water and made our mast bend a lot.  So... we sailed home and saw these folks.

Take aways?  An auxiliary method of propulsion is a safety feature.  Glad we could help.

Sailing kids

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July 4th at Jackknife Beach (Chatham and Harwich share ownership) on Big Pleasant Bay, we launched and sailed the skerry.  Stos and Z are pictured sailing in calm conditions.


In the run-up to July 4th Holiday, I made the skerry ready for the grandkids.  Got it out of the garage, painted the bottom and rigged the boat for sailing or rowing.  Next up... unrig and put on trailer, tow to beach and go sailing.

We built this boat a few years ago during the winter.  It was a very satisfying project in every way.  

End of June, 2019:
Just recieved, a couple pics of grandson Luke.  He is out with his mom, my daughter, Laura, on her very nice O'Day 240.  They sail out to the Norwalk Islands for the fun stuff boys enjoy: anchoring off and island and swimming ashore.

One of the pleasant recollections is to see these pics.  They so remind me of me doing the exact same things off my parents boats in the Florida Keys or Biscayne Bay.  We had a 23 foot Columbia Contender and then an Irwin 27.  Laura had some similar experiences with me when she was a young teen but mostly we raced an Olson 30 or Dehler DB2 so anchoring and swimming were not part of the equation.  The DB2 had a big sugar scoop transom and there are photos somewhere of her sitting in a kid-sized beach chair on the transom... pre race.

There are few things more satisfying for a young kid than a small boat and Luke is showing how it is done.
I love this picture of daughter Laura.  While others were cavorting at Antigua Sailing Week, she was at the American YC Spring Series.  Maybe we'll make it to Antigua some year.

Earlier in the week, Z and I went to Jamestown RI together so I could do some sailing school work.  Here, he is steering a Bavaria 46 that we were evaluating.  Z really did have a good time with twin wheels.  West Passage near Dutch Harbor.

The Saturday after our Tuesday launch we sailed from Wychmere Harbor to Stage Harbor and picked up our mooring:  SHM333.  The sun did come out and we did some cleaning.

New friends, Bob and Mary, have a new Jeanneau 440 in the outer harbor.  Much bigger than Averisera!  Nice boat and welcome.

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