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The Boating Magazine for Coastal New England Volume 15 Number 1 April 2012 F E AT U R E S
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Pickering Island, Fetching Along
It is tens of thousands of years old, has fantastic finishes and grains, and to work with it is to connect with the beginnings of recorded time. By Bob Booth
Out with the old, in with the new We exchanged a tired 18-horse diesel with a 28-horse model, and we got the job done with the help of friends, a boat-hauler’s crane, and a whole lot of persistence. By Tim McCauley
The spare-part perplexity Our engine was down, the spare part didn’t fit, and Googling “emergency repair fanbelt” gleaned a pantyhose fix, and these weren’t in the ship’s inventory. What to do? By Michael D. Maginn LAST WORD
No flies on this idea We’d never met anyone who’d installed a composting toilet on a boat, but finally, in fall of 2009, we bit the bullet and figured out a way to get an Air Head into our boat’s head space. By Rodney Myrvaagnes
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Unlocking the guilt A life-lesson learned in a spiritual place. Andrew Schoenberg
The surveyor did what? Yes, he came with a ball-peen hammer. W.R. Cheney
Sanderling wanted, with foreraker Beware the netherworld of Internet advertising. D E PA R T M E N T S Letters..........................................7 Halcyon’s heartbreaking story; Go to USVI for beaches; U-boats and September Mystery Harbor. Mystery Harbor...........................12 Though bumpy at times, a welcome sight. New Mystery Harbor on page 29 News..........................................24 Conn. foundation’s marine studies; Cutter returns to Gloucester homeport; 82-pound world-record striper. Yardwork ...................................52 35-foot Atkin Vixen launched; Old Friendship sloop finds a home; SpeedDream: Fastest monohull on planet.
Fetching Along ............................70 Ghosting across the reaches of East Penobscot Bay to a fitful breeze. Media ........................................72 “Watching for Mermaids” by David Roper; “Lubber’s Log” by William L. Gills. Calendar.....................................74 Boat shows, lectures, courses, multimedia shows Final Passages ............................78 Rev. John Crocker, G. Scott Nebergall, Bruce Leslie, Roland G. Alix, Richard Chesebrough, Edgar Crocker. Tides......................................80-81 Points East distribution...........82-85
The Racing Pages ........................64 Antigua to Thomaston, Maine, race; Race to Isles of Shoals set for June 9; Mass. Bay Sailing adds two events.
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The Boating Magazine for Coastal New England Volume 15, Number 1 Publisher Joseph Burke Editor Nim Marsh Marketing director Bernard Wideman Ad representatives Lynn Emerson Whitney Gerry Thompson, David Stewart Ad design Holly St. Onge Art Director Custom Communications/John Gold Contributors David Roper, David Buckman, Randy Randall, Roger Long, Mike Martel Delivery team Christopher Morse, Victoria Boucher, Will Nadauld, Jeff Redston Points East, a magazine by and for boaters on the coast of New England, is owned by Points East Publishing, Inc, with offices in Portsmouth, N.H. The magazine is published nine times annually. It is available free for the taking. More than 25,000 copies of each issue are distributed through more than 700 outlets from Greenwich, Conn., to Eastport, Maine. The magazine is available at marinas, yacht clubs, chandleries, boatyards, bookstores and maritime museums. If you have difficulty locating a distribution site, call the office for the name of the distributor closest to you. The magazine is also available by subscription, $26 for nine issues by first-class mail. Single issues and back issues (when available) cost $5, which includes first-class postage. All materials in the magazine are copyrighted and use of these materials is prohibited except with written permission. The magazine welcomes advice, critiques, letters to the editor, ideas for stories, and photos of boating activities in New England coastal waters. A stamped, self-addressed envelope should accompany any materials that are expected to be returned.
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A Blue Water Medal for a blue-water gem How the Hiscocks reportedly My heart skipped a beat when, stowed 450 Admiralty charts in the periphery of my vision, I and some 200 volumes within spotted the distinctive white hull this eight-and-a-half-foot beam with light-green sheer stripe. Rowis a mystery. How they averaged ing out to my mooring in Newport 100 miles a day on long pasHarbor that morning in the early sages with Wanderer’s 26-foot 1990s, I couldn’t believe my eyes waterline, once logging a 169when they fell on the quite femimile “noon-to-noon,” is beyond nine lines of an ocean-voyaging me. But as Concordia Yawls are vessel I’d revered since I was said to defy conventional hullyoung. Photo by Hamish Laird, www.expeditionsail.com speed wisdom, so, too, I suspect, Thirty feet, three inches LOA, do some of “Jack” Giles’ cre26 feet, five inches on the water- With Kicki Ericson at the helm and Thies line, and eight and a half-foot Matzen on the foredeck, the 30-foot Wanderer ations. Thies and Kicki are now in beam, a five-foot draft, and 423 III is bound for Antarctica by way of Cape Horn. Brazil, where Wanderer III will feet of working sail, the little iroko-on-oak cutter with the lightweight specs looked undergo a well-deserved refit. Thus it must have been like a toy nestled among the gold-platers in Rhode Is- with great surprise and delight to receive, from anland’s City by the Sea. But if there exists a sea miles- other hemisphere in early February, the Cruising Club per-waterline-length ratio, this simple and efficient of America’s 2011 Blue Water Medal “for a commendpassagemaker might possess the most impressive able 24 years and 135,000 miles of sailing the oceans SM/LWL quotient. By the time I’d spotted her in New- of the world with a focus in the high latitudes of the port, she’d logged two circumnavigations with her orig- Southern Ocean.” The Blue Water Medal recognizes inal owners, and a third with her next skipper. Today, “meritorious seamanship and adventure upon the sea she’s put tens of thousands more sea miles in her wake displayed by amateur sailors of all nationalities, that might otherwise go unrecognized.” Dan Dyer of Wickwith her current skipper and, by now, curator. Curator? Well, she is a movable museum of sorts. ford, R.I., is CCA Commodore. After leaving the Caribbean, Thies, now accompaLast year, the Laurent Giles-designed Wanderer III celebrated her 60th year of ocean voyaging, the first 17 nied by Kicki, cruised the Pacific and Indian oceans, of these under the command of the near-mythic Eric rounding the Cape of Good Hope and entering the and Susan Hiscock, during which they logged some South Atlantic Ocean, which they circled twice, calling 110,000 miles and, in 1955, won a Blue Water Medal; at Argentina, the Falkland Islands, Antarctica and the next 14 skippered by circumnavigator Giselher South Georgia, where they studied the wandering alAhlers; and the last three decades under the steward- batross, a pelagic species for which Wanderer III is ship of German Thies Matzen and his Swedish wife, named. And there, in 2008, in the chapel of an abanKicki Ericson, whom he met while sailing solo through doned whaling station, the two voyagers were wed. the Caribbean, and who’s sailed with Thies since 1989. So here’s to the unsung partner of this Blue Water Master shipwright Matzen has maintained her in His- Medal award – Wanderer III. Without the Hiscocks, cock-fashion through several refits, adding only a VHF there would be no Wanderer; without “The Three,” as radio, a handheld GPS, and a 16-horse diesel. they called her, there would be no “Thies and Kicki;” I never got to meet the Hiscocks, had only seen Wan- without the intrepid couple Wanderer brought toderer III in books and magazines, and, as editor of gether, there likely would be no Blue Water Medal for some of his manuscripts, had only corresponded with a Wanderer crew this year. What little I know of Thies Thies by mail. I rowed over and introduced myself to and Kicki suggests they’d want to deflect much credit Thies, who invited me aboard and let me pore over for their exploits toward Wanderer and those who Wanderer, inspecting her from stem – the forepeak came before, for they consider themselves custodians with the light-tight door that doubled as Eric’s dark- of an historic, inspired vessel – a little, white cutter room – to stern – the engine compartment that once with a light-green sheer stripe with the uncanny abilheld an eight-horse Stuart Turner engine and “lighting ity to bring diverse people and distant places together plant” used mostly to generate electricity for the dark- to the delight and enrichment of all. Wanderer III, this room and to power the navigation lights. one’s for you. 6
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Letters long, until she was brought south to Portsmouth, R.I., where she once again sat and sat, waiting for a new owner. Rusty Aertsen, a friend and devoted Concordia owner, arranged for us to see her about five years ago. Brodie MacGregor, Concordia’s president, came, too, and I was relieved to hear him say, as he ran his experienced hand over her planks, that although Halcyon needed work, her condition might have been worse. Still, she was a forlorn sight, and I wished more than ever I’d had the means to refurbish her lavishly. When, in 2010, I heard Ron Perry had purchased Halcyon, it was fantastic news. And then the catastrophe last April in the waters off Cuba. Concordia’s immediate circle knew of this terrible happening, but many others of us did not. Thank you, Points East, for your exceptionally sensitive account. It was as good a way as any of receiving achingly sad news. Not that I can accept that Halcyon is really gone. Ann Parson South Dartmouth, Mass. Photo courtesy Ann Parson
George Parson, in the foreground wearing the “card hat,” shares a toast at Halcyon’s 25th birthday party in 1971, at the yacht club dock in Center Harbor, Brooklin, Maine.
Halcyon’s heartbreaking story I’ve been in mourning ever since reading the Midwinter editorial (“A Missing Boat, a Lost Skipper”), a compassionate piece about Halcyon and her skipper, both lost. First, heartfelt condolences to the family of Ron Perry, whose life and journey on Halcyon were so tragically cut short. My father was George Parson, Halcyon’s first owner who loved and cared for Halcyon for nearly 40 years. All that time, Halcyon was moored in Center Harbor, Brooklin, Maine, where Dad coddled her ceaselessly and day-sailed or cruised with family and friends at every opportunity. Halcyon meant everything to him, and she was a fixture in my own life up until my father died in 1983, at which point the vessel was sold to Frank B. Walker of Ellsworth. During summers, I’d be out on someone’s boat and the cry would go up: “There’s Halcyon!” My heart would race, and I’d keep her white hull in sight for as long as possible. Halcyon slipped from view for many years, at least around Brooklin, until suddenly news of her surfaced. The rumor going around, never substantiated, was that she had been stolen and used for drug trading. She sat in a cradle in Stonington, Maine, for ever so www.pointseast.com
Likes online design, Whaler tale I have to say that I just read your newest copy online and liked how it worked. I usually pick up a copy somewhere, but had not gotten one yet. I read a few other magazines online, and the way this one worked was easy. Only problem was some pages did not load. I also thought the story about the drifting Whaler (“Going with the Flow” by Peter Winter) was great. I often tell people the boat can take more then you can. By the way, there just was a story about a boat that made it from the other side of Cape Cod to Europe. So it went even farther. But certainly a harder trailer home. Ted Scharf Augusta, Maine Ted: The online pages appear not to load when you scroll through them too fast. They will load if you give them time. we agree with you that this website is very easy to use. We think our art director, John Gold, has given us the best website out there in terms of being intuitive, useful and attractive. Wasn’t that Whaler story a hoot? Check News in this issue for the story about the Nantucket boat that ended up in Spain.
Common first-charter experience Tim McCauley’s story (“BVI Beach-Bar Bingo,” Midwinter) went straight to my heart. I have spent eight Points East April 2012
years off and on in the West Indies, beginning in 1970. Two of the recent years were working as a charterboat skipper and charter instructor out of Nanny Cay on Tortola. Tim captured the real story of a first-time charter experience. I hope others are encouraged to venture forth. As I read through his article, I was first struck by just how transferable sailing skills are. The leap from an Ericson 29 to Beneteau 40 is significant. Our sailing conditions are more difficult. The sailing culture is certainly different. I am not certain I would have made all the choices of places to stay and things to do that the McCauleys did, but that’s just experience. For example, at the Bight on Norman’s, the other restaurant is as likely to feature families as Willy T is to feature, well, what is featured at “the old schooner.” I always took my families to the Bight’s other restaurant, Pirate’s Bight. There, it is common to see parents dancing with their children to gentler music. After dinner, little kids run back and forth along the short beach playing at the water’s edge. A real safe family place. Tim’s decision to stay in North Sound an extra day was brilliant. Eustatia Sound and the north side of Prickly Pear Island are magic. I only tell my favorite clients about those places. Thanks, Tim, the cat’s out of the bag now. The British Virgins and the rest of the West Indies are as desolate or as populated as the coast of New England. One must know where to go and when. Just like your summer cruise in New England, plan for a day or so at anchor, savoring the place. I have a secret B.V.I. spot at “X” Island, where it is quiet, there is a tiny private beach, and the swimming is superb. In the evenings pelicans and boobies dive for fish so close to the boat one can see the fish captured. More than one group has declared: “We’re staying here for another day, skipper.” Tim and family: Your job is to find the anchorage off “X” Island. Just don’t write about it. Norman H. Martin Medford, Mass.
Sail to St. John to find beaches I read Tim McCauley’s article (“BVI Beach-Bar Bingo,” Midwinter) and gathered that you wished for more beaches. If you want to take a sailing vacation and go to the beach, then you want to go to St. John, U.S.V.I. The west side of the island has some of the best beaches on earth. Francis, Maho, Cinnamon, Trunk, Hawksnest and Caneel Bays all have great beaches. On the south side, there is a great little beach at Lameshur Bay and Salt Pond Bay. St. John has over 225 moorings put out by the National Park Service that rent for $15 a night (1/2 price, $7.50, if you are a senior with a pass). If you are really into the beach and like to go camping, the National Park has a campground at Cinnamon Bay. All sites are close to the beach and cost about $100 a night (including tax). If you want to haul your own camping gear, a bare site costs about $35 a night. You can rent a 10- by 14-foot tent on a platform, and this includes all the gear needed to camp (stove, coolers, pots and pans, dishes, etc.). All you need to bring are your clothes, swim gear, and sunscreen. There also is a store and restaurant there. You can get a taxi to town and get a bus and go over to the east side of the island. The bus costs $1 for seniors (it may be the same for all. I’m not sure). There is a lot more I could tell you. I spent two winters there on my sailboat and love the beach. Tony Bonjorno Amesbury, Mass.
Cape shellback signs up for a sub I am pleased to enclose a check for a subscription to your fine publication. This is my 62nd year in affiliation with the maritime field. I have sailed on U.S. Naval Amphibious Force LSTs and their assault vessels in various operations including the Korean Conflict and others. I have also sailed on container vessels, tugs, fuel barges, cruise ships, and passenger and freight vessels as pilot or captain. The fun part has been sailing on the various sail vessels over many years. I owe
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Note from Adventure’s ex-owner Nice article about the old Adventure (“84-year-old schooner Adventure will sail again” by Steve Cartwright, Sept. 2011). Exciting to see things going ahead for the old vessel. Thanks, Steve, for writing it. It may help her support. Capt. Jim Sharp Sail, Power and Steam Museum Rockland, Maine Capt. Jim Sharp owned and skippered Adventure from 1965 to 1988, when he donated her to The Gloucester Adventure, Inc., a nonprofit group formed in Gloucester, Mass., to preserve the schooner “as a monument to the history of Gloucester and for the education and pleasure of the public.”
We, too, have a crew/boat finder Prior to sailing in the Boston area, I spent many years in the Annapolis, Md., area. Last year I found your magazine, which has pleased me with its local color. But one thing I miss from Annapolis, besides the steamed crabs, is the local free magazine, “SpinSheet.” Besides its local color, one of its features was its annual crew-finder. It is certainly true that there are two types of boat lovers: Those who would love to sail more often, but don’t have a boat, and those who have a boat and could use a larger “stable” of occasional or regular crew members. “Spin Sheet’s” crew-finder served that purpose and became very popular. Do you have such a feature, or would you consider starting one? It would fit the style of your publication – informal and people oriented. Tom Lawton Harvard, Mass.
We appreciate your enthusiasm for our little magazine, Tom. Points East has “Crew Match,” its version of “SpinSheet’s” Crew Listing Directory. At times, when we have sufficient space, we run it in the print magazine, but Crew Match is always on our website, www.pointseast.com. You’ll find the Crew Match link on the left-hand side of the home page. Crew Match also is divided into two parts: “Looking for a Boat” and “Looking for Crew.” Points East considers SpinSheet one of its great friends in the marine industry.
U-Boats and Sept. Mystery Harbor The Mystery Harbor photograph in your September edition is Third Beach along the Sakonnet River in Middletown, R.I., looking north toward Indian Avenue. About a mile to the west is the chapel at St. George’s School, its tower being the highest point on Aquidneck Island. In the early 1940s, German subs used this tower as a landfall. Fortunately, they were never able to get around the corner into Newport Harbor. For 12 happy years I looked out the window in St. George’s to enjoy the view of Third Beach. Anthony M. Zane New Bedford, Mass. Tony Zane is a former headmaster of the St. George’s School in Middletown. The school chapel remains a fine landmark for mariners.
About mermaids and Minnesota I picked up a Points East (Midwinter 2012) at the Cape Cod Boat Show. Congratulations on an excellent magazine with consistently good writing. The ads are informative, too. I’ll be back for more. Re David Roper’s charming Perspective (“The Mind of a Floridian”) about shivers in St. Paul, sun in Palm Beach: As a young reporter for the “Minneapolis Tribune,” I once spent a couple of winters in his neck of the woods. I could usually start my 15-year-old Ford convertible, bought one optimistic summer’s day in central New England for the job-hunting trip west in zero degrees. But I took the trolley in anything below that.
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Some dawns broke at 30 below. One midnight it was minus 32 when I got out of work. The little Ford huddled in the parking lot, refusing even to look at me. A trolley line ran to within two blocks of my rented room in a house near Lake Harriet. I was the only passenger debarking at the end of the line. “Careful out there,” the conductor warned as I bundled up. “How far you got to go?” “Two blocks.” “Don’t breathe.” “What?” “You can make two blocks, maybe three, but don’t try to go farther. The moisture in the air turns to ice crystals at 32 below. You can’t breathe ice. Two people got off at this stop last year on a minus-32 night. Dropped dead after seven blocks.” I looked at him for a moment. He wasn’t a poor conductor: His syntax may have been slightly off, but the electricity seemed to flow well. Breathlessly, I walked home. Next day, the folks in the newsroom confirmed that two pedestrians had died from asphyxiation near Lake Harriet the winter before. In July, with the temperature at 92, I watched a fleet of E-Scows race on Lake Harriet, then sail swiftly in to the dock. It took a sure touch to keep those over-canvassed apparitions upright, even in light summer air. A Cape Codder, I studied the unorthodox boats from the dock. “What is it?” I asked, puzzled. “E-Scow,” said a sailor. “What’s an E-Scow?” asked I, revealing a transplanted New Englander’s lovable mixture of insularity and superiority. “Watch,” he answered as he shoved off toward the starting line in the 28-foot, square-bowed, twin-rudder, five-inch-draft sloop with a monster main and spinnaker rigged ready to deploy. I did. Wow. These guys can sail! Minnesotans are crazy, with due respect to Brother Dave. No wonder he’s spent so much of his watery life “Watching for Mermaids.” What else to do when you can’t breathe? Mermaids don’t breathe much either – sisters, I guess. Deke Ulian Cotuit, Mass. Richard “Deke” Ulian is author of “A Sailor’s Notebook,” published in 2009 by Rich Publishing Company. Columnist Roper now lives, breathes and watches for mermaids out of tropical Marblehead, Mass.
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cocktail at the end of happy hour. So this is a word picture since I did not have my camera with me. But I was so happy to be back down under palm trees again, even if I had to drive a car to get there. Twilight is my favorite time of day in the tropics. The searing white intensity of the sun has abated and retreated below the rustling palm branches, golden-yellow in reflection on the shiny fronds as the air cools. Dark-green and lush, giant banana-plant leaves and succulent exotic flora become mysterious abodes of shade as the scent of flaring hibiscus flowers and bougainvillea float on the air. The sky is blue, calm, deep; the hotel’s pool, surrounded by this little cultivated tropic forest, is warm and comforting, with sounds of trickling water nearby. In my mind, I hear the Edwardian voices of Nordhoff and Hall, as they sought to describe the sensations of
Paradise, as they discovered its delights, like Adam emerging from a lump of clay to wake in Eden. And I thought how I, we, must never stop chasing our dreams, no matter how obscure, nor must we ever lose the capacity to see the world with a child’s awe, when venturing into a new place, or a place long sought after, for then we have become truly old. I was raised on their prose; and have always sought to find, to personally discover, the promise of paradise with the same wide-eyed wonderment, and the soulnourishing insular Tahiti of Melville’s Ishmael. So now, for a little while, I felt the cares of the day slip away from my tired body and splashed around the pool alone but happy, reveling in the soothing descent of the tranquil tropic evening in Key West. Mike Martel Bristol, R.I.
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Great staff, moorings and a welcome shower Just received my midwinter Points East. The Mystery Harbor looks a lot like Biddeford Pool, where we stop every year on our way east and back. If it is the Pool, the shot is looking toward Biddeford and Saco from the little beach beside the Biddeford Pool Yacht Club, where they have a terrific staff, mooring reservations, and a small but welcome shower. The boat would be heading toward the pool, having passed through the mooring field to the north, in Wood Island Harbor, where there are guest moorings and club moorings. There’s a market there where one can get food and ice, etc., and have lunch inside, or out back at the tables, which sport umbrellas, which overlook Stage Island and Wood Island. The harbor can be bumpy at times, but it’s always a welcome sight after making the eight-hour trip from Ipswich on our Sabre 34. Brooks Wright s/v La Dolce Rita West Newbury, Mass.
Swimming cut a hard chance This Mystery Harbor is a little vague, but based on a few houses, cottages, and geographic features this sure looks like the entrance to Biddeford Pool. 12 Points East April 2012
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When a tad, I explored in my punt Looks like the entrance to Biddeford Pool, at the westerly end of Saco Bay, Maine. I grew up in a family business at Pine Point, Scarborough, which would be the distant land in the photo. When I was a kid, I sometimes found my way over there in my punt (good thing my mother didn’t know!). I also appraised some of the houses in the photo during my time as the realestate appraiser for a local bank. Great magazine. I look forward to future issues. Win Pillsbury Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Boat’s draft imposed by harbor My guess is that this is Biddeford Pool, the narrow entrance used by fishing boats and pleasure boats. Our new boat (of three years) has a four and a half-foot keel – simply for the single act of getting into Biddeford or other shallow harbors. We have spent a couple of very peaceful night on moorings tucked deep into the pool. As you enter, there are private houses on the starboard (in view in the picture). On the port will be the yacht club, which is a very friendly place. Given the size of the town of Biddeford Pool, it’s not a surprise that upon leaving the club, you are in town. Do some chart study before attempting entry into the harbor. Getting by Negro Island, off the west end
of Wood Island, mariners should be careful. Run between Negro Island and Stage Island. Call the yacht club in advance: If there is an inner mooring, they will guide you to it. Stephen Lee S/v Salacia Marblehead, Mass.
Liked it so much we moved there The Mystery Harbor is Biddeford Pool, Maine. I know this because I grew up sailing there on my father’s Tartan 412. We liked it so much we bought a house there, and I now live there and am a member of the volunteer fire department. Jon Bellemare Biddeford Pool, Maine
I managed the yacht club there This is the gut entering Biddeford pool. I managed the yacht club at Biddeford Pool in the 1990s. My nephew, Ben Davis, has been the manager for the last few years. I have many fun memories of watching folks dealing with tide challenges in the gut. Blaine Davis Portland, Maine
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The surveyor did what? , so let me start by saying that yes, sometimes I do embellish when I tell stories. However, I am telling you up front, right now, that this story is completely true. In 2005, I was fulfilling the time-honored tradition of trading up in boats. I was buying a 1976 Pearson 365 ketch and selling a refitted 1973 Pearson 30 sloop. I had already signed the purchase-and-sales (P&S) agreement for the P365 through a Massachusetts broker, and when a prospective buyer contacted me about my P30, I downloaded a standard American Yacht Brokers Association P&S form and had this potential buyer sign it, even though this was not a brokered sale. The survey on the P30 was scheduled for a Tuesday, and the survey in Massachusetts on the P365 was scheduled for the next day, to be performed by a past president of the surveyors’ guild. I decided to go to the survey of my P30, even though the perspective buyer was not going to be present. This way, I could at least answer any questions and verify that all systems worked as described (I was very proud of my refit of the P30). The surveyor showed up at my boatyard, and once the boat was hauled and drip-dried, he produced a ball-peen hammer (yes, a ball-peen hammer), and proceeded to beat the hull so hard as to produce dents in the hull wherever he tested. Not only was I completely mortified by his aggressive behavior, but also both the yard workers and the owner of the yard were aghast. The yard owner asked him if he was actually a real surveyor. When I asked him what he thought he was doing, he replied, “If I find any soft spots, I’ll be pulling my hammer from inside the boat.” He ended up leaving dozens of dents in the hull and rudder, and then, at the end of the evaluation, he said he did not find any hull issues. The boat was put back in the water and run out to my mooring where the surveyor did the remainder of the inspection. Unfortunately, I had to leave to go back to work before the end of the survey. That evening, I
received a call from the potential buyer telling me that the surveyor found numerous issues with the systems, that he was either going to back out of the purchase or else I would have to accept about a 25 percent reduction in the offer price. When I asked him for the list of issues, most of the items were absolutely false, including systems for which the surveyor could not find the switches (like the tiller Autohelm) that he said were not functioning. If he had bothered to find the switch labeled “Autohelm,” he would have seen that it worked perfectly. Since the prospective buyer had signed the industry-standard P&S, I notified him that if he backed out of the deal he was responsible for the damages done by the surveyor to my boat, damage witnessed by several of the boatyard staff and owner. I informed him that to repair the bottom and of my boat and return it to the pre-survey condition, it would cost more than my original asking price. We had reached a stalemate and decided to discuss the situation again after I returned from the survey of the P365 the next day. The next morning, I drove down to Salem, Mass., for the survey on the P365. This surveyor was extremely professional and enlightening. When it came time for the hull-integrity testing, he pulled out a phenolic hammer and lightly tapped out the hull without leaving a single mark on the hull. I told him about my surveyor nightmare from the day before, and he told me that this other so-called surveyor was wrong in his technique and that he should never have damaged the hull and rudder during the inspection. He told me to write a letter to the present surveyors’ group president, citing what had occurred and that an inquiry would be made into the competency of this surveyor. I arrived home that night feeling both elated about the results of the survey on the P365 and boiling mad about what the incompetent surveyor had done to my P30. I immediately sat down and composed my letter to the president of the surveyors’ guild. The next morning, I contacted the owner of the company for which
The surveyor showed up at my boatyard, and once the boat was hauled and drip-dried, he produced a ball-peen hammer (yes, a ball-peen hammer), and proceeded to beat the hull so hard as to produce dents in the hull wherever he tested.
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On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM, moris benson wrote: Hello Thanks for wanting to buy from me,the boat is in a very good condition i have attached some photo of the boat.this are some of the qualities of the boat Been in storage for most of the time. 9 hp Yanmar diesel Loadrite trailer lazy jacks eazy mast erect compass and more ready to sail. i will be asking 7987GBP price include shipping if is OK by you please let me know Moris +++ From: moris benson To: WR Cheney Sent: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 3:44 PM Hello i have been waiting for your mail are you still ready to purchase +++ On Thu, Dec. 15, 2011 at 2:39 PM, WR Cheney wrote: Moris, Where will you be shipping the boat from? I would like to take a look at it before I commit. Thanks, Bill +++ From: moris benson To: WR Cheney Sent: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 6:52 PM in will be shipping from the United Kingdom On Thu, Dec. 15, 2011 at 6:07 PM, WR Cheney wrote: Oh, OK. Well, I better send you a deposit so somebody else doesn’t get it. How do you want to do this? Bill +++ From: moris benson To: WR Cheney Sent: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 9:26 PM Thanks for the mail you can send a deposit then i will ship it over to you as soon as you make the complete payment you can have your Marshall Sanderling with trailer from the shipping company i will accept 4GBP for a start, i recive funds through Money Gram, below are my payment instructions Name: Moris Benson Address: 7ZX32Y Amount:4GBP MTCN This are the details you are to fill so i can make arrangement for shipping What is your complete shipping address? Moris
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Thanks for the mail as I told you befor you are going to like it cos it is a barlow foreraker and it is well mounted to the chedwick late with bronz bolts. Please in the ayment instruction I sent you your deposite is 4000GBP not 4, hope to hear from you soon Moris +++ On Fri, Dec. 16, 2011 at 12:14 PM, Wr Cheney wrote: Dear Moris, I’m very sorry to have tell you that I will not be buying your Marshall Sanderling. I was just about to send you the deposit (4000 GBP) when I was contacted by a very nice gentleman from Sri Lanka. He, too, has a Marshall Sanderling in good condition and will ship it to me for slightly less than you are asking. The real clincher, however, is the fact that his boat is equipped with the rare and much-sought-after DOUBLE foreraker. I never even hoped to find a boat so equipped, and am really pleased with the deal. I’m sure you won’t have any trouble finding another buyer for a nicely equipped boat like the one you are offering at what is certainly a fair price. Good luck, and best wishes for the holiday season! Bill +++ From: moris benson To: Wr Cheney
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Sent: Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 3:29 PM Hello Cheneywr Thanks for the mail the 4000GBP i asked for above the shipping price since you said you wanted to deposit that was why i asked for more than half of the money if it is only the shipping you want to pay for before getting the boat then it is just for you to pay 1789GBP then after you get the boat you can pay the rest i will really love to sell this boat to you. will love to hear from you soon. My regard to you and your family merry Xmas Moris +++ On Friday, Dec 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM, Wr Cheney wrote: Sorry Moris, I have already sent the required deposit to Sri Lanka. Best wishes, Bill From: moris benson To: Wr Cheney Sent: Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 8:40 PM OK bye Note: A foreraker is an imaginary device designed by your narrator to aid in the insertion of large imaginary sailboats into the ears of Internet scammers.
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and seakeeping capabilities. The Island-class boats, built in the late 1980s, replaced the older 95-foot Capeclass patrol boats. FMI: www.coastguardnews.com.
make every day can affect ecosystems and organisms around the world. At the Sailing Foundation the class will look at local ecosystems and the species inhabiting them. Students will consider “green” technology and innovation, while learning to make some changes to directly influence our own homes. Enrollment is limited to 15 students per class. FMI: www.shyc-sf.org and www.mysticaquarium.org.
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An 81-pound, 14-ounce striper is an IGFA record In case anybody missed it (we did), a new world-record striped bass was caught on the night of Aug. 4 off Westbrook, Conn., last summer. Boated by Greg Myerson, the 54-inch (that’s four and a half-feet long, folks) striper weighed in at 81.88 pounds, about three pounds more than the previous record, a 78.8-pounder caught in 1982. Myerson’s big linesides was approved by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) on Oct. 19; its record weight is listed as 81 pounds, 14 ounces. He caught his monster drifting a live eel in the vicinity of Outer Southwest Reef. A 92-pounder was caught in a net by the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources in 1995. It was not recognized as an IGFA record because it was not caught on rod and reel. Albert McReynolds caught the previous record bass from an Atlantic City Jetty in September 1982, on a 5 ½-inch black-back silver Rebel. It was 53 inches long and estimated at around 36 years old. Al hooked the fish during a storm, and reportedly was able to lead it away from the jetty so he could land it on the beach. FMI: www.igfa.org. Greg Myerson’s caught this 54-inch sagbelly off Westbrook, Conn., last summer while drifting a live eel. Who knew? Photo courtesy Greg Myerson
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Crewless Nantucket boat drifts to Spain A 26-foot pleasure boat, registered in the U.S., was located 20 miles off the northern coast of Spain on Jan. 17, three and a half years after stormy sea conditions ejected its crew off the coast of Nantucket, Mass. The U.S. Coast Guard received the report of the located flotsam from Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Madrid Jan. 24, and was able to link the vessel to a search-and-rescue case Aug. 25, 2008, near Nantucket, when the Coast Guard responded to reports of two men who’d been ejected from the center-console boat Queen Bee while attempting to cross a bar in six- to eight-foot seas. Both men were able to swim to Esther Island, Mass., between the west end of “mainland” Nantucket and Tuckernuck Island, and were provided first aid upon recovery. The men had located a rescue bag with a PFD and swam for two hours in an effort to reach the nearest shoreline. “There were times when both of us didn’t think we were going to make it,” said Douglas, the boat’s owner. “Everything had to go our way. It was a miracle.” Due to the dangerous sea state, the Queen Bee was left to drift once the men were rescued. The boat likely drifted into the Gulf Stream and then north to the North Atlantic Current, said Art Allen with the Coast Guard’s Office of Search and
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Rescue. From there, it would have headed east to Spain before being located 1,241 days later, after a 3,500 nautical mile trip. Referring to the boat’s extended voyage, Dr. Don Murphy, with the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol, said that a transatlantic drift is rare, but not unheard of. Coast Guard data-collection buoys have been recovered anywhere from regions north of Scotland to, most recently and coincidentally, Spain. FMI: www.coastguardnews.com.
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wood The harvesting of ancient kauri is ecologically sound because no standing trees are cut, and excavated land is returned to its original contour. Inset: Kauri trees are as large as giant sequoias.
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It is tens of thousands of years old, has fantastic finishes and grains, and to work with it is to connect with the beginnings of recorded time. By Bob Booth For Points East hose familiar with modern woodworking may be acquainted with the term â€œsinker wood.â€? Here in New England, and also in the Southeast (and I suspect in the Northwest as well), the term is associ-
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ated with recovering logs that sank from logging rafts of years ago. In this manner, old-growth hard pines and cypress are located and salvaged. In Brazil, the technique is applied to the recovery of rosewood timber, and, in New Zealand, to ancient tsunami-felled kauri. How ancient? Well, sit down and take a listen. firstname.lastname@example.org
Some 30,000 to 50,000 years before you or I were born, Neanderthal, then the predominant Homo sapien species on the planet, was just discovering a talent for art: crafting etchings upon the walls of caves and toying with bear bone flutes. Mammoth and other mega fauna still dominated the landscape. The last of the great glaciations had yet to cover half the northern, and parts of the southern, continents under ice. All history as we know it had yet to occur â€“ no countries, no governments, many land features you now take for granted yet to be formed. The Egyptian pyramids had not yet been contemplated, nor had the much theorized ice bridge between North America and Asia formed and dissolved. In this foggy predawn, upon the northern tip of an island in the South Pacific, stood primal forest, which, according to the Auckland (New Zealand) Museum (www.aucklandmuseum.com), was â€œdominated by the giant ancestors of kauri, rimu and totarav [trees]â€? and was the place the few dinosaurs of New Zealand lived (and perished) millions of years ago. It was also here that a natural event approximately 50,000 years ago, possibly a tsunami, flattened the massive kauri descendants of those giant tree ancestors. Picture, if you will, an entire forest of trees, each in size and longevity to our famed giant sequoia, being bulldozed by the sea and cast down into newly created swamps, there to lie slowly hidden beneath the detritus of an epoch. Ice later covered the area and then subsided. The climate warmed and kauri trees again flourished. Flourished, that is, until European man, coming late to New Zealand only some 360 years ago, nearly cleansed the earth of their presence. The kauri is now protected on nearly all New Zealand lands. There is a significant difference between the kauri and all other recovered woods. Sinker woods were cut by Man, at most within the last couple of hundred years. These kauri trees, felled by nature so very long ago, provide the oldest workable wood on earth. Imagine being able to hold prehistory within the palm of your hand, not as a crumbling piece of building or ship www.pointseast.com
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ing one inch rough-sawn) by nine inches wide and six feet long. I obtained it from Ancientwood Ltd. (www.ancientwood.com) of Wisconsin, and it came with a carbon-dating certificate placing it between 30,000 and 50,000 years old. According to Ancientwood Ltd., these ancient-wood trees were over 2,000 years old when felled. Moisture content upon retrieval from the bogs where they were found is 100 percent, so the wood must be allowed to dry before use. Ancientwood offers five grades (prices per board-foot): flat-sawn grain, $35; active grain, $45; quartersawn, $50; flamed quarter-sawn, $60; and whitebait, $100. The wood for my project was an active-grain piece that ran to
This desktop has been crafted from ancient kauri wood of the flamed, quarter-sawn grade that runs $60 a board-foot. Photo courtesy Ancient Wood Ltd.
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the tune of $210 dollars delivered. The most obvious initial grain characteristics following surface planing were some ribboning and swirling. End users of the products I produced report iridescent specks that glow in certain light conditions and a depth of grain they are still uncovering. In the whitebait grade, the iridescence is such that when a board is moved against a light source the specs appear to swim, as a shoal of baitfish, within the wood. Outwardly, the wood possessed a coloration similar to teak, and it also exhibited some of teak’s brittleness when machining (such as grain tear-out when a boring bit breaks through). Kauri is a conifer, but I noticed no heavy resin odor. It does, however, produce a subtle and, in my case, not previously experienced aroma that will fill the workplace. Because the trees from which the boards are cut are so large, there was virtually no waste, save saw kerfs. Workability was good. The wood cut well with both hand and power tools, planed easily with a hand plane, and took a polish very well. It does prefer very sharp tools, especially when turning (I produced 16 fifteen-
This gorgeous kauri breasthook graces a canoe. The author says he’d through-rivet the breasthook so the wood is not carrying the load. Photo courtesy Ancient Wood Ltd.
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Left: A close-up shot of flat-sawn kauri wood reveals otherworldly waves. Right: Detail of the quarter-sawn grade shows a depth of dimension only nature could create.
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All history as we know it had yet to occur – no countries, no governments, many land features you now take for granted yet to be formed. The Egyptian pyramids had not yet been contemplated, nor had the much theorized ice bridge between North America and Asia formed and dissolved. version being employed in a canoe. The order I completed was for non-load-bearing items. Based on photos available on Ancientwood’s site as well as those from the Kauri Museum (www.kauri-museum.com), the largest use of today’s available kauri appears to be for furniture, musical instruments and wood turning projects. For boat applications, I believe, the higher-grade cuts offer the potential for some devastatingly beautiful, unique and timeless interior joiner work. Breasthooks and inner and outer wales and thwarts could all be crafted from ancient kauri. So could nav-station chart tables and saloon tables. Using modern adhesives, glass sheathing and two-part finishes, you could build a whole canoe from it, but I’d through-rivet the breasthook so the wood is not carrying the load. However, aside from the expense, I would not use the ancient wood in keels, ribs or planking, for, to me, it is too
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Top: The old engine lies dolefully on cabin floor after extraction. Bottom: The perky new engine is installed in its place.
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Oh, did I mention I took lots and lots of pictures before disconnecting everything? Having a digital camera makes life so much easier sometimes. station, reminding myself that we would purchase two folding bikes before this happened again. After walking what I later figured was about seven miles, without locating a gas station, I gave up and turned around. When I got back to the club, the young man had managed to locate a gallon of motor oil in an unmarked jug, and I decided to take a chance and use it since it was a sixhour trip back to Kittery. After filling the oil up to the high-level indicator, I called our friends with the bad news, and we motored back home – no wind again. Just as we reached our mooring in Kittery, the oil light came on again, and for the next two weeks I troubleshot the engine. I discovered that the water leak was from the impellor shaft seal, which was an easy fix, and the oil leak was from the timing-gear case-cover gasket, a somewhat easy fix – or so I thought. Replacing the cover gasket required taking the front of the engine apart, which I thought went pretty well, until I tried to restart engine. No luck. I tried just about everything I could think of. I haven’t had a lot of experience with diesel engines, but I did know something about gas engines as I had rebuilt several including three Ford Model A engines and a MGB
engine, so I figured that had to count for something. I tried all sorts of things that the manual suggested. Check this. Check that. Nothing worked. I finally resorted to asking for help, and I called in the cavalry: the local diesel engine mechanic. Getting the boat from the mooring to the dock, to make it easier to work on, was another unexpected adventure. On a very, windy day, my friend Al helped me sail Trinity about 150 yards from the mooring to the dock. No big deal, right? After a private prayer for help, we raised the sails, let go of the mooring line, and started tacking from one side of the river then to the other. Oh, did I tell you that the Piscataqua River has about a three- knot current and a marina full of closely moored boats? We just missed one by three feet, but our last tack brought us up alongside the dock as if we’d really known what we were doing. The following week the diesel mechanic arrived, and I explained all that I had tried. He checked the timing, made sure the fuel lines were bled, and examined the injector jets, which he took to a local shop for testing. When they checked out, he tested the compression and found it was low, about 350 p.s.i. for both cylinders. Be-
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Trinity, an Island Packet 29, is hard on the wind, her skipper secure in the knowledge that he has reliable diesel back-up.
cause the compression should have been between 390 and 450 p.s.i., I figured that the 17-year-old engine probably needed a rebuild. Jo and I discussed the options â€“ rebuild or replace. Since the later IP 29s had 27-horsepower Yanmars, we opted to replace our 18-horse with the larger engine. I looked online and found a mechanic in Wisconsin who sold remanufactured Yanmar engines at a reasonable price, and I contacted him to arrange the purchase. I also contacted Island Packet to get their input on the engine replacement. They reassured me that other owners had successfully replaced their 18s with 27s. Trinity was hauled out of the water in October and placed in our side yard. As winter approached, I began the process of replacing the engine. First, I needed to remove all the components: electrical, cooling, shaft, throttle linkage, transmission linkage, and the like. I also had to have the shaft shortened, the engine mounts reconfigured, and a small section of the secondary engine pan ground down to accommodate the extra length of the transmission linkage. Most of this I did by myself, but I invited some friends over one Saturday morning and used a come-along to remove the engine from the engine bed and place it on the cabin sole. This took all of five minutes. I also contacted Autoprop to make sure the auto-pitching propeller I had for the 18-horse engine would work for the 27-horse engine. What was I thinking? Of course it
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wouldnâ€™t. I needed to get another prop, too. The remanufactured engine arrived in the spring, and I contacted Independent Boat Haulers in Eliot, Maine, to bring their crane over to remove the old engine from the boat and set the remanufactured engine on the cabin floor. The whole process took about 20 minutes (I wish everything had been as easy). I set everything up in the cabin so we could slide the engine in place with the new engine mounts. Again, my friends came over on a Saturday morning to assist, and everything went pretty smoothly, taking all of about 5 minutes using the come-along. Now the real fun began â€“ re-hooking everything I took off. Oh, did I mention I took lots and lots of pictures before disconnecting everything? Having a digital camera makes life so much easier sometimes. One of the biggest challenges I had was lining up the engine with the shaft, but the â€œIsland Packet Photosâ€? web page was an incredible help. I also replaced the cutlass bearing and rebedded the cutlass-bearing housing. After I got everything hooked up and started the engine, I was thrilled when it ran smoothly. Unfortunately, within a couple of minutes the high-temperature alarm sounded. I checked everything, and it all seemed OK. I checked the troubleshooting section of the diesel manual and did just about everything it suggested: Still no problem found. When I called Al (the remanufacturedengine guy), he said they ran the engine for two hours
with no problems. Finally, I looked at the last item on the troubleshooting list, which was the temperature sender, usually the least likely thing to go wrong. Well, guess what? That was the problem. I replaced the sender and the engine ran great. Later, I heard from Al that the fuel-injector core I traded to him had a cracked pump, which made me wonder if this had been the problem all along. Oh well, we are still grateful, because without this engine â€œcrisisâ€? (note: the Chinese symbol for â€œcrisisâ€? is made up of words meaning â€œdangerâ€? and â€œopportunityâ€?), we probably would not have made the upgrade to a quieter and more powerful engine. Yessiree, that summer certainly brought a much different kind of adventure than we had planned, but we are now prepared for some really great sailing adventures with our new 27-horse remanufactured Yanmar engine installed in our beloved Trinity. What more could we ask for? Maybe a summer without so much rain and fog.
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