If Xena captured first place in my heart this weekend, then second place went to Snekke 2.  Hear it


purr through a lake (in New Hampshire?) here.

aawwsNamed after a traditional Norwegian design for the smallest Viking longships, this beaut comes from the boatshop of Andrew Wallace, featured on this great vintage boat site.


Talking traditional, this is a new birchbark canoe.  Seeing it reminded me it was high time to reread


John McPhee’s Survival of the Bark Canoe, not a how-to book, but a compelling profile of a traditional bark boat builder about 35 years ago.


I saw this boat in Noank, a few miles from the Show.  Too small to read here, the name is Joshua B. Edwards, a legendary whale man of the East End of Long Island.   That name suggests the origin of the design.  Learn more at Sag Harbor.


This has to qualify as the most unusual cockpit:  notice the compass base and cask contents label.


Here’s the name.  What’s not clear is whether Winfield Lash is the 1927 Atkin boat or a replica.  Any help?


I offer this foto, but it does not do justice to Amistad, a 10-year-old replica of La Amistad. I recall the smell of new wood a cold winter day I watched her being built in Mystic.


Charles W. Morgan became this entity a century and three-fourths ago!!


The longevity of Morgan or . . . the charm of the barely visible woman wearing the hat and standing just to starboard of the bow AND whose last name is a four-letter word beginning with W and ending with D . . . so which better answers the “Why Wood” question?  Of course, you know the answer.    Yes, there was a close-up many posts ago.


Although this catboat was on the pier at Mystic, the color says Caribbean all over it to me.  Sorry . . . don’t know the name.


Final one . . . also taken in Noank, a ketch with leeboards.  It had anchored in Mystic and was headed for sea here.  Anyone know the name?  I’d like to learn more about sailing with leeboards.


All fotos by Will Van Dorp.