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I could have called this “unusual sail.”
That’s me in the two-person sailing Folbot back in 2002. I had bought it back around 1998 from an ad I saw in a publication called Messing Around in Boats. The gentleman who sold it said it had been in his barn for at least 30 years. When I peeled off a layer of pigeon shit, the skin came off with it and exposed a wooden frame that broke down into pieces four-foot or shorter. The hull, mast, leeboards, sail, rudder all could fit into a seabag, and I fancied myself, a show-off, hiking up to a roadless mountain lake, assembling my vessel, and sailing . . . in the clouds.
When I couldn’t sew a new skin or find someone who could do it–two different canvas shops took on the job and then backed out–I decided to skin it with leftover shrink-wrap boat covers,
reinforce the bow with duct tape, and go paddling.
It worked! Here’s a blurry shot showing the insides . . . shrink-wrap and plastic strapping.
As time passed, I decided the Folbot could at least as be sculptural until such time that I find a canvas skin maker.
So this is the top of big room in my Queens cliff dwelling, where I should maybe keep some shrink-wrap and a heat gun handy to skin my boat in case the water level here rises.
And since I’ve invited you into my home, how about more of the tour. Yes, that’s the stern of the Folbot in the center top of the photo and a spare one-seater kayak, which I cut-bent-glued-stitched at Mystic Seaport, to the left. [They appear not to offer the kayak building classes now.] Only problem with the stitched kayak . . . the only egress/ingress is out the window, down 12′ onto a flat roof, and then down another 15′ onto the sidewalk.
In a pinch, you could make a kayak using a tarp, willow or similar shoots, and wire. And in the long ago and far away department, here I was back in January 2005 sewing that kayak you see hanging to the left above . . . 10 hours of just sewing once the skin was on, per these plans.
Bending ribs right out of the steam box and
knotting together the bow pieces happened
prior to the actual two-needle sewing.
These last two pics are not mine but come from a Folbot publication from the 1960s. The photo below shows what a later-model sailing Folbot–just out of the duffel bag– looked like.
Here’s what the publication says it looks like sailing.
For now, mine remains sculpture.
Julia approaches Nanticoke from the stern and
Not so able to squeeze into places or remain incognito, it ‘s Eos!!!
And Eos shared the Sunday morning harbor with this vessel, Aviva. Foto by Birk Thomas. Identification by Vladimir Brezina.
Meanwhile, some odds and ends. Amazon, depicted here last fall, has mere days left at Mystic Seaport. See her while you can.
Finally, here’s info on the “Save our Seaport“meeting tomorrow night in near South Street.
All fotos except Birk’s by Will Van Dorp.
Baidarka . . . an intriguing name for a ketch . . . docked in Waterford, New York and headed home!! Keep your eyes peeled for them soon in the sixth boro.
Late summer sail might look like this, Clipper City motorsailing up the Buttermilk Channel past Caribbean Princess, and early autumn
sail like this: Gazela showing the flag in Oyster Bay. The town dock here is roughly located in the former Jakobson yard, and that’s Growler and the Jakobson-built Deborah Quinn (1957, ex-W. R. Coe, Karen Tibbets, Ethel Tibbets) across from Gazela. W. R. Coe’s first work was for the Virginian Railroad.
Early autumn sailing can also look like this: Breck Marshall‘s skipper standing while making her play in the wind.
Or this: a heeled over Escape Plan.
or this: 1929 Summerwind playing a bit before headed for the Chesapeake Schooner race last month.
while on that same day Lettie G. Howard comes out of slumber to mingle with the likes of this
varnished catboat-with-a-blog named Silent Maid.
Getting later into autumn can mean mild weather and bright light over this aptly-named vessel–Persephone . . . preparing to head for the underworld or –at least–the southern approach to northern winter.
Or it can look like this: skipper Richard Hudson beginning winter preparations as Issuma heads in the direction of its port of registry . . . the Yukon.
More Issuma soon.
For now, as you make your own preparations for winter, check out this new Thad Koza 2011 Tall Ship calendar featuring a sixth-boro based schooner . . . . Any guesses?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Don’t forget to send in your estimate of the cost of ONE of these cutter head teeth. Answer SOON!
J. P. Morgan’s Hoboken-built Corsair II sometimes flashes by from either an image or reference, but I never saw it: it turned into scrap about 10 years before I was born. I never expected to see anything like it. I did know of Vajoliroja, Johnny Depp’s yacht. And did post this foto (see 3rd foto from bottom) of Atlantide, with some lines like steam-yacht headed up the Hudson last fall. So the following vessels quite astounded me in Mystic. First, Cangarda.
boasts seven steam engines!
If you can, get thee to Mystic soon to see this gem, “managed” by Steven Cobb, a former master of Wavertree and other vessels.
Currently, Mystic has TWO steam yachts aka screw schooner. Amazon was dieselized
Here are a few dozen fotos of Cangarda taken between 1901 and 1999. Here’s a link to an article on the owner of Cangarda (scroll about halfway though). Stuff can go awry at a ship launch, and that ALMOST what happened with Cangarda. Cangarda joins a list of prestigious yachts saved through the efforts of folks at IYRS.
Here’s an article on Amazon, launched 1885!
Finally, just a potpourri of steam yacht images, of which one to see must be Gondola.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Mystic, to quote Soundbounder, is “Disneyland for [proud] water rats” and thrills even the dogs, at least water dogs. Can you figure out what’s happening here?
Kingston II was launched in 1937 after being assembled by apprentice welders at Electric Boat.
Amazon (an 1885 screw schooner) graces Mystic with her beauty until her lightning-charred electronics are repaired. Just beyond her with the wildly raked masts is Amistad, also in for repairs.Amazon (83′ waterline x 15′ beam) embodies long and lean.
Growler leaves early on Columbus Day.
And the dog question . . . John Paul (launched 1967, ex-Katrina, Nickie B, and U. T. 1) , moored for part of weekend, had a blueclaw on a piece of fendering designed to allow assisting of submarine. Dog saw crab and became so curious it nearly tried walking on water.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. More on some of these vessels soon.
Mystic Seaport . . a magical place for me for over 20 years! I’ve done research there and watched Amistad being built. Some fotos of Amistad tomorrow.
From this weekend, Mystic has even more magic: more fotos of Pegasus there, surrounded by fantastic vessels and people. Below, from left to right: Araminta, Cangarda (WOW!!! and more later), Pegasus, and Joseph Conrad.
Peg with lots of happy visitors next to L. A. Dunton, built in Essex, MA in 1921 and now hasn’t sailed since 1963 . . . if my memory serves me well.
More of Peg, happy visitors, and Dunton.
Some of same vessels as seen from Cangarda‘s bow.
Catboat Breck Marshall comes nosing past Peg. More pics of Breck Marshall soon.
As a “flying horse whisperer,” I know Pegasus feels honored to have spent the weekend at Mystic. If you haven’t been to the Tugs exhibit at Mystic yet, go . . . soon, so that you can go again and again after that.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Would you believe the object in the first foto here rubs faces with the formidable 8th Sea? And does so sans fear.
This gives “flat bottom” a whole different meaning. No comparisons with an athlete’s belly fit here, as was true for Livet.
It’s the mighty albeit miniature Sea Horse, possibly Hippocampus ingens plywoodus connecticutus, here communing with Mystic Seaport’s resident tug, Kingston II, I believe.
Here is owner/builder/captain Stuart Pate at the Waterford Tug Roundup . . . was that already almost a month ago? Yes, that’s Mame Faye off right.
The engine room. Tohatsu 9.8. Note the ” onboard auxilliary re-powering system” or O.A.R.S. for short, athwartship between the chairs. Seahorsepower? Immeasurable. Bollard pull? Inestimable. I’ve heard Paul Bunyanesque rumors about the results of the nose-to-nose push-off contest. And deep draft on the tug . . . unfathomable.
Thanks to Stuart for all the fotos except the last two. For plans, see here.
Unrelated: Below is a foto by Jeff Anzevino, showing Flinterborg headed upriver Saturday. When she leaves Albany some time tomorrow, she’ll be carrying a deckload of Dutch barges. Check this site for fotos of the barges rolicking their way upriver.
Happy river watching.
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.
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?
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.
Call it curved or sickle-shaped? Is there a technical name for the sail type?
Exhibit 2: a sweet boat. Guess the name?
Exhibit 3: Goblin . . . her tender is Goblette.
“Figurehead” assumes front and center location, so what should I call a figure atop the cabin roof?
helmed by a sailor who made it seem so simple and maneuverable that I left the Show wanting to learn this too.
After weeks of almost non-stop rain, to see these and many other wooden boats at Mystic made my soul happy. More to come. Xena was my favorite. I’d love to hear from anyone else who attended and what they liked best.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.