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It’s a time for the Oscars we know, like W. Oscar Decker, and

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meet some we’ve never heard of.  Some have foreign accents like Oskar IMO 7222279.  Click on the photo.

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Hans Oskar . .  click on the photo for the rest of these.

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Oskar Floa, 

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and MSC Oscar.

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But my favorite Oscar came from the pen–or voice–of this guy, Oscar Wilde.

Enjoy a few like:  “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”   “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”   “True friends stab you in the front.” and particularly applicable today:  “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”

As for the movie awards by the derivative name, I’d have to go back a few years to the first opportunity I would have had to pay attention here.

Here’s a projects post I did two years ago.  The project boat below–an early 1930s 35′ ACF– is available.   Here’s a post I did five years ago about an ACF and here’s an article with a few fotos about another ACF that was lavished with love.   For info on the vessel below–located in Cape Cod–get in touch.  Seller is motivated!

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Multiple prompts have got me thinking about projects.  One is the vessel below called Source, starting point for transformation into a restaurant boat in a movie called Secret of the Grain, set in southern France.   Possibly this is a good but sad Father’s Day movie.

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Some day I will take on a boat project.  Shoofly caught my attention when I visited Astoria OR recently.  This 28′ cedar gill-net boat is mentioned in Carl Safina’s Song for the Blue Ocean (207).  Obviously, I’d have to stop blogging this way if I undertook a project boat or a boat project.

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Seth Tane took this foto in the early 1980s on Hoboken bank of the North River.   This has to be the wildest variation on a trimaran I’ve ever seen. Anybody know what became of this project?

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I wish I’d made more effort to see Comanche when I was in the Tacoma-Seattle area a few years back.  She’s had many lives already.

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I saw this 1915 beauty in her restored state closeup a few years back in North Cove.  This foto I took in Noank CT in 2011.  For her history, click here and here.

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And then there’s the exquisite Cangarda, once a sunken hulk . . . as shown here.

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What else has gotten me into this mood include some books I’ve recently finish, notably Max Hardberger’s Seized:  Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World’s Most Troubled Waters.  Start reading and you won’t put it down.    Other forces have also created this mood, which has also driven me through all the “wrecks & relics” on a fantastic site called shipspotting.  Here are some of my favorites:   Here and here for PT3,  wooden yachts  Averilla and Wayward Girl, trawler to schoolship Prinses Juliana, island freighter Gerda Maria, and tugboats Arv Fernando Gomez,   Tulagi US Navy tug Saint Christopher,   Torrent,   and finally Catriel in Argentina.  Some exotic projects could be this  cold war era patrol boat VMV 20, and twin antiques of the future Falcon II and III.  

And seriously, if you’re interested in the ACF in the top foto, please drop me a comment or email.

Some day when I’ve got a space to work in and trade in this blog, I’ll begin a boat project . . . building something new from scratch.  And if I do this, I’ll document the project from plans and sawdust to charts and logs of journeys as Meryll and Tom have done here for the past half dozen years.

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