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E.B. White on Sailing

Found this on reddit. I enjoyed it so much I thought I'd share it. Made me smile many times.

http://www.burytherail.com/snugglebu...at%20Blows.pdf
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Thanks for posting this. I've always loved the quote that's currently in my signature line, but had never seen the full article it was from.


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No problem! After I finished reading it I thought there were at least ten great lines that I would have to keep tucked away.
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No problem! After I finished reading it I thought there were at least ten great lines that I would have to keep tucked away.
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Re: E.B. White on Sailing

Thanks for this. Man, do I relate to every word!!! I thought I was crazy, but after reading this - maybe not.

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Re: E.B. White on Sailing

Speaking of E.B. White, one of the most wonderful books you'll ever read about boats and the people who create them is the story of his son's last design - the W-76 from the hand of Joel White...

A beautiful story, HIGHLY recommended...

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In a time when racing boats are mass-produced from synthetic materials, a dying breed of craftsman continues to build wooden sailboats of astonishing beauty. Boatbuilding is an ancient art, and Joel White was a master. Son of the legendary writer E.B. White, he was raised around boats and his designs were as sublime and graceful as his father's prose. At a boatyard in Maine, White and his closely knit team of builders brought scores of his creations from blueprints into the ocean.

In June 1996, six months after being diagnosed with cancer, Joel White began designing the W-76, an exquisite racing yacht. It was his final masterpiece. Douglas Whynott spent a year at Brooklin Boat Yard, observing as this design took shape, first in sketches and then during the painstaking building of the wooden craft.

The result is the poignant tale of both a genius at work and the people devoted to his art. Evoking E.B. White's New England and its salty residents, A Unit of Water, a Unit of Time is a classic portrait of dignity, charm, and humble magnificence-and of a maritime community that keeps a vanishing world alive.

A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time: Joel White's Last Boat: Douglas Whynott: 9780671785260: Amazon.com: Books
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Re: E.B. White on Sailing

Thanks for that post. It's been years since I read that.

And another recommend for "A Unit of Water...". A very good book. Another one in the same vein of modern builders of wooden boats (and a better book for my money than the Whynott volume) is "Wooden Boats" by Michael Ruhlman. Although Ruhlman has become much better known for his books about food and TV appearances on cooking shows, Wooden Boats shows that he can really delve into the minutae of boat building. In the book, he shows how the Benjamin and Gannon yard on Martha's Vineyard is keeping alive a tradition of craftsmanship, art and an ethos of building things of value that last. A nice contrast to the Maine-centric wooden boat building book by Whynott.
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"A small sailing craft is not only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble."
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"....and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble."
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Couln't help it, my first thought was "The heads or the holding tank may be the problem"

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