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Who here is crazy enought to own a wooden boat

Who here is crazy enought to own a wooden boat and who here may sail another, but has a wooden boat soul?

Please follow the following link to see an incredible video of BLUENOSE II sailing into Mystic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFUe4tBL8IM

Enjoy!

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Oh geez that was great. I dream of owning a wooden boat. We have a great local wooden boat center near my marina, I go by there several times week just to dream....someday, for sure

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nice vid, i guess you can say i've always had a wooden soul, my dad owned wooden boats. and wood has been sailing longer than we have. i love wooden boats but am afraid of the upkeep.
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If had the place to keep a larger wooden sailboat I'd have one. (my yacht club won't allow wood) I have my wooden canoes and kayaks in my yard, basement and other family members basements LOL! I will build a wood tender for my sailboat eventually!

What's really sad is the way so many people get in over thier heads in restoring any boat. ANY! A quick scan of "project" boats for sale will find plenty of glass boats in need of TLC too.

Last time I checked with the other 6 of me I was quite sane! LOL
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Who here is crazy enought to own a wooden boat and who here may sail another, but has a wooden boat soul?
In my day job I am the Program Director for a small maritime museum in Beacon New York and we teach maritime history, small craft design and boatbuilding among other things. We also build traditional boats some of which are my designs. Our home page is www.fisheriestrust.org and your can see some of our recent boats on my personal web site at www.offsoundings.info/clare.htm

I have been building/repairing and designing wooden boats (and other materials) since 1968 and I don’t think I am crazy. A wooden boat has a sole and she is the closest thing to a living creature that man has yet created. I own and sail on a fiberglass boat because I enjoy sailing and cruising instead of maintenance but I design and build wooden boats because I love the work and have never gotten over the thrill of taking a drawing and creating a three dimensional boat from that flat sheet of paper. The thrill is indescribably better if the boat or rig is one of my designs.

I am also the Maritime Specialist at The Beacon Institute for the Study of Rivers and Estuaries. We have a web site at www.thebeaconinstitute.org The boats owned by the center are maintained by our staff with the capable assistance of students and interns from The Hudson Fisheries Trust. Some of the students have been coming back for three years now and have become very skilled.

I have also had the incredible good fortune to have been the Sailing Master aboard the 100 Ton gaff rigged West Country Ketch, Isabell on a passage from England to Brazil by way of Europe and Africa. She was a very traditional boat with 6 in the owner’s party and 5 in the crew. If you want a feel for sailing on a boat with a personality then a passage on Isabell is worthwhile. Deadeyes, lanyards and baggywinkle oh my, with lots of work to do aloft on every watch. Wood boats may be a lot of work but nothing is more satisfying then working on a wood boat.
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While I love wooden boats... I would never own them, since they're way too much work...and I much prefer sailing to varnishing.
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A friend of mine is re-planking and refitting a 1937 Bluenose Jr. gaff schooner. It was designed by the the architect and based on the dimensions of the original. GaryM worked on the boat in the initial stages of the project.

History of the ship and photos of the project can be seen here: http://www.aylard.ca/Laura%20Ellen.html

She's going to be nice when she get's out of the yard sometime next year.

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