Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New Orleans
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About 10 years earlier, and nearby (Marblehead), I caught the bug when my Dad bought an old Charles River class wood sloop (would remind you of a Herreshoff 12, except marconi rig, not gaff).
Then my first racing in a plywood Turnabout, then a wood 110, then later on a fiberglass Marblehead Town Class. I traded up to a wood Townie, and it wasn't a sentimental decision--the wood boats were faster in this competitive class. But they were just pretty boats, lapstrake dory-type hull, if you're from Gloucester you've seen them plenty.
I sailed a little on a pretty 50' schooner, the ELLIDA. And lots of fiberglass boats. I hung out/worked at Graves Yacht Yards, amidst their changing over from wood to glass. They built the lovely 12-meter America's cup contenders EASTERNER and NEFERTITI, some of the last wood 12s.
Like you, I try to keep up with modern technology, but old school is my first love. In a breezy harbor, the clang of halyards on aluminum spars is awful compared to Sitka spruce. And a kerosene lamp has the charm, and tradition lacking in a plastic-looking cabin light, and doesn't run your batteries down. Block ice works fine, so does hand-pumped water.
And I share that plain old love of the sea. But it's a love tempered with constant respect. Get sloppy or overconfident, and the sea will find you out.
Different world down here in New Orleans since I left Mass Bay 30 years ago, but the sailing's still pretty good. I'm lucky enough to teach it a little, part-time.
Best to you.
Last edited by nolatom; 10-23-2007 at 01:45 PM.