More words from a senile fossil
As the caretaker of a nearly-extinct species – the 33 ft schooner – I feel dutybound to keep this thread going a bit longer. It’s not my intention to advise musicmanontheseas, for I am unaware of some vital information required to do so. Such as whether he is truly prepared to take on a very cost-intensive new hobby and whether it’s important for him to remain on good terms with the mother of those five kids.
I can see he has taken a peek at my public profile, and if he has done the math, he might question my claim of 146 years as the combined age of my boat and me, since the boat’s year is listed as 1951, making me an advanced octogenarian. Which I’m not. For my calculation I used 1939, the year the boat was started.
The original post questioned light air performance. In this photo it may not be evident, but my humble 33 footer is overtaking mighty AMERICA in a battle to reach the starting line in a race. Also not evident is the fact we are both being rapidly overtaken by the schooner in the background. As as she swept by us we observed she was anchored.
This is what schooners like to do. Reach!! Last week we had a 40 miler out to Stellwagen and back in six hours. Hit 8 knots for a bit. Nary a drop of water on deck.
These kids are dealing with the hardship of imprisonment on an old schooner.
And here is how we discipline a nine year old.
..... Getting back to the object of desire for musicmanontheseas – I say this is a boat with a history. He needs to do some digging and tell us more. But it’s a stretch to call her a schooner. More like a yawl. Had a practical owner at one point with the good sense to get out of the elements by sticking that pilot house on her. Appears she might be down in the stern a bit. Maybe got a big diesel in her?
Oh, and Sailingdog – as to how long before I started single-handing? Probably 9 or 10,000 miles. Life got better when I started reefing the main sooner rather than later.