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Outdoors: My grandfather passes on and a friend pays tribute in wood, patience and years of experience (Naples Daily News)

I?ve helmed a few boats: an O?Day Daysailor, a 14-foot sloop, a tiny wooden sailing dinghy that shivers when the wind pipes up to Force 5 - about 20 miles per hour for the landlubbers.I?ve crewed on 26-foot ocean racers and most recently, on a Melges 24, a high-performance sailing machine based on America?s Cup designs. Then there were the boats of my childhood, a slow and heavy olive green ...

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