We Have A (Complete) Hull!

Our new boat is progressing.  It’s frustrating for us, as she is taking shape in the Pacific North West while we are firmly planted here on the East Coast.  We feel so removed, so irrelevant.  The crew at Tomco/American Tug are doing their best to keep us “on the team” but it’s still hard.

The mold pops away from the hull.  Birth!

Which is why we hunger for every word we can get from the west coast, and especially every picture that hits our inbox.  This week it was a big moment that came our way.  The hull popped out of the mold.  We don’t know precisely when this happened, but the photos arrived on Tuesday, October 18, so we assume it happened then or the Monday the 17th.. Continue reading We Have A (Complete) Hull!



‘wēmˌtərk’, noun, the combined action of a group of people a husband and wife, especially when effective and efficient there’s minimal squabbling. Similar to ‘team-work’ in theory, but very very different in practice.

Bruce and I had a weam-turk morning today on the Airstream.  The challenge: replace the opaque glass in the door with clear glass.  I have been annoyed by the opacity ever since we bought the trailer.  We camp in all these beautiful places, and you can’t see out?  What was Airstream thinking?  After I complained about it to Bruce for about three years once or twice, he decided to take action.   Continue reading Weam-turk

A Pivotal Moment

It’s been a difficult week for me.  I struggle between: I’m so lucky and I can’t believe it’s over.

I’ve been “a sailor” since I was born.  At some point when I was a toddler my mother accidentally dropped me into Narraganset Bay as my parents tried to hand me over from one moving boat to another moving boat.  I have no idea why they were doing this, but I ended up in the drink, and like a good Mom, my mother jumped in after me and saved the day (I was, of course, wearing a lifejacket).

Silly story, but it underscores the point that I’ve been sailing for my entire life.  It’s part of who I am.

But now I’m not.  I was, just last week, but not any more.  It’s weird.  It’s unsettling.  I’m trying to adjust to the new normal.   Yesterday was an especially difficult day as a delivery crew got aboard our Sabre 386 Esmeralde at our slip at New England Boatworks, and after a startlingly brief orientation, sailed her away to her new temporary home in Yarmouth, Maine.  Bruce and I went to Fort Weatherill State Park, a few steps from our home, and watched her sail out of Narragansett Bay with someone else at her helm for the very first time.  It was a painful moment. Continue reading A Pivotal Moment

We Have a Half-Hull

Well, actually we have two half-hulls.

The hull, which is built in two halves, has been sprayed with our gel coat.  The color is Sea Shell Green.

Here the two hull molds are being prepped with mold release.

As we have mentioned before, we would have liked a handsome dark color but we have been through the maintenance issues before with dark gel coat and did not want to do it again.  When we scanned the spectrum of lighter colors, we ultimately settled on this light gray-green that started out as a custom AwlGrip color for Shelter Island Runabouts and has expanded from there.  It’s perhaps not a masculine look for a chunky, business-like tug hull, be we think it will work well for us.  Since we are sticking with the same name we have had for all our boats, ESMERALDE, we are sort of stuck with some kind of green!

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Boat Show Season Has Begun

We’re just wrapping up a fun-filled Newport Boat Show weekend.  We’ve enjoyed this show more than any other in the last, oh, six or seven years.  img_3702The weather was great, we have a new boat on order, a sister-ship to our new boat was at the show, and we were in the mood to play.  Once again, Cleave Horton from Sea Frost stayed with us and got us exhibitor passes so we could roam the show as we wished every day. Continue reading Boat Show Season Has Begun

We Have a (Partial) Deck

Today we received a picture of the deck and superstructure just out of the mold.  Only one pic, not much detail, but it’s something.  We’re not even certain when it came out of the mold, although we assume it was yesterday-ish.  We hope for better images and construction reporting as the project trundles along.

Meanwhile, we are still hammering out a lot of smaller details.  The Newport Boat Show is coming up this weekend and the East Coast Yacht Sales demo boat will be on display at the show.  I suspect we will be spending a lot of time there.

It Has Begun.

The boat is no longer just a glimmer in our eyes.  Construction is under way.

The build was originally supposed to start in late September, but we got the call last week that said “Send money!”  It seems Tomco has moved us up from Hull #14 (which was actually hull #13, but they accommodated our request to name it Hull #14) to Hull #12.  Not sure why this happened, but I’m guessing it’s because we’re a real live buyer, while the original slot for Hull #12 was probably for a dealer who doesn’t yet have a live buyer. Continue reading It Has Begun.

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