The Tug Takes Shape

The engine, a Cummins 480 HP QSB-6.7, is en-route by truck from Cummins to American Tug at Tomco Marine in the Pacific Northwest.  While the project waits for the engine’s arrival, build progress is slow, but there’s still good stuff happening.

Over the last month, interior components have been constructed on the shop floor, the deck (which is still independent from the hull) is being worked on, electrical systems are being assembled, and some components have been installed in the hull. Continue reading The Tug Takes Shape

Wolfe’s Neck Farm: Bambi Heaven

We spent a wonderful week at our favorite fall camping destination last week.  A great trip (except for the ending, but I’ll save that for later).

fullsizeoutput_1ee9.jpegWolfe’s Neck Farm is a stunning piece of property in South Freeport, Maine, right on the shores of Casco Bay.  It is a non-profit farm specializing in organic dairy, as well as education programs, hiking trails, an extraordinary community organic garden, and the campsites known as Recompence Shores Campground.  While we imagine it might be a bit too popular in July and August, we visit in late October and November, and it is heaven.  There have been days when we are the only people staying there, which is very special. Continue reading Wolfe’s Neck Farm: Bambi Heaven

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.

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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!

Weam-turk

“weam-turk”

‘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.

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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

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