Sterling Hayden was a good actor. Who can forget his mad air force general muttering about precious bodily fluids while orchestrating the end of the world in Dr. Strangelove? He was a sailor. Perhaps the quintessential American Twentieth Century sailor. He provided the model so many have aspired to. He was the creative spirit, wild … Continue reading Vessels of Escape?
When I was in boat school Robert Olson was my neighbor on West Quoddy Head. He was the caretaker there, and a lobsterman, and someone I came to think of as a friend. He never took the time to go sailing. Always too busy for that! But I would like to dedicate … Continue reading Robert Olson, a 15′ Dayboat
I'm sorry to read of the death of David Moses Bridges. My loss has been to have never known of him while he was alive. Take a look at this video and see why. David Moses Bridges - Canoe Maker from Rogue Films on Vimeo. The Portland Press Herald ran this Obituary. He's joined the … Continue reading In Memoriam, David Moses Bridges
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It's not a question of how to design a boat It's a question of why A boat's design affects everything it does. Boats are potent symbols. Their form, the entire aesthetic out of which they grow, affects our perception of them. As we interact with our boats their forms change our lives. A … Continue reading A new school
Avalon is based on the schooners that fished the Grand Banks at the turn of the Twentieth Century. They marked the end-point of an evolution that had been ongoing for some three hundred years. They came to be right at the time engines and oil changed everything. At the other end of that excursion from … Continue reading Avalon, a 106′ Schooner