New Boat?

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Allied, Tartan, Cal...?
The Plan, in brief, is to find a boat with headroom and living quarters that sails fairly well, is shallow draft (under 5 feet) and can be enjoyed by our extended family of children and grandchildren who sail. Other considerations are length and price. We have a mooring that will accomodate a 37 footer at most and we need the boat to be inexpensive. Norm wants to keep Averisera and has a plan for that which is a big secret. The new boat would occupy Averisera's mooring in Stage Harbor.

Jan 14: Mama and I went to look at two Allied Seabreeze 35s. One is in Yarmouth Port, near us, and the other is in Rockland, Maine, about 5 hours away. We had a look at the nearby boat which is yawl rigged. The drive to Maine was a nice three day diversion from Cape life. The Maine boat is a sloop. Both boats looked solid and unloved. Lots of renovation time and money required.

Above: Allied Seabreeze 35 view from astern showing her full bodied hull and 4 feet draft.

Below: By comparison, our Aphrodite 101, deep and narrow.

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Squat versus svelte.  Deep keel and slack bilges, be still my beating heart.

Fact is that we love Averisera but she is too deep draft for the Cape area and too small below for cruising with family. We love svelte but may have settle for not-svelte. Looking at the choices.

So... a couple days later. Norm went over to Marion MA to meet with John from Lawson Yachts and they looked at a 1969 Tartan/Blackwatch 37, hull 22, designed by Ted Hood. A day later, Norm and Elizabeth met John at the Hood for a first look for Elizabeth and a second for Norm. The boat is not tired or unloved. It is absolutely stunning. Move aboard and sail away. No renovation money required beyond normal spring commissioning.

Some pictures in no particular order.

Very refined shape for a full keel hull.

Some old guy tried to sit in Elizabeth's preferred seat. Visualize knitting and a cuppa.

The next day, Elizabeth, no knitting and no cuppa. Too tight.

Transom berth in the pulled out position. we removed a drawer and looked behind the seat back to find the entire upper berth is removable by undoing a couple of bolts at each end. This means the upper can be either made narrower or deleted so the lower settee can be widened.

Same old guy slouching on extended transom berth.

Beautiful joinery

Instruments backs are behind a nice bit of cabinetry. Replace the mirrors, of course.

Old fashioned electrical panel. Behind is the wet locker with room for four sets of gear and boots! How about that? 

A hand hold runs the full length of the cabin at a convenient level. It also serves to redirect any drips from the ports away from the berths. Very seaman-like feature.

No rock dings!

Owned by the same family since new. Indoor storage for many years.

So kids: If you love Averisera so much how about her near sister the Bianca 111? (PHRF 93!!)

Jan 23, Norm went to Mattapoisett to check out a Cal 34 built in 1977. It is right with regards to length for our mooring, size of sails/rigging, and draft of 5 feet. Nice boat, very simple. The price is right but... don't you hate the "but" statement?  But... the gelcoat is in poor condition. Interestingly, the stanchion bases show no crazing and below there is only one place showing weeping. The boat seems really solid and may be worthy of a full refit.

20190123_122421.jpgTypical Cal-design, flat bottom, 1960s era longish fin keel and spade rudder. Shows hull form for a lot of room below decks. 

This is the pose: can Elizabeth sit comfortably on the settee and knit? This one is pretty comfy with sloped backs and wide seat.
The all important had rails below. Not too high. These are reachable.

Settee backs lift to provide generous berth width or stowage. The nav table has drawers under and lifting top. The quarter berth is generous and has an outboard bin for personal gear. Nicely thought out family boat.

New Garden Shed at 288

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Pine Harbor Sheds made us a garden shed and here it is!


All we have to do is paint the doors and trim. the doors we can bring inside the house. The trim will wait for spring.

First snow of the season.

Boats and Farms

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A thirty five foot sloop is being restored in Chatham. The shed is a work of art and will be shrink wrapped soon. The yacht is a Sparkman and Stephens design built by the Knutson Marine Boat Yard on Long Island. The yacht is similar in design to the Hinckley Pilot.

There it is a couple weeks later, all covered and snug.  Averisera would look good in such a shed!

Cape life revolves around boats and farms. In the old days, as Norm heard it from his grandparents, it was a bit less touristy and more small family operations just a bit more than subsistence work. Norm's family was in the tourist business as summer camp operators. As a kid in the 50s and 60s, he saw a lot of boat yards that built boats and farms that grew food. Now boat yards repair or restore boats and farming is more landscaping and gardening.

While on a walk out by the Penniman House in Eastham, we saw a scene from the old Cape.

There are a lot of garden centers and landscaping firms on the Cape and still a few working farms. A couple of working farms from Norm's childhood, Lake Farm and Mayo's Duck Farm, are now subdivided into homes as are many of the old hay fields. The commercial fishing business is still strong and supported by boat yards. Not many boats are built out here any longer. many work boats and yachts are restored.

December, Chatham, Harwich, Brewster

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This would be a good time for a Christmas Letter. But... we'll put up some pictures of the Cape at this time of year. In the run-up to the holiday, things are pretty quiet and there is no snow. For the story of 2018, scroll and scroll.

This the view from the scenic overlook on Route 28 overlooking Wychmere Harbor. No snow!

Sesuit Harbor images. Norm is looking at boats. Elizabeth is looking for winter ducks. The view off to the East along the North side of the Cape is desolate. Probably not much changed over the centuries.


Yesterday, 20 Dec, was a stunning day and I got over to see the boat and snap this picture of her all shrinkwrapped. A day later we are looking at rain. Tomorrow, it may be sunny. New England weather.


A couple pictures from a quick look at the Atlantic mid-December. It was so peaceful. From the bluff at Chatham Light we could not even hear the surf offshore. The entrances are shifting a lot. The North Cut was created in 1978 and is enlarging. The old entrance off the lighthouse is shoaling and moving South. Sand everywhere.

Days like this make us want to launch one of our rowing boats and head out for a look around.

Chatham Fish Pier looking North

Chatham Fish Pier looking South

Low tide at Outermost Harbor Marina. Last year the channel was visible at low water all the way out to Fool's Cut (created on April 1st). Filling in a bit.

tags: Chatham 12-15-18

Winter Season... again

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Back on her jackstands awaiting Spring.

Another Sailboat Ride

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Norm made another delivery from Newport RI to Tortola, BVI this Fall. This time aboard a Beneteau 43. The trip was uneventful in most ways. The wind was not too strong and only from the wrong direction for a few days. The crew were darn nice guys. 

It would have been much wetter aboard Averisera and the actual sailing would have been way more fun. However, Averisera was not going South and the Beneteau was! So... we sailed the big boat.

Some pictures and a few words about each: 2018 delivery

I was able to sail the boat for a few days before the delivery and the pictures are from a quiet anchorage in Sakonnet River. The pre-deliver experience was helpful at learning the boat.

The Beneteau specs are here:

Alongside us were two boats well suited for ocean voyaging, a Swan 48 and another similar size boat of a type I do not know. The Beneteau is a lot wider and I think not as speedy.

Departure day, October 29 at about 4PM. Newport astern and Pt Judith and the Atlantic ahead. We arrived in St George's Bermuda on Saturday the 3rd. Out on the 4th by noon.

A small double ended dinghy, similar to our skerry, sails in St Georges Harbour. It had me thinking about our grands and the boat we built for them. An early morning picture of the Beneteau at rest in the transient docks. By the way, customs and immigration in Bermuda are first class. 

We did our laundry, had dinner at the White Horse Tavern and left the next day for the fuel dock and departed Bermuda.  Years ago, 1971, Norm was in St Georges for a six week refit of the boat on which he worked. The Tavern was frequented.  Fun to be back after so many years. Yes, it is completely different. 

Crew Leandroe. Nicknamed "Autopilot."

Crew Don. An accomplished seaman and navigator.

Crew, Evan... fussing with a recalcitrant circuit.

Aside from some lumpy seas the first few days, things were pretty quiet offshore.

And then we got to our berth at Village Cay Marina in Road Town, BVI. One tavern to another.

Awoke and had a look around. This is an unusual sight to see at the marina docks. Someone planned an early departure or sail-check or something. An odd sight, none the less.

OK.... we tried out the new Willie T now in Great Bay, Peter Island.

288 Main Street

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Larry and Joe Zabelski (father and son) took out some trees and opened up the grounds to sunlight and air. It also removed a few trees that seemed to threaten the house if another tough winter arrived. It looks nice and thank you S&L Tree Service of Harwich, MA

Plan A is to get some pretty plantings in to beautify our home's entrance.

Looks nice. The area above is behind the house and will get some forest suitable shrubs.

We had a team of guys come over and paint the trim on our house. We are pleased. The work was done under difficult conditions, damp and rain the next day, and the guys did good work.


2019 Racing Schedule??

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Here's what's available in our immediate area for 2019. Some races offer a double handed division which appeals to Norm a lot. It is always fun to get a full crew if we can pull it off. 

Gotta have a pic. Right? Averisera during our first year of ownership in 2007 
There is a funny story to go with the picture. Ask Elizabeth.

Hyannis YC (HYC) Figawi: Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 race over. We don't go to the tent party but have a crew dinner and the crew ferry home.

HYC Baxter Cup, June 29 I will sail the boat over the day before and back the day after the race.

New Bedford YC, June 22-23. Whaler's Race. 100 nm race to Block Island and back from So Dartmouth.

Storm trysail Club Block Island Race Week, June 23-28. this is pretty pricey and it is a strong "maybe."

HYC Distance Race, July 28, Don't know much about it beyond what I read on the  HYC website. Seems to be a 2-3 hr race.

Edgartown YC, July 25-27. Around the island plus some day races. 

Beverly YC, Aug 2-4. Buzzard's Bay Regatta. Very big and expensive probably a no-go.

HYC, Aug 23-25. Cross Sound Race. Hyannis to MV and back the next day

HYC, Sep 15-16, Hurricane Cup, race to Nantucket and back the next day.

HYC link is:

BI Race Week link is:

New Bedford YC link is:

Around The Island link is:

Saint Andrew's School

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I attended SA from 1963 through graduation at the end of the 1968 school year. Later, I lived on campus for a few years with my parents who were faculty. I think it was 1973 that was my last year there.

The 50th reunion for my class was last weekend, Oct 5-7, 2018. A couple of pictures and a few words.

Prior to leaving the Cape, Matt said he wanted to stop at a Waffle House. We did!

One day, it rained biblically. Forgetting that Florida rain is a daily factor, I left the car window open. Oh well...

Matt Tobin after shucking the 72 Katama oysters he brought with him from Martha's Vineyard. Matt rigged himself out in att the gear, bib not shown.

Our house on campus from '64 through '76 when mom and dad decided to leave teaching at SA. It was a nice place to live. A small house with a big outdoors.

Nice to be home with Elizabeth!
An interesting trip. Boca Raton is polished and refined. It sits in stark contrast to our home area of Cape Cod. Here is our little house just an hour before the team of Jamaicans showed up to paint the trim a new color. Nothing like this in Boca!

Where's Averisera?

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Every time we drive past Wychmere Harbor we look for Averisera and she's hard to find. She is under the central mast! There is a small outboard motorboat blocking our view.

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