Archive for January, 2010

A Volunteer Organization

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

One thing I’m doing in my enforced retirement is driving the ambulance at our town’s all-volunteer Fire and Ambulance Association.  This has involved over six months of training, and I still have a great deal to learn. As the world transitions to a smaller and more sustainable economy we need more dedication to helping our neighbors, and sadly, we also need far fewer yachts. But the ones we still have will be true masterpieces. Gone will be the mass-produced “clorox bottles” from our recent bout of unsustainable overconsumption. What you’ll begin to see will be magnificent though physically small works of art from the hands of masters. Maybe even one or two more from my own hand.

No Sense Waiting

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The PAINE 26

Now’s the time to clean out the barn and start building. In every century there’s one boat that makes sense for the times. In the last, it was the Herreshoff 12 1/2.  In this one, it’s her big sister. Let me know- I can help.

Sailing Redwing

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010


It’s wintah here in Maine- 18 inches of snow the other day.  But in New Zealand it is high summer, so people get to try out their brand new Redwing 10 1/2.