It was a slow day—the type of show where artists and craftspeople spend most of the time talking to each other.
You get a sort of meager slumber. Night-Ops rumbling above, General Quarters can sound any time; and up you'd rise to your assigned station.
The little sloop Pussytoes was to get rechristened. Around the boatyard, we snickered. Who'd want to sail the on the Pussytoes?
To get somewhere by "going 'round Robinhood's Barn" was a favorite saying of the Cap'n and his family.
Items like models, patterns and proportional dividers are as important to your carving as sharp gouges and knives.
If not golden, silence can be precious
Spinney knew that keeping a small boatyard working during the winter months is not easy.
A friend owned a Bristol 27. A boat that could be comfortable for two on extended cruising but wasn't something two people could liveaboard.
The little sloop is close to a disastrous jibe, and in the tempest, it is sailing in it will probably lead to a knockdown - the sort of scenario that haunts every sailor's dreams.