Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Sunday tour of the Mystic Seaport Campus, ala WoodenBoat Festival 20

Jon Harris and his Chesapeake Light Craft team brought a lot of boats, including the lovely Chester Yawl above. The sail rig belongs to another boat, the Chester is purely for rowing.

The Wooden Boat Rescue Foundation had a presence. Here's a restoration in progress, the boat is a 1931 Clipper 17, an early one design sloop.

Arey's Pond Boat Yard brought this Arey's Pond Daysailer, designed by Antonio Dias.

Jada shows the innovative winged rudder Tony brought to this design.
Read about the development of this design here, in Tony's words.


The intriguing Reciproa steam launch

Owner/builder Kelly Anderson explaining her details. She burns wood and is almost entirely handmade.
Mr Anderson, I may have someone interested in purchasing your launch, please contact me via email, found in the top left corner of this weblog, just under the header.

Daniel Noyes brought one of his very sweet dories.

Gannon & Benjamin, possibly more widely known and respected for larger projects also build lots of smaller boats. This year they showed up with Minnehaha. Looks like one of their Bella's

Eventually I caught up with Tony Dias, blue shirt, and we hung out a bit. Though we have had a lot of correspondence, this is our first meeting.

It was nice to visit with Med and Mo Chandler of Ships Coy Forge again. They have successfully transitioned from PA to New Hampshire and are going strong.

Tony insisted on showing me their rigging knives. This one is Med's brother knife.

Fine detail on the back edge of the blade. These two are carving out a name for themselves in the Maritime ironmongery business.

Tony pointed out this unusual cabin top, something he'd had a hand in.

A little later we ran into Lance Lee, about to leave for home but here engaged with George Rockwood aboard George's Morning Light.

Morning Light with George, Lance and Tony aboard.

Here's WoodenBoat Senior Editor Tom Jackson opens a demonstration on rigging, one of the last demo's for the weekend.

Matt Otto, head rigger at the Seaport, led the demonstration on rigging. Many of the demo's over the weekend, collected together, gave a detailed account of the boat building process, from lofting, through planking, to rigging.

On my way out, I could not resist this charming little sailing canoe.

Butternut was designed and built by Capt. Pete Culler.

Dessert as offered up by Mystic Seaport.

Mystic opened the warehouse of over 400 boats not on public display to anyone interested.

I was, and it was a rare treat to visit the 'archives'.

all photos copyright Thomas Armstrong

That about wraps it up, hearty thanks to both WoodenBoat Magazine and Mystic Seaport. Indeed, I'd like to thank everyone whose hard work made this event possible, those who were exhibitors, those who brought boats, those who shared their expertise so freely, all who, working together, make this such a great event. See ya next year. I'd also like to specially thank John Eastman and his crew for making this a special weekend with the Icon Boats, bringing them down from Maine, and Michelle Corbeil, Public Relations Director at WoodenBoat for arranging press credentials.


Baydog said...

I want a Reciproa. At this point the only powerboat I would ever want.

Thomas Armstrong said...

Yeah, I get it, and she's for sale I think. Let's see if I can rustle up the owner for you.

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