Cruising Shot of the Week

Thanks to Pete Williams for this shot of his Herreshoff ketch, Sandpiper, recently crossing Bass Strait en route to Flinders Island.

Do you have cool shots from your cruising adventures? Send them to me at cruisingcompass@bwsailing.

For Love of the Boat

I love sailboats.  New ones, old ones, fast ones, and slow ones.  I love the way they smell – most of them anyway. I love their sounds – even luffing now and again.  I love watching them sail and ride at anchor.  One thing about sailboats makes me sad though: seeing a boat that is neglected, beat up, and seemingly unloved.  We all know these boats, with their discolored and oxidized gelcoat, moldy green canvas and running rigging, tattered cushions and smelly bilges.  Ads for them proclaim – “great project boat!” or “just needs a little TLC”.  And that, in a roundabout sort of way, is exactly what makes me love sailboats.  Sailors see through the blemished imperfection and take the time, effort, and money to clean, fix, re-rig, and love these boats again.

Don’t be afraid to fix an old gem of a boat.  Sure, it may not be the best looking – yet, and it may not have all the frills – yet.  But, the financial, emotional and physical effort you put forth will payoff in great proportions as that boat carries you to all the places you want to go.

Enjoy this week’s Cruising Compass.


Andrew Cross

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