Thursday, August 15, 2013

the original

Curt asked in a comment about the original Spartina, a Devlin-designed Nancy's China that my Dad and I built in Texas in the late 1980s.  The designs called for small cabin, which I left off.  I also changed the rig from a sprit rig to a gaff-rigged main with a traditional boom.

There she is above on our last ever sail aboard her, coming in to Ocracoke from Pamlico Sound.  I was building the Pathfinder at the time.  I sold this boat a few weeks later, walking away with tears in my eyes.



EyeInHand said...

Beautiful, Steve.

The photo, too.

Anonymous said...

Pretty boat, Steve. Did you ever wish that you had a cabin? (on either Spartinas)?

Steve said...

Never. Not in the least. I've made only a few good decisions in my life - going without a cabin is one of them. Cabins, particularly on small boats, are vacuums that collect junk. Sails, lines, seat cushions, mold and mildew.
The only exception to this, and I think of my Canadian friend who sails way up north in the cold waters of the Atlantic, where the elements make some protection necessary.
Give me an open boat anytime.