Slowly Learning that Life is Okay

6 years have gone by since your passing on July the tenth, 2013. I miss you so much. I have a hard time going on without you. Sometimes I sleep with my arms wrapped tightly around a pillow – pretending that it’s you as we snuggle up together on the couch. Can you feel me?…

Nice legs!

Imagine you’ve arrived at that favourite anchorage, the one with the long sandy beach, only to find it chock-a-block crowded with large boats. No worries, as one of the wonderful things about a small boat is that you can sail right past all of those deep draught vessels and find a spot in shallow waters….

Things are swell

Launch day was a success! Launching a dry wooden lapstrake hull involves the process of the boat’s planks swelling up. This makes the boat become watertight again. This can take hours, or sometimes days. It can mean a lot of bailing and pumping. The best part of slipping Quinque into Maple Bay this week was…

Just about ready to launch

Quinque just needs a second coat of bottom paint and then I can put her rig aboard and launch her next week. The exterior of the hull has been ‘wooded’ (brought back to bare wood), primed, and painted. The interior has been sanded and a mixture with Pine Tar and Tung oil is curing. She…

Bird’s Eye Cove

I scored a great slip in Maple Bay to keep Quinque at this season. It’s protected, parking is close by, it’s located directly at the bottom of the pedestrian ramp, and the rates are reasonable. In the short time I’ve spent there, I get a feeling that the small-scale marina has a real community feel…

Pizza Party! It’s ON!

Woo! Woo! Good times! Quinque is officially accepted into the 2019 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival! Pizza party on Quinque @ the dock, Saturday night: it’s ON! Ever been strolling the docks, admiring the boats, and come across an impossibly bright white Gin-palace of a vessel that kinda resembles a tennis shoe? Craning your head…

Idioms rule

“Like watching paint dry.” Going by that idiom, you would think that stripping paint might be the polar opposite to watching it dry. “Woo! Woo! Let’s strip paint! Good times!” Um, nope. Turns out it’s actually an even more unpleasant experience. I got first hand knowledge today, laying on my back with a cascade of…

Blog #1: Anticipating the sailing season

Since acquiring Quinque in the late fall of 2018, Barb and I have been preparing the boat for the upcoming sailing season. I am actually enjoying working on a wooden boat again. I particularly like the small scale of Quinque compared to many of the previous boats I’ve owned. We’ve refreshed her rig with new…

Love is come again

Love is come again Since parting with Carlotta, sailing and boats have been almost non-existent for Barb and I. I just couldn’t look at a boat anymore. The energy wasn’t there for me. My mind would race with anxious thoughts whenever I pondered getting involved with a boat again – whether it be wooden or…

Where We Find You

Where We Find You …on the day that would have been your twentieth birthday. Returning; past the empty school bus stop, down the sloping highway and into the hamlet of Lund. Push through the doors of Nancy’s bakery for a blackberry cinnamon bun. Good friends are there to share a breakfast with. Cross up to…

The Heavy Load of Grief

Out of control! I’m careening down a big hill on my bicycle at full speed. There’s something wrong with my brakes and they won’t engage. I can’t stop. Inches to my left, a constant string of semi trailer trucks thunder past me. The noise is deafening. The wind they buffet sucks me towards them, then…

Any Other Way

Earworm. I’ve got a song stuck in my head, spiraling its way into my brain. The National: The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness. Twenty-four hours in my head. I wonder if: (a) I’m going crazy, or (b) there’s a reason for it. While ‘a’ is the most probable answer, I’m game to explore option…

Why I ride.

2017 Cycle of Life Tour Why I ride: Stephen Mohan Talks About the Cycle of Life Tour The 2017 Cycle of Life Tour will take 80 riders on an unforgettable cycle touring experience through the beautiful Saanich Inlet, Cowichan Valley and Gulf Islands. Cyclists will pedal nearly 200km of smooth country road to raise critical…

Imagining My Man

Another pile of days passes, another year without you. You were fifteen when I last saw you, smack in the prime of your teenage years. Today would be your nineteenth birthday. Nineteen. No longer a boy. A man. I miss you. I wish so badly that we were still together. I would give anything. I’m…

‘Hard’copy

I’ve completed the first draft! It’s feeling more than just a little surreal to be at this stage. Writing this book has certainly not been easy. What a rollercoaster ride of a journey. Sometimes the cart was cresting a climb, leaving me weightless and laughing. Other times the tracks led down dark tunnels of despair…

Putting Myself Out There

Hello Everyone, This winter I’ve been writing a book – a memoir. Until now, I’ve been holding it close to my chest. This was because I wasn’t sure if I could complete it. Also I didn’t want any outside pressure to get it done. It’s not quite finished yet, but I am closing in on…