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…