sailors in your mouth – happy thanksgiving

hope you have a blessed day of Thanksgiving with delicious foods and fellowship with friends and family.

enjoy this, um…. strange song, performed by The National, for the TV show “Bob’s Burgers.

What’s that sound
It’s the gravy boat comin’ around
It’s not a Navy boat, it’s the gravy boat
Filled with bravery, savory sailor folk stuff
And sailors disembark
Fill our plates
Fill our hearts
Fill our hearts

breezing up [winslow homer, 1876]

a beautiful sailing painting by Winslow Homer (1876)


mystery boat: what is it?

a few days ago, a friend of the blog sent me a few pictures of a mystery boat that they own, but are not exactly sure what the boat actually is… here are a few details:

  • the reader described it as a scow, similar to a Butterfly
  • approximately 12-feet long, wood construction
  • aluminum mast and spars for a lateen rig
  • a (ridiculously!) large rudder and centerboard, also built of aluminum
  • looks like it has some mast stays, and the mast would sit on a base fixture (the mast doesn’t go through the deck into a mast step)
  • it seems like the mast stays would really limit how you can adjust the rigging points for the lateen sail

I searched the “CloneFish” archives at the Yahoo Sunfish Sailor Group to see if it was listed there – but didn’t see anything quite like this.

so what say you? any of my blog readers know what this mystery boat could be? see a few pictures below:

mystery fish 3

mystery fish 1

mystery fish 2

America’s Cup World Series Chicago

the America’s Cup World Series is coming to the Great Lakes: June 10-12, 2016 at Navy Pier in Chicago.

might just have to schedule a trip to see my brother in Chicago for a couple days…

a side benefit of solo sailing

no one is there to hum annoying tunes.


seascape, night effect

a beautiful painting by Claude Monet.

seascape-night-effectseascape, night effect (1866)

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