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Safe and sound

Just a quick note to let all know that all’s well so far.  Sjogin was moved around to a slip in the creek in case Joaquin took a Sandy like left turn.  We’re still dealing with a slow moving Northeaster that has  the water in the upper Bay pushed south.  When the wind lays down, the water will come sloshing back and sure to flood Beaton’s.


Back to normal… almost

What joy to be able to say “…going down to Sjogin for a quick visit/pump out/sail.” There have been a number of them since early July, most just sails of an hour or so, running the same old upper Bay circuit. What a lucky so and so.

Paul has installed the the new seats and they are just as I imagined. Next is the cabin sole, battery and bilge pump, limited furnishings and most importantly, the Sardine wood stove.

Here are a few pics from the last few weeks or so:

Have a seat!
Do sit down. The bespoke Paul Smith seats are very comfortable and sturdy, matching Sjogin’s robust proportions and just what I had in mind. The cedar slats and teak trim will turn silver with age.

What a treat to be able to step down on a solid surface rather than a loose milk crate with a teak lid. Sorry about all those bruises and such over the years.

Same as it ever was
The classic “last look before you leave the boat” image. Not so very different from the photo taken on October 28, 2012.

Fine view
At ease this morning during a quick visit and pump. In a perfect world Ed Lowe should be in the opposite slip in a similar comfortable position. He passed peacefully this year at age 98 after a full life, well sailed.

Ready to go. Or just back and ready to go again. It’s an embarrassment of riches to be able to lose track how many times I’ve gone sailing since Sjogin’s commissioning in early July.

Ghosting out of Beaton’s, Witch to leeward.

At ease again
Here we are hove to off Sloop Point for a change. Do you see a pattern here?

New coat!
Thanks to the lessons learned from Hervey Garrett Smith’s The Arts of the Sailor
we have a new mast coat. Please don’t look too closely at the cave man stitching.

Beaton’s and other pics to follow. (ed: We’ve all heard that before.)

Please sit down….

At long last I’ll be able to say that to our guests. Thanks to Paul’s crafting an idea that I described by moving my hands in the air.  Installation soon!

Come and sit down.



Paul Smith driving Sjogin. 

Once again

Hove to off Swan Point.  Had two fine if slow sails today, the second with Julia.  Seemed to remember how to sail and had to tack around Swan Point in a light easterly with motor boat bobble all over.

Happy Skipper

Your very, very happy Skipper.

Thanks to all who have shared this adventure over the years.  Your patience with my infrequent posting and oh so slow rebuilding progress is deeply appreciated.

Sail slow my friends.

Sjogin III

Apparently there’s enough interest out there that Paul Gartside has designed a 16 foot version of Sjogin.  Here’s a link to the recent article in WaterCraft Magazine.  Truly amazing.  From a neglected boat on the back row at Beaton’s to a seemingly global small boat star.

Let a thousand Sjogin’s bloom.

Deck fittings

Running out of excuses not to go sailing.  Installed the new jib sheet fittings today along with the quarter cleats and the out haul cleat on the boom.

Tomorrow the sails get bent on and I’ll see if I remember how to heave to.


The new jib sheets will go through the fairlead at the forward corner on top of the house and then to cam cleats on the aft corner.  This way there will not be any blocks  or sheets on the deck.



Sandy survivor. This is the simple little block I use to keep the wire halyard off the mast.  It was right where I left it when Sjogin was recovered.


Paul Smith fashioning a Duckboat rudder.  Nice breeze blowing in the window.  Ahhh…..

As promised 

Sjogin’s mast was stepped yesterday after far too long.  I forgot the customary 1985 Bahamian quarter with a local sloop on one face.  A quarter was used yesterday with her traditional coin to be slipped under the mast today.  That should please Poseidon.

Looks like I managed to label the shrouds and stays correctly as everything seems to fit.  The rigging will settle down over time and especially after a few sails.  (Sailing, what a concept.)

Here are a few pics from yesterday:


Remember you can click on the photos for a larger image.

Thanks all for your patience over the years with my slow posting pace.  These new tools will hopefully shorten the publishing schedule.  We’ll see.

Here’s Raven leaving Beaton’s.  Looking forward to seeing a few races this Summer.  Sjogin’s getting rigged tomorrow.  Preparing new halyards and such as I type. (Sort of.)

This is getting easy.

No stopping me now. I added to new WordPress app to my phone (where all the pics are).  Here’s a test Post.

One of the recent Beaton skiffs home for a touch up.

Mary Ann ready for her 91st season.

Will the Bat  be back?  Stay tuned.

Ready to rig.  The BBYRA season starts next Saturday.

Lightning details.
Well, that wasn’t too hard.  More soon.

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