Slow sailing again and few boats looking Beaton Fresh

After a few week haul out for bottom and topsides paint, Sjogin is back where she belongs.  A week or so of swelling has her as tight as she was before the haulout.   Which means that she always takes a bit of water as she’s just over sixty years old.

Here are two videos of a slow sail last week and a series of pics of recent launchings at Beaton’s, all looking ‘Beaton Fresh’.

So very grateful that I can do this and share with folks who enjoy seeing our very tiny adventures.  Hope this provides a brief distraction from these difficult times.

Even with a clean bottom and no other boat wakes there are times when even this slow sailor finds it necessary to break out the sculling oar.  The no see ums found me at this point so it was time to resort to my ash breeze to travel the last hundred yards or so.

Foamranger is an elderly Chris Craft skiff that’s been well cared for at Beatons for a long time.

Myth looking ready for another season of sailing like it was done in the 1890’s  She’s a replica of the original late 19th century catboat.

Here’s Suzanne, the Beaton family boat.  She was built in Maine to serve folks on an offshore island.

One of the Beaton yard workers Patrick’s dinghy, ready for another season of messing about.  This very able boat was built in fibreglass by Cape Cod Shipbuilding Company.  Details here.

This is Quest, a Watch Hill 15 built by Herreshoff in the 1920’s I believe.

Legend is one of Charles Hankins skiffs.  A very simple and handy boat for day cruising and such.

I expect we’ll have some videos soon of Sjogin sailing a bit faster then as shown above.  Stay safe all and hold fast.





Getting closer…

After a stretch of damp and cool weather, good painting conditions have finally arrived.  I have every expectation that Sjogin will be back where she belongs by this weekend and sailing next week.  It’s been four weeks since the last fire and a sizzle down below and even longer since the last sail.

More importantly, my local supplier of sausage bread has resumed production and I have a loaf just waiting  for a cool enough morning for a sizzle before the summer heat sets in.

Here’s Jeff wiping down the topsides prior to painting.


Topsides are sanded and ready for a coat of Kirby’s finest semi-gloss white paint.  The bottom’s been painted within a few inches of the waterline.  The final cutting in will be done after the topsides are done.

This session on the hard should keep her looking good till next spring.

No sailing this weekend!

And not for my usual desire for Goldilocks conditions of a light to very moderate breeze out of the SE to SW, cool enough for a fire and a bit of sun.

A few weeks ago, I asked Beaton’s to pull Sjogin when convenient to sand and paint the bottom and topsides.  With a Goldilocks forecast and plenty of water in the Bay I headed down Saturday to go for the first sail of our current crisis and found Sjogin as you can see below.  If we can finally have a few warm and sunny days she should be back in commission next week.

I was pleased to find her topsides paint in fine condition absent the usual rust stains on the stem from her iron sickness.  Even better was the lack of water seeping out of the garboard seams.  Just a tiny dribble which is very manageable.

Looks like she could pass a ten foot test of her topsides and bottom paint.

If you look close you can see the rust stains.  It’s a chronic condition that can only be solved by replacing the stem.  I’ll leave that for Sjogin’s next steward.

Usually there’s a broad area of weeping here.  Our current damp and cool weather will help keep the seam tight till she’s back in the water.

A bit more weeping here but far less than normal.  Both garboard seams were tended to last year by Paul Smith and that seems to have done the trick.

Next post should show some progress with the painting and getting ready for better weather.

Thanks again for following along.  It’s been almost fifteen years I’ve been sharing Sjogin’s story and it’s my hope that posting here and on her social media accounts will bring a smile and some comfort in these trying times.

Julia and I are so very grateful for our good fortune and good health to date.  We  wish you and yours all the best as we work through this pandemic.


Still here

Hello all.

Just linked back up with WordPress after a password kerfuffle.  As some of you may know that there is a public Sjogin Page on Facebook and an Instagram Page under the same name.  Both have regular (far more irregular here) updates, news from Beaton’s, our gardens and such.  Keeping up this blog has been indifferent over the last few years due to the ease of posting on social media.

Still, I’ve been writing here for almost fifteen years.  It’s been a fine journey, meeting lots of interesting folks both analog and digital.  Ten years ago Sjogin’s lines were recorded and Paul Gartside drew several versions in different lengths.  To date I’ve heard of or seen a half dozen new Sjogins built or under construction around the world.  Five years ago Sjogin and my search for her origins were featured in WoodenBoat Magazine.  A high honor indeed.

I’ve signed up a friend to help manage this page and the prospect of posting here regularly and having it show up in my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds.  We’ll see; you’ve heard such good intentions here before.

Here’s a photo from 2017 showing her still varnished rub rails and Malachy Green house trim.  Both are now Bronze Green; Kirby Paints of course.

Hold Fast all as we struggle through these grim times.


All the way to Reedy Creek

Managed to get out for a sail last week and made it Reedy Creek, all of a mile or so from Beaton’s. Once reached I hove too for an hour for lunch and more Tilman adventures near K2.

Here are a few pics and videos from the sail:

As far as I can tell, this is the only Osprey next on their preferred foundation. It’s just north of Reedy Creek.

Sailing past the Oyster Farm. The floats are attached to cages which are full of happy Oysters.

Here the cars are upside down and empty of Oysters. The farmers do this to dry and remove the usual growth of grasses and such.

The Sloop Point platform has a pair of young Osprey almost ready to fly.

Beating out of Jones Tide Pond with Juniors to weather.

The nest across Stockton Lake from us has three little ones with the largest itching to fly.

Recent Beaton’s Projects

Here are some pics taken at Beaton’s over the last year. There’s always something interesting going on at this classic boatyard.

Finally (he says) figured out how to easily upload pics direct from my iPad to the WordPress app. (Upload them one at a time.). Hope some of you haven’t given up on my glacial posting pace.

A local family brought this collection of dinghy parts to Paul Smith and asked him to recreate this family heirloom. The dinghy was used for several generations until it was beyond repair. Next photo shows the result of Paul’s efforts.

Ready for another generation or three.

New butterfly hatches for a NY 32, designed by Herreshoff and built by Nevins in the Thirties.

Quest in the paint shop looking Beaton Fresh.

Paul and Jeff in the seemingly never ending task of refinishing all the bright bits removed from the Stonington motorsailer Barnegat.

Here’s the Hankin’s skiff Legend ready for another season. She had the hull paint stripped and a few punky bits fixed.

One of the stranger projects this year. Paul is restoring the bow half of an E-Scow to be displayed at Bay Head Yacht Club.

A sure sign of Spring when the yard Garvey makes her appearance with fresh paint. She was built at Beaton’s in the fifties.

Finally, here’s Myth getting her yearly beauty treatment.

Summer on Barnegat Bay

We’re long back to our regular Summer schedule of at least one sail a week and and a visit every few days just to “check up on Sjogin”. Here are some photos from the last few months or so.

Once again this Blog is languishing compared to my steady stream of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts. Still, I like to take time and put together occasional longer posts here.

And to reacquaint you with your writer, here is a pic from early this Summer experimenting with a design for a spot to sit aft with the curve of the coaming just so.

That’s Beaton’s to leeward and hove to of course. The tiller is wrapped in a few turns of the main sheet to keep it out of the way.

Reading on the proposed stern seat. This is one of those projects that get thought of for years before actually making it so. Just a few boat cushions in place to dial in the exact seat height.

An early Summer appearance by Julia.

What’s wrong with this picture? One can only hope that this is the extent of this year’s surprises. Quickly fixed and continued on, hove to on starboard. Astonished that the clevis pin didn’t roll overboard.

Waiting on crew. Had quite a varied guest list this Summer. And a couple of folks that had never sailed before, always a treat for me.

Jeffrey, Julia and Action, the One Eyed Wonder out for a great sail two weeks ago watching the Duckboat Worlds.

Daniel, here from Florida visiting his Grandparents for his annual Sjogin sail. He remembered his prior lessons and drove us around for quite a while.

I don’t understand why I’m not smiling too. Taking Julia’s niece Kayliegh and friends out on a barely breathless day. Terrible Sjogin conditions with little air out of the East and a building bobble of too many motorboat wakes. The ladies had a great time in spite of it all.

A Peter Slack photo he snuck in while taking Duckboat World pics.

Another one from Peter. Just enough air to keep us moving and to allow watching the Ducks go by without too many worries about what’s ahead.

And finally here she is hauled last week for some paint work and a bit of garboard caulking. She’ll go back in soon for the start of the sizzle season. The next Post will undoubtedly include images of the first fire and sail of the off-season.

Thanks for sticking around and I guess some of you are used to these lapses.

Updates to the Sjogin and Beatons Pages here soon.

Fair winds all.