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Pursuing the cruising dream in 32' of sailing ketch

Little Touches

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This boat we live and cruise aboard came to us second hand, of course. Well, actually it’s certainly more than second, and it could be 22nd-hand, as far as we know.   She was built 54 years ago and the ownership records are long gone for the first half of her life, so it’s anyone’s guess.

But what we do know is the last 25 years.  Gordon – the previous owner – found her in southern New England around 1990 and brought her to Maine.  Now Gordon was and is quite a craftsman, but even more important, he had good sense in boat fittings and accommodations. Little things, like a handle here, a knob there.  Big things, like a new dodger over the cockpit, new engine and upgraded sails. Changes and refinements big and small, and each carefully thought out and executed well. In his 23 years as Sionna’s caregiver, he gave her a lot of care, and it shows.

So this we knew when we took her over back in the spring of 2015 – we were getting a well loved, pampered boat. 

 Thus, our happiness.

Well today I found another example of Gordon’s loving care of her, and in the most unexpected place – the head vent!  (The “head”, if you’ve forgotten, is what you land-people call the “bathroom”, and a vent is…well… a vent.)

I figured it was time to check the vent ducting this morning, not having looked at it in a while, and I thought I’d start at the outside and work inward. The outside vent head looks like this:

So I took off that little screw and the cap it secures, turned it over, and found this:

You see that little symbol, carved into the top of the pipe and the inside of the cap? It’s Gordon’s “mark”, if you will.  It’s both a stylized letter “G” and a drawing of a schooner’s gaff-rigged mainsail, thus:

And that cap?  From the outside, I took it to be a piece of molded plastic, and gave it no more thought, but once I looked closer I realized it’s actually wood and Gordon – an accomplished carver – must have created it and finished it to look so non-descript as to be invisible. 

Such are the wonders one finds when they hang out with old fat boats and talented people. 

Thank you, Gordon. She’s a gem. 


Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. After spending the summer in Maine, working to replenish the cruising kitty, we’re back on the boat, with plans to visit the Bahamas later in the winter. Follow our blog here, and follow our progress in map form by joining www.Farkwar.com!

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