Sunday, March 15, 2015


Yes, the quarterly magazine Cruising Outpost by Bob Bitchin (you remember him from Latitudes and Attitudes magazine) has Memory Rose as their 'Featured Boat' in this March Issue.

The magazine comes out quarterly, so Memory Rose is 1 of only 4 boats who will get that prize this year!  Quite an honor!  Thanks Bob!!

article runs from page 54-59.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Projects or Travel?

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"Reaching Out".....a part of cruising.

I continue to be asked to explain the Ulu Sail Project so here goes...

 The sails of the Kuna Indians of Panama were mostly made of scraps they accumulate from old cruising sails given to them by cruisers, or even bed sheets, political posters, or any such old fabric.  Anything that can catch the wind.

From the beginning, I always took items to give away along my path, to those I found with needs. Usually, it was toys or something simple for children.  Clothing or simple fishing gear was also in stock for 'give away's'.  Generosity is not uncommon in the cruising community.  Some cruisers devote much of their time while cruising and while at home, to do good as they move across earths surface.  I have found cruisers delivering medical supplies, books and educational material or the gift of their personal time and skills.  The close contact cruising affords offers unique opportunities.
My 'cruising' has ended, but the connection to some of those we met, has not.
                                              The Indians use what they have..

For part of our continuing story, the "Ulu Sail Project", click on this web address.

The Ulu Sail Project has now made over 300 sails for the dug out canoes of the Kuna Indians, 2/3's of which have so far been delivered.
They are traded for a couple of molas, a hand sewn ornamental part of a garment worn by the women in their daily clothing.  It's an item they commonly used to sell, but this offers them a chance for barter.  Barter, allows them to keep their hard earned cash and still get what they need.

For a short YouTube video link on the Ulu Sail Project, visit:

The "next" delivery of sails to their Guna Yala region of Panama will be in March or April 2015.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Memory Rose at St. Pete Yacht and Sailboat Show, Dec. 2014

 Packed like sardines, the vessels were all in prime condition for showing.  Memory Rose was no exception.  Every detail was attended to and she definitely drew attention.  Most of the show was comprised of power vessels and a smaller section of new sailboats.  Memory Rose was the only example of a 'ready to go world cruiser'.  Lines were continuous to board here and all were astonished when the departed. Brokers also came in numbers to view her.

 We were the only sailboat in the Main Isle parallel to the shore.
 She looked like a marine version of a Hummer on steroids ......and sporting a luxury interior.

 She's a trophy awaiting the next winner.......

Returning home from the show, I took a leisurely route down through the Tampa Ship Channel, under the Skyway Bridge, down to my old anchoring spot at the SE corner of Egmont Key, then went out into the Gulf of Mexico and later on, back into Pass-a-Grille Channel heading for my dock.
Nice day... Lovely day.... never even noticed the cloud cover or drizzle. Any day on the water is a good day, right?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Silent Night

Memory Rose in her early days.  Merry Christmas to all!

Alaskan Morning

Tim Bennett, a CSY fan, sent this photo and message.

"This is my truck windshield this morning.
I could work for years to draw or paint this. I hope you enjoy."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dolphin Striker

When designing my Dolphin Striker or Martingale, I wanted to be sure never to harm a dolphin!  My machinist said he could make anything I could draw, so the next morning, I brought him my sketch of a dolphin with back arched upwards.  He smiled and added 2 of them to each side of my Dolphin Striker as a design element which also captures the side of the 1/2" 1x19 wire used for the bobstay.

The upper end of the striker in my mind, needed to be able to take minor movement.  I had seen too many fixed upper ends, that appeared to me to invite failure from fatigue caused by varying side loads.

 I designed a pivoting block and Rick Heim machined it out of a  solid piece of 316 stainless Steel.