Bringing it home from Florida -- dang, that was a long drive. It's hard to believe this is an original Douglas Hull #88 built in 1959! She looks pretty good for her age, eh?
Afternoon sail with the wife and kiddos
Heeled over with Mr. Pete to leeward!
Yikes!! A big puff and the mast step crunched right through the deck. Now we have work to do!
Bedding the reinforcements
Fairing and shaping each layer of coring
Glassing it all up with a thick mat, skinned over with 2 layers of super strong 6oz S-Glass. US Composites is the place for all your glass repairing needs.
Faired using microballoons
Primed and painted with Interlux products...tapped filled and re-tapped each through hole for the step
Properly fitted and bedded step and hinge - Nice!
Back in ship-shape again...now, let's go sailing!!!
The full crew headed to dinner at The Boathouse
Everyone knows sailing is a labor of love. We don't do it because it's easy or predictable -- we do it because it's challenging and rewarding -- and that is what makes it fun.
To harness the wind in the canvas of a small vessel across sometimes turbulent waters can be peaceful and frightful in the same instant. I hope this story in pictures gives the reader a taste of both the joys and trials that often accompany sailing. The power of the wind can even be destructive, but thankfully, God has given us the ability to repair and overcome what has been broken, and we are stronger for it.