Summer prep 

I spent the day working on the garden and planting seedlings in preparation for summer.  Watermelon is a staple.

Cutty is improving and is no longer house bound.  She spent the morning sitting in the garden watching me work and is beginning to put weight on her leg.


I know I keep saying this, but I miss not having a boat.  While it’s nice being surrounded by water on the island, it’s a constant reminder that I could be out on the bay sailing. 

Unfortunately I have so many projects on the go and work is keeping me really busy, so I don’t have much time for sailing.  

If anyone knows of a little sailing boat with the following characteristics, please let me know.  I’d love to spend a few days sailing over Christmas.

Classic traditional design;


Gaff rigged;

Transom hung tiller;

Centreboard keel; and

Bronze hardware.
That’s my ideal boat.

5 thoughts on “Summer prep 

  1. You may want to have a look at the Drascombe boats. They are traditional british boats that meet some of your requirements, although a bit smaller than you have specified. They have a good reputation.

    Mike P

    • Thanks for the tip Mike. I’ll take a look at them. There aren’t too many boats like this in Australia. Most of the smaller centre boarders are all of a modern design like little trailer sailers. A New Zealand mullet boat would fit the bill perfectly, but they are all in NZ. I’m a fan of the English boats though, especially their small cruising designs.
      Thanks again and hopefully you’ll see me with a new boat in the coming months.

  2. Honestly, I think 26-28 ft is too big for a gunkholer with a lot on their plate (work in the city and get a way to maintain. For long week ends or a vacation trip, 16-23 ft is much better in my opinion. Although not a gaff rig, a Westwright Potter might fit the bill (but butt ugly in my opinion). Too big and you won’t use it as much. Too small is the same. But, smaller is easier to use on the spur of the moment, easier to launch, easier to pull out with just a trailer attached to your jeep, and much less effort (and TIME) to maintain and more time to enjoy. My list would be a WW Potter as above or a catboat.

    For more traditional “different” style a catboat

    You just seem a bit busy to spend too much time with a boat, so my thoughts run to smaller low maintenance types that fit your needs, not completely “ideal looking”. The catboats have a “look” that makes me happy. Fiberglass, a LITTLE bit of wood to maintain, good performance in a package that can be managed with minimum demands of time. Granted, these are American boats and finding one down under might be a tad tough but it gives the idea.

    My ideas come from having a Westsail 32. It was not a spur of the moment lets go sail the bay for a couple hours. I kept a smaller boat for that, The Westsail to me was a traveling boat. Designed and made to go far far away. But out to Redfish Island or Army Hole (places on t he Texas coast) for a weekend? Nope, too much work. My wife lusted after the Herreshoff catboat above. Ken (formerly aboard Satori W32)

  3. I thought about a little different tack also. If you wanted a sea going boat a Flicka would be ideal. Looks great. Low maintenance but not easy to load on a trailer. But you could go anywhere and shoal draft. Simple small but tough. Ken

    • Hi Ken,
      I’m taking your comments onboard. I came across a little 1992 Com-pac 16/3 here. It’s a long way away but I can get it transported. I see they are a popular boat in Texas. A bit small for what I ideally want, but it can sleep me and the dog and still enough room to cook a meal. The more I research them, the more I like em. The 20ft catboats are nice, but way out of my price range.

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