I will never forget the first time I rowed away from Sookie in the early morning light, I stopped for a few moments to take it all in, she is impossibly perfect. The last line of the last email I sent to the proud new owner was “I’m envious”. Today my only job is to get one single piece of paper in the mail, one that just may turn out to be the most precious thing Jim carries aboard his new boat.
Its amazing how two boats from the same drawing board can be so different. Dora Rose is a world class example of excellence. I have been on many falmouth cutters in my life but never one as nice or well laid out and equipped as Dora Rose. We spent hours just sitting and chatting during the survey that Jim did himself. He is a resourceful guy and didn’t need a stranger to point out the obvious, that Dora Rose was built for him. When you own a boat like the Falmouth Cutter the world is limitless, she will get you there safely and in grand style.
All new boats need personalization and tweaking but this boat needs very little. She is strong, simple, safe, beautiful, and has everything necessary for long distance cruising including a heater. Having spent so much time aboard I have already started drawing out the changes winter will bring to Sookie but thats a long way off.
I have been fortunate enough to have spent the last week in company with a master shipwright with what Lyle Hess could only describe as perfection. Wood, sawdust and the beginnings of a new ship. I have been blessed with one more week in this little boat shed and then its back to splash Sookie.
You have the most beautiful bowsprit I have ever seen. Girl in the boatyard April 4th, 2014