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I buy dented cans and two day old bread.  Most of my clothes came from the local dump which is more like the worlds greatest thrift store where everything is free and treasures abound.  I rarely go to bars or out to eat, I love the challenge of living on a budget.  When it comes to building a boat its a different story.  With Sookie I have gone all out, every new piece has been fabricated, cast, or hand built just for this little boat.  You can’t buy safety but building a brick of a boat sure does buy piece of mind and inspire confidence.

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Anything worth doing is worth doing right.  Building Sookie has been a painfully slow process but she is an example of perfection on every level.

teak blocks

I have scoured the back recesses of obscure marine chandleries all over the world to find each and every matching part to add.

teak blocks

Six months into my search for the perfect pad eyes turned up nothing, then one day a friend showed up with a drill, a bottle of tequila and a bag of parts.

falmouth cutter stern roller

Her stern roller is as much a work of art as it is a highly functional anchor roller and boat brakes.

falmouth cutter bowsprite

Mechanical fitting aren’t cheap but but they sure are shiny, strong and pretty and easily rebuildable.  I continue to upgrade and maintain this wonderful little boat but there is a new project in the makings so sailing might be put on the back burner for a bit.  I have her listed for sale but also have my eyes on a nice barn in Oregon, if she doesn’t sell by fall she will be carefully wrapped up and stored away for future adventures.  I hate the idea of having baggage out there but also don’t feel like I have finished this project properly.  I don’t know what the future holds and honestly I don’t spend much of my time thinking about it, there is simply too much fun going on today to worry about what tomorrow may bring.

My newest project, building a bike for adventure touring will see a different direction.  Until I know it will work I will be keeping the bike very blue collar.  If we survive the rigors of the road and decide to continue I will build the bike as we travel to create a masterpeice of simple, strong, reliable…oh and as usual she will be the most beautiful bike to grace the tarmac.

“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way… you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.”
~ Aristotle

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