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I feel like I’ve been given a life sentence of solitaty confinement.  Slower than the molasses in January the days creep on, cold, dark, damp and lonely, cabin fever has set in.  I’m envious of Emily as she packs up for her morning ride to the office everyday, I wave goodbye wishing it was me heading out into the world.

sailing singles

Chloe is on her final glide path and while its hard to watch her wither away I’m fortunate that since I found her we have been together every second of every day.  Emily is our savior right now and chief bread winner.  These are hard times but also a blessing.  I sit and write all day every day snuggled up with my furry best friend.  Her body is old and tired but her eyes tell me a different story.

Salty Dog

For every story that ends a new one begins.  I didn’t have to think twice about ending this years voyage before it began, Chloe has always come first.  Sailing into Cougar Bay to become a live-aboard ended more than one chapter in my life but it also began many new ones.  For the first time in as long as I can remember , I have a committed crew “Emily” and the boat in is rare form these days.  When Sookie arrived on her trailer three and a half yard ago she was pretty rough but her bones were strong, now a world class yacht she is coming together well and while we have only just begun with our refit the hardest work is behind us.

blue water pocket cruiser

So a new journey has begun as we we share the sail so to speak.  Our new sailing blog Boatyard Pirates will be a very different monster than this, our personal journal.  It is a new site featuring pocket cruising sailboats for sale, yacht delivery, sailing lessons and personal consultations.  Its a place where we can review products we love, techniques that are tried and true and anything else we feel like without changing the original direction of this journal.  In 1987 I brokered my first boat sale, did my first offshore delivery and started what would become a lifelong love of helping others achieve their sailing dreams.  Now nearly thirty years later as we wait for our own window to open so we can head back out again we hope to share our experiences and passion with others.  My hope is that Boatyard Pirates will become a never ending book of knowledge for sailors new and old.  There are thousands outlets for finding your dream yacht but not a single one stop shop for high end salty pocket cruisers.  As of today we are still putting the pages together and don’t have a single listing but like the old saying goes, every journey begins with a single step.  From dock to hook please join us on our new journey, Boatyard Pirates.

“The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed.

Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can.

The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it’s a job.

Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.

I call the process of doing your art ‘the work.’ It’s possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that’s how you become a linchpin.

The job is not the work.” ~ Seth Godin,