I wake up in my new quarter berth, the cussions are blood red like everything should be on a traditional sailboat. Bike ride down, hot coffee in hand and a ciggi, which I hate more than anything, I will quit sooner rather than later. The boat is clean and tidy, I have a special guest coming from Halifax Nova Scotia to play boat for the weekend, talk about van living and perhaps find a very special cutter to call her own. Today will be a day to measure and locate the perfect spot for my new boom gallows.
Mike anderson created this beautiful stern roller.
It lines up with the main sheet cleat which doubles as a chock and leads to the winch for kedging.
You won’t find anything in Sookie that can be had at your local West Marine or any other chandlery, each piece is unique to her.
The cleats, a gift for a friend, the bronze a gift for Sookie.
Boat jewelry is a very important part of outfitting and Sookie is bedazzled from bow to stern, adorned with love and living proof of why I have no breakfast.
Peice by piece every inch of her has or is in the process of being replaced, she’s been loved hard and hung up wet.
Unlike any other FC in the world, each piece fabricated for her, cast in clay her bases and elbows cooled from a molten bronze to shiney, salty art. The hands of a dozen of the worlds greatest shipwrites have touched this little girl and the never ending process continues.
ABI teak blocks are a perfect match for her new tiller.
Her new bowsprite is crowned with a bronze cranze iron, the mold made by Larry Pardey and casted by Port Townsend Foundry, they also made the bronze FC caps for her mooring bits and haws holes.
With each new piece and each new journey Sookie gets a little bigger and a little closer to her former glory. Her previous caretaker ken now sailing his BCC in Tahiti told me he regretted letting her go. Roger Olsen who built her and many of her sisters told me the Falmouth Cutter was his favorite of all boats and I have to agree
If you look closely you can see her stainless steel gammon iron also fabricated by Mike Anderson. These things can’t be rushed, not one single project on Sookie has been anything other than perfection, I figure another hundred grand to finish what I had drawn out five years ago and she is worth every penny, every hour and every cut and bruise that has gone into her. So I’ve missed a few meals to create my dreams, lived in ungodly places when the boat was in the shop and scrimped sacraficed and saved. I might not get to eat my Wheaties today but I can tell you with 100% convictions that sitting in my quater berth sipping on piping hot coffee without a care in the world, every single sacrafice has been well worth it.
Simplicity is the ultimate in sophistication.