I’ve had this strange idea lately that I need another boat. One good for venturing farther and longer and under worse conditions, yet still capable of being kept at home.
The stranger thing though, is that the more I look at my crush list, the more I see images of other things. In some cases the designers themselves came up with names of what the boat looks like, in other cases, the image came to me as if in a dream.
Jewell is a pocket cruiser by Francois Vivier ( vivierboats.com). Absolutely charming and looking like a good sailor, something about the cabin on it reminds me of a submarine (warhistoryonline.com).
A slippery, slimy eel (nationalgeographic.com) does look a tiny bit like John Garden’s Eel sailboat (dory-man.blogspot.com). I had the chance to buy this boat a few years ago and now I have minor regrets about passing it up.
The Norwalk Island Sharpie looks really practical, if not a little boxy (pic from John H.) and if form follows function, it definitely says VW bus (www.mecum.com).
My Arctic tern boat (pic from Dale S.) and the actual Arctic tern (nationalgeographic.com) are pretty slight compared to other birds and boats, yet both make epic journeys. The bird probably more than the boat, since it is know as one of the longest migrators in the bird kingdom, but who’s counting?
The last boat on my mind is the Chebacco. Depending on the construction they look pretty sleek or kinda like a loafer. (Photo borrowed from NW School of Wooden Boat Building.)
No matter what, all these boats have the juice to take me way out there and I can hardly wait.