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08-06-2018 03:55 AM

Ok, so for years now my signature has been a reference (somewhat derogatory) to fibreglass boats and fibreglass trees. Well ….. this spring I finally just got too old and creaky to continue to enjoy sailing a 21’ boat, no matter how lovely she was, so my beloved Friendship was passed on to her next caretaker and I took ownership of a much larger, more comfortable ... and yes, fibreglass replacement.
My new boat is a Nonsuch 30 Ultra (look it up) and it represents a big step up in luxury from my spartan accommodations aboard Friendship but can still be sailed single handed. I’ve been working on her for a couple of months now and have her in just about the shape I want. Now for some luxury sailing …..

... and a new signature line

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 04:06 AM

Looking good Paul. May you always have wind at your back!

My sailing has been limited to a windless week on one of the SALTS boats. Had a blast even if we never really sailed.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#2 posted 08-06-2018 04:21 AM

Nice! Finally you will be able to stand up and stretch? 23 or 27 hp?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 08-06-2018 04:29 AM

Just barely Andre, in sock feet. She has 6’3” headroom. I used to be 6’4” but somehow I fit ??? :-)

Westerbeke 33. The standard in 1984 was a W27 but this one got the big mill.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 08-06-2018 04:46 AM

We’ll also miss Friendship being out on the water with you, etc.

Looking forward to seeing a New report showing the Luxury insides/outsides of the New Boat! Features it has that Friendship didn’t have?

I was not aware that Friendship required a lot of work to sail; I’m not a sailor…

I’m wondering what features, etc. that the New boat has to make it easier to sail vs Friendship… if you can w/o writing a book, etc. :)

As we get older, what we want to do is NOT always what we Can do and we have to adjust accordingly…

Have a great Life with your new toy! ... and thank you for sharing it with us… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 08-06-2018 04:54 AM

That’s an excellent new tagline. I have a collection of them. I seem to have forgotten about them til just now.
One example:
If you can’t make both ends meet….
make one end vegetables

-- Mark

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#6 posted 08-06-2018 05:13 AM

Friendship wasn’t that hard to sail Joe, she was just getting too small. I’m not as flexible as I once was and my old bones crave a little more comfort and room to move around.
The new one isn’t so much easier to sail as much larger and not a lot harder to sail.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 08-06-2018 05:30 AM

Looks like a very nice boat Paul,
interesting how far forward the main mast is!

Looks like many hours of quiet and relaxing sailing coming up!

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 08-06-2018 05:43 AM


You’re still the Shipwright. When I went to the doctor for my physical I was confused about my height as reported asked them to redo it. Damn my pants legs are longer.

Enjoy your ride.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 08-06-2018 05:54 AM

Looks great Paul.
Does this mean that any Marquetry embellishments will be done in fiberglass? ;)
I hope that you will have many years of pleasure with the new boat.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 08-06-2018 06:20 AM

Enjoy your new boat Paul, despite he isn’t from wood.


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#11 posted 08-06-2018 07:44 AM


-- Madburg WA

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#12 posted 08-06-2018 10:22 AM

Nice boat. I did get a chuckle a few times about the fiberglass tree comment as I put the fiberglass fishing boat in the water…. We need some inside pictures….

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#13 posted 08-06-2018 10:22 AM

I would think there was a tear or two at two times. First at finally making that decision and then walking away from the sale with the money. A very hard thing to do when you made such a Jewel. Congrats on both. Enjoy Sailing for the fun of it, hope to see more projects also.
thanks for the Arizona garage comments they were a help, getting there ( selling tools is a bummer )

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#14 posted 08-06-2018 10:37 AM

Things change and as we get older we have to make adjustments. I’m still looking for the time for me to come to school with you.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#15 posted 08-06-2018 11:08 AM

Having built my own boat. I think I know how hard it was to give up Friendship. I dread the day when I am not able to launch and maintain Big Brother. I feel your loss. But I am happy you have found another way to stay on the water. Good sailing, keep the wind in your sails and the salt water smells in the air.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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