For those of you who are subscribers and actually read this – I am not going to proclaim that I’m Baaaaaack! Honestly, with my time constraints and extracurricular activities I should have known better but I still allowed this blog to become a project; I truly did not need another one of those. It has […]
WHY INCLUDE A SAILBOAT, YOU MAY ASK...
Presenting my work as a preservationist and urban planner would be incomplete if I did not share this project.
Dreamboat is a 21’, 1971 Clipper Marine sailboat that I personally rehabbed over the course of 5 years. My commitment to the project was to undertake all of the work myself by learning through books and mentors, and to incur zero debt on the project. I was successful.
Dreamboat enables me to explore the natural environment that my beautiful home state of Florida has to offer. I am able to observe firsthand the effects of pollution, sea level rise, and other environmental impacts. I also have the extreme fortune to explore historic waterfront communities throughout the state from a different perspective – by approaching them from the water, not land. With Dreamboat, I am able to expand my skills as an urban planner and preservationist to provide a unique perspective of the communities I visit.
Please enjoy the blog posts below, which share my love of sailing and rehab of Dreamboat.
I spent some more time sanding today. So far the v-berth area is prepped and ready for gel coat as well as the inside of the hatches. The small hatches in the v-berth area were cut today and I’m really excited because that means final gel coat can be applied soon. Things are looking great! […]
I’m so excited to have found a product that works great at removing all of the layers of silicone/epoxy/caulk. The windows should be ready for paint and primer by Friday. I had new 1/4″ lexan cut, using the old plexiglass as a template. It will be great to see clearly out of the windows soon! […]
I was able to make it out to the shop yesterday for a few hours. It’s been awhile and it was so nice to see her. I scheduled vacation time last week and planned to work on the boat 3-4 days but unfortunately I became very sick and was in bed for the better part […]
One of the things I love about overnighting on an island is sitting around a campfire and experimenting with music. I call it experimenting because admittedly I’m not accomplished in this area by any stretch of the imagination. I still love it though. So far my inventory of boat instruments includes 2 Remo paddle drums, […]
I am so excited about working at the shop tomorrow afternoon. I am bringing over all the boat items that have been in storage. This means that the completion of the interior build out and finish work is right around the corner. This week Mark sent me a text alluding to a top secret special […]
I’m back to the blog after many months away. Sometimes life just gets in the way of all the things we want to do, doesn’t it? The good news is I am still working on the boat. I have made great progress and she is becoming a head turner. I have many journal entries I […]
I’m going to have to ramp up work trades with Mark as I now officially owe him big time! When I arrived to the shop he had already cut back the bow box, removed the existing foam box, chiseled out the deteriorated wood backing for the eye hook, and was staging the bulkheads for the […]
I took PTO today and intended to work on the boat for at least 8 hours. Unfortunately, I woke up with my allergies in full gear and it took forever to get out of bed. Since I was congested and foggy feeling I decided that perhaps being around fiberglass and sawdust was not a good […]
Today was quite the productive day. It started out with a 13.5 mile bike ride with Mark. I guess knowing that we would working in close quarters all day and squatting in the boat inspired us to move our bodies. The ride was amazing and it wasn’t really all that hot, considering it is July […]