On the way to the shop I stopped at Gander Mountain and bought two Rubbermaid coolers. I will place these underneath the cockpit step on the interior and there will be one for each side of the keel trunk. The coolers will serve as a step into the cabin. The cooler design is split top, […]
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.
Tonight the boat was relocated to a fiberglass shop for it’s makeover. I am friends with the owner and we have worked out some trades which allow me access to the tools and space. I am extremely greatful, as the level of rehabilitation I plan to take on would be very difficult without this opportunity. Since the […]
The theme of my life lately seems to be cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning. I had a leisurely morning and worked indoors, taking advantage of air conditioning for a change in this boat project. I spent the morning washing lines I had removed from the sails last night. So far I have had luck washing […]
I took some vacation time and went to a friend’s beach house in Anna Maria Island. It was so breathtakingly beautiful and has me even more inspired about the boat. The sandy beach was almost white, and the water is so clear and turquoise it’s like being in the Caribbean. The environment is exactly the […]
Today I was finally able to rent a pressure washer for a reasonable price at Ace Hardware. Before heading out to the boat I checked my mailbox and was thrilled to find that the brass gauges that I ordered on EBay had arrived, and I love them! The work day definitely started out great. I […]
The skies finally cleared around 3PM today, after days and days of rain due to Tropical Storm Debby. I was chomping at the bit to get work done on the boat and I was so excited that I left work at 5PM like my bottom was on fire. I went home, changed, walked Baxter and went straight to […]
I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of a torrential downpour. Hurricane season has started in full force this year. I immediately had the thought that the air mattress that’s covering the opening where the hatch is missing may fill with water then collapse into the boat, thereby putting all […]
I have the greatest friends ever. Matt gave me this gorgeous brass hardware yesterday afternoon. I am going to use it on the inside of my boat. The outside will be shiny stainless steel and the interior will have a 1940s vintage appearance, which will be dictated in large part by this hardware. I am […]
Hello everyone! I have just purchased a 1971 Clipper Marine 21′ sailboat, that I have not yet named. I am considering Belle Vie (French for “Beautiful Life”). Admittedly, though I owned a sailboat for 6 years (a 2004 West Wight Potter 19′ named Ankerdram) I am actually quite the novice. I am excited to embark upon a […]