Date: 16 January 2015.
Guest author Stephen Wandling, soon to be on Sage II.
This piece is for
The Writer's Block.
It's penned by Stephen on Sage II. This inspiring vignette describes
a gent reentering the world of boating after life on dirt delayed
things by a few decades. I admire the folks who work toward and
achieve their dreams. If he can do it, so too can you.
I lived aboard a 28' cutter forty years ago, with my
girlfriend, dog and cat. After 4 years, I had a local boat-builder
build me "Sage", a beautiful 32' Harrison Butler designed wooden
cutter. It was the same design that my hero Peter Tangvald sailed
engineless around the world.
Captain Peter Tangvald's circumnavigation is
Peter said in his book
Sea Gypsy, "The
world is full of beautiful women, but there are very few great
boats." But, I forgot this when on launching Sage the girlfriend
said she didn't want to do the boat thing anymore, so I sold that
boat in the hopes I wouldn't lose her and she left anyway.
40 year hiatus began in my life on the water.
Next week, I'm having a Haida 26 trailered to where
I'm living, on the dirt, so I can do a bit of restoration and
improvements. She will be ample as a liveaboard if I choose to do
that, but I will make that decision after cruising here on the
British Columbia coast.
Wandling soon to be on S/V Sage II.
Side Note: Stephen's inspiration was Peter Tangvald and there
are two books available from Amazon by Captain Tangvald. For
those interested, here are the links:
By Peter Tangvald, written in 1966.
At Any Cost: Love, Life and Death at Sea
The final voyage of Peter
Additional Note from
Stephen Wandling: "As a 'teaser' for your
Amazon posting of Sea Gypsy, I can sort of recall a story he
He is in the Caribbean and
has a native girlfriend there. One day she gives him a small
gold earring and offers to put it into his ear. He accepts and
says something like "I will wear it always and think of you", or
some such. She says no you won't, you will take it out. In fact
I know exactly when you will take it out. Two weeks before you
The Writer's Block
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