Hi folks… It’s been much too long. There was a lot of fun with Great Auk this year, including after that early summer trip from the last post. With luck, at a bare minimum there will be some postcard-style entries coming up, with a few photos and small stories. Sailing went on well into the fall, and at the end of October I took the boat around to Frenchman Bay, spent two separate gales in a couple of different sheltered spots, and then on November 1 the boat came out of the water in Sorrento, where it was built. Some work got done on it at the boatyard, and a few weeks later Great Auk went into the new shelter – which was our other summer/fall project – at the top of the driveway.
After the boat was snug, I was invited to do an interview about Great Auk, and some about Auklet, with Kevin Cardiff of the Junk Rig Association. What a pleasure that was. Our conversation happened over zoom, after which Kevin did a marvelous job of pulling out the most interesting bits, which he put together with some photos into this video. Enjoy!
Endless thanks to all – Kevin for the JRA video, and everybody who participated in the giant shelter project, as well as Mike Connors, who was in the truck backing the boat into that tight space.
* Note: the shelter project took place during that heavenly Covid-lull this past fall. With just about everybody fully vaccinated, it was such a pleasure to be outdoors, working together, without masks!
Martin Roberts said:
So good to hear and see you talking about your boats.
I love that you took the risk of the Triloboat and have proved it against all the nay sayers.
Nice to hear from you, Martin! Gotta say, the existing Triloboats, from Alaska to Nova Scotia to the Hudson River really helped, on the confidence levels. Though to my knowledge nobody has done this particular version. It’s been such a joy to find the boat capable of so much more than I would have thought, even with the big cabin.
Chubba Kane said:
Great Auk is a great craft, well designed and laid out for comfort and convenience. Its beauty is in its ability to go places most won’t even consider, but still buggy around the coast. I think as boaters realize the advantages of this craft, you will see more like it. Its an ideal “picnic” boat with comfortable cruising capability. A classic has been added to Gouldsboro Bay.
And so happy to be here, Chubba! I hope that something like this design does catch on. But of course right now I’ve got all that thin water to myself ;-)
Awesome, Awesome Interview accomplied with Nice Photos!
Thank you for sharing, Brian
Hey, thanks Brian! Really glad you enjoyed it.
Patricia Kirshner said:
i just watched your interview – so interesting!
What’s that beautiful bridge in the background of many of your photos. Is it a Calatrava bridge?
SOOOOOOooo here’s to a New year and hoping once again for the best! you were great in your interview – very articulate and so knowledgeable.
Hi Patty! Thanks so much for the nice feedback! Kevin, who did the interview, was so nice to talk with, and very relaxed – it was really a pleasure, and made it easy to remember how to hold a thought. Plus he gets all the credit for editing, picking out the best parts. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
The bridge is where Route one crosses the Penobscot River in Bucksport. It was designed by Figg Engineering, built in 2003. I never knew any of this – turns out there’s an observatory right up at the top of one of the towers, which the public can go up to in an elevator. Who knew!
Here’s to all good hopes for the new year!