Saturday, December 17, 2011
This is turning out to be a pivotal year for Doryman. Of course something is always going on around here and no one really knows what might happen.
You hear all the time about activities on the central Oregon coast and even the occasional foray to the Salish Sea. But what might happen if a link between the two were to open, like a portal to a new world?
A connection with some old friends dating back to the dark ages when Doryman was young, has turned up a jewel. What can the more savvy among us tell me about this vessel?.............
12/17/2011 Update: (Thank you for waiting patient reader, here is the story)...
It is a Stone Horse, designed by Sam Crocker and built in plywood.
My friend Scott Hauser is a boat builder who moved to Olympia, WA in 1982 from Eugene, OR as an employee of Sam Devlin, who moved his business to Olympia permanently at that time and is still there.
Scott is the builder of this boat and brought it to Olympia with him (under construction) almost thirty years ago.
He and I became acquainted through a loose knit group of sailor/builders who organized the first of the (still) longstanding Olympia Wooden Boat Festival.
Back then, several wood boat owners would gather from time to time in some private cove or on a beach to swap stories and Scott's boat was this same Stone Horse. I had an old Alaskan Bristol Bay gillnetter I'd restored and there were lots of great old boats that don't exist anymore.
Scott started his own eclectic boat building business (Hauser Boat Works) and ended up building quite few liveaboard boats and boathouses over the years. He had a strong influence on the design of my Mistral dory in 1990.
Scott redrew Sam Crocker's plans for the Stone Horse to be built in plywood and this is the result. When I found out Scott was selling his boat, I had to call. The timing was right - my interest in the Stone Horse has been recently highlighted, as you all know.
So, the connection to the Salish Sea will be this boat. The SV Belle Starr will be refurbished and moored somewhere on the southern Puget Sound, ready and waiting for the next Doryman adventure. She is a worthy and sound vessel.
A trip to Alaska is a possibility.