Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sucia Island Rendezvous, Part I

Tired but happy is the prevailing mood in Doryman's home port. After a week of living in a small boat, it's good to be here.

The Chebacco Full Gallop was the vessel for this intrepid adventure and as good fortune would have it, among the various and adventuresome craft in attendance for the Sucia Island Small Boat Rendezvous this year, were no less than three owner built Chebacco.

More on the Rendezvous later.

Full Gallop
is an incredibly able little yacht. In all kinds of conditions, she never shipped a drop of water or showed the least sign of indecisiveness. A very well founded, seaworthy boat.

Early in the voyage she suffered the parting of the mainsail throat halyard strop; with gaff throat, block and halyard crashing to the deck, but repairs in port salvaged the trip with little fanfare.

Skipper Chuck took all this (and much more) in stride. His good humor drives his boat as effectively as the wind and weather and there was never a dull moment. It was a privilege to share the cockpit with such a sailor.

The verdict is in -- the Chebacco is well worth considering for anyone wanting a safe, secure and all around attractive daysailer or gunkholing camper. Possibly Phil Bolger's finest creation. She attracted admiration everywhere she went and got there in style.

A BIG little boat.

How often do you see (or hear) a Scottish piper practicing while single handing on a fine summer afternoon? This is Jamie in his Chebacco, Wayward Lass. Motoring with the wind on the nose. Jamie is very reluctant to take his sails down, but obviously creatively able to entertain himself!

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