Last year’s calendar has been taken down and tossed on the pile in the corner of my office, stirring up a poof of dust. I sneeze. The pile is over five inches tall. I honestly believe that someday I will go back through the pile of calendars to enjoy the eye candy. But I never have. It is as if the images have been depleted, sucked dry of any vitality they may have once had. (Is it because I looked at the image every day for month? I think not.) In the same room I have an 1800s painting of a sailboat on a lake. Every day I look at the painting and fantasize about sailing up the lake towards the distant mountains, or down the lake to beach the boat on the grassy patch near me. If anything, the fantasies become more complex and more enjoyable. I am master of that boat.
Maybe one clue to my hesitancy to opening the old calendars is that the large, old boats stir up memories of dreams I had 55 years ago in which I was the master of a large schooner in the South Pacific. Fortunately or not, these fantasies have crumbled into the dust of time.
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POTTER WITH A LATEEN RIG?
Our editor-at-large Larry Brown is 75 now…an increasingly ancient mariner. He’s sailed various Potters since the early 1990s.
Reborn as a Camp-Cruiser
The Joy of it All
Choosing a Boat Design
Sitting hove-to in 30 knots of wind was not how I anticipated spending my opening day.
RECONSIDERING ROSIE'S RIG
It was a typical hot Mississippi day when I walked into the Ocean Springs Yacht Club to cool off. I had just spent two hours bent in half while working inside the cabin of my West Wight Potter 15. I was stiff and drenched in sweat but feeling proud of myself. I had just turned Rosie into a lateen-rigged catboat.
When we were kids, we had a cocker spaniel aboard during summer cruises. The dog apparently had a massive bladder, but we kids were happy to row her ashore when nature called. We thought boating with a pet was terrific…but did our folks have a voice in the matter?
Some fiberglass boats, like Boston Whaler skiffs and MacGregor power-sailers, are built with integral flotation foam between the inner and outer laminations. Roger MacGregor was willing to flood his water-ballasted boats just to prove that they would not sink—and you can still find his old sales videos if you want to see for yourself. (youtube.com/ watch?v=hemNdJmzQBo)
MAKING THE SWITCH
Following are some methods for adding a Lateen rig to a Potter 15. Most of the photos are of my boat, but some clever ideas from others are included as well.
FIVE QUESTIONS: Richard Woods
Sailing experience with Richard Woods
Core Sound Cruising
Hmmm. I’m in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a nifty camp-cruiser sailboat on a trailer. I have a daughter on a sailing lake in Michigan, and another daughter on Long Island Sound in Connecticut.