|If there is one thing that I have learned while acquiring,
restoring and sailing my "new" Nordic Folkboat, it is that
it requires Patience. I went into this project gung-ho to blaze through
all her problems, fix things quickly and be sailing in a couple of
weeks. Was I foolish? Well not too foolish, but going a little bit
slower might have helped things out.
| My dad called me one day telling me that
a new issue of WoodenBoat Magazine
was out, and that there was a free Folkboat that sounded like it was
in good shape. I called the number listed but got an answering machine.
I decided that I was a fool for trying to get this boat, only because
nobody really gets the boats that are for free. Anyway later that
day I called back and left a message. I drove down to southern Vermont
for my classes, and didn't think much more of it. Well Later that
night Eben Whitcome left a message on my machine, and I called him
back. I went down early on Sunday to look at the boat, (it was located
in West Brook CT.) I wasn't really sure what to think. It was in pretty
good shape, but it also had some serious issues that needed fixing.
Eben was nice enough to let me think it over for the night, and I
called him back on Monday to tell him that I wanted it. I did quite
a bit of soul searching to reach this decision. At the time I was
just finishing my Masters degree, didn't have a job (still don't)
and my Girlfriend of 3 years was moving to Boston to start law school.
Not really the best time to acquire a boat that needed lots of work...
Being the kind of guy that likes a project I went with it though.
|The next week I went down with my very
good friend Tobey Coolidge and my dad
in a rented Chevy 2500 6.9 liter Turbo Diesel (we named it the Heavy
Chevy). It got 13 MPG on the way down unloaded, and 13 MPG on the
way back towing roughly 6000lbs. It was a long ride (around 350 miles)
and it turns out that the trailer didn't have any breaks. The Heavy
Chevy Kicked some real butt, and we didn't have too much of the Tail
Wagging the Dog.
Then next day we drove it to Point Bay Marine in Charlotte, Vt.
and had her lifted off. That started a long process of work and
more work. I was unemployed so apart from not having any Money,
it was a good time to work on a boat. I should have done less work
on the boat, and more time looking for a job, but live and learn.
I didn't detail much of the work that I did, but by looking at
the pictures you can see what needed to be done. Also reading the
ships log will give you some insight into what needs to still be
done. Plus there are some good stories that I will try to keep updated
once a week.
f you have any questions please feel free to email
me and ask. I would love to hear from other Folkboaters out there!