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Charlene 10-Jun-2021 13:52
Hi Garry, I'm Rosebud's new owner. Sadly, she has a horizontal crack the length of her keel about a foot from the bottom. Can you tell me how her keel was constructed? Surveyor thinks a separate, bottom section may have been fabricated with her ballast, then bonded onto the keel stub; and that the seam between the two needs to be ground out, the lower section dropped, the mating surfaces cleaned and reglued, then the seam re-fiberglassed. Can you advise whether this is a two piece keel? thanks,
pacs22-May-2015 18:44
Beautiful galleries.
cafe18-May-2015 09:37
I really enjoyed wandering through your galleries. Congratulations.
tresse15-May-2015 16:52
You have beautiful pictures! Thank you!
Patrick Childress 27-Dec-2013 08:28
Hi Garry, Maybe you can help me with an accurate quote by Francis Chichester. It has been decades since I read Gypsy Moth Circles The World. When the double ender, Gypsy Moth, was first splashed, I beleive Chichester commented "Oh no, it's a rocker" as the boat sat there hobby-horsing. Is my memory correct on that quote.
Thanks for your help,
Patrick Childress
Randy Robert Hines 28-Sep-2013 12:12
How do we log in?
hannes 28-Oct-2011 10:31
hi Garry

I found in the net, that you built a birder2

how is your experience with this boat?? end-stability, speed, wave-surfing, etc

did you use it on rough water too???

regards from vienna/austria/europe
Ed Lange 20-Jul-2011 19:16
Just a note to thank you for your dinghy dolly design and photos. I built a 10' sailing/rowing dinghy and it's a mite too heavy for me to navigate on land. I'll build your design and I'm sure my back will thank you!
We've sailed thousands of miles, but all of it from Maryland to Maine. (except for charters, that is).
PS Your boat "Once Again" looks like a sailor's dream come true.
Hamish 21-Jun-2010 12:56
Hi Phil. I found a manual as well as a bunch of other documents for the starwind here:
Phil Harris 26-Mar-2008 20:19
i admire your lifestyle. Looks like you DO what I DREAM. Have had a Starwind 19 1984 for 2 years. Every day out is a challenge. First boat with no previous experience = playing it by ear to occasional detriment. Would really like to get my hands on an owner's/maintenance manual so I don't have to bother dudes like you on their blogs EVERY TIME something goes awry. Please email me back.
Garry19-Feb-2008 22:47
Sorry Peter - no ideas.
Peter Adamo 29-Jan-2008 04:09
Hi Gary,

I just purchased a sail boat which was made from the plans of Thomas C. Gillmer. The boat is called the Blue Moon and is 22'11". The man that made it was a Randy Hill from North Carolina. He make it all by hand and it is a beautiful sail boat. Can you tell me where I can find more information on this Gaff-Sloop.
Guest 08-Mar-2007 09:14
Thoroughly enjoyed your work. Thank you for sharing.
Guest 06-Feb-2007 14:12
Garry where in Ca. are you heading to?
James Diven 12-Sep-2006 02:35
I have enjoyed your postings here and on some of the other BB. I also own a AP36 and must replace the fuel tank. Could you e-mail me with some particulars such as; where exactly did you put the tank under the port seat? was it a Tempo tank, model TP18S? where did you put the new fill pipe? I have a temporary 6 gallon outboard tank that has worked well, but I need a permanant one. I know you are selling "Rosita" and I wish you well.
JD, s/v Dolphin, Ches Bay
Compass Marine How To07-Jun-2006 20:02

Great sailing gallery and pictures. Loved it..

Viceroy 04-May-2006 22:55
Avast, Gary: You have a brilliant site! We're landlocked in Calgary, Alberta but planning a move to Victoria, British Columbia and all the wonderful waters of Pacific Northwest. Despite the our current location, I've spent the last 6 years as a volunteer Power & Sail Squadron instructor teaching Safe Boating and Navigation courses and, with your permission, will use portions of your site in the classroom...OK? A Nauticat 331 (or similar)is in our future, hopefully to cruise again the waters I was brought up on. The pilothouse motorsailer selection is due to "wet-coast" weather as we intend to sail as often as time permits, throughout the year. Getting old and cranky in my dottage, firing up the iron jenny from a comfortable wheelhouse has an attraction over standing at an open helm in the winter. But note; PNW seasons other than winter will usually find us on deck in shorts and t-shirts. Again, excellent site. Cheers, Richard.
"If you want to sit on the beach and drink rum all gotta start first thing in the morning."
K Rushing 22-Apr-2006 20:51
Hi Gary, was also planning a trip to Key Lime sailing Club in June, but wonder about it after reading the negative Trip Advisor reviews regarding the dirty accomadations and boats in poor condition. Main interest is the use sailboat, but do not want to stay in a dump. Will be taking another couple along. Also have the same question as John Duran below. Your pictures were great. Thanks for any information.
conrad 18-Apr-2006 00:43
I was inquiring ab out your sailboat for sale awhile back and got very busy and lost your contact info but liked your site and had this in my favorites. If I can get your e-mail I'll give your some more info. I am a Cpt and work on a tourist schooner in Georgetown SC have a Flicka and am considering a larger vessel thanks conrad
Chef Greg 22-Mar-2006 04:47
I wish Rosita was closer so we could get a closer look at her, She looks beautiful in the photos. And you take awesome pics BTW. My wife and I are just starting to get into the shopping phase of our quest for the "perfect first boat" I know there is no such critter but an old salt told me when the boat talks to you when you're aboard...that's the one!!Anyway we live just north of Houston. We recently boarded an 76' Allied Mistress locally and I was in love. I am a chef by trade and the galley did me in and the rest just fell in place. The price was a little more than we were willing to bite and chew though (65K) but it's loaded to the gills. So now I cruise the net looking for other possibilites. I just moved from West Palm 5 yrs ago so a road trip would not be out of the question but I dont think we are ready for that just yet. At any case I just wanted to drop you a line and compliment you on your great photography.Get someone to mate and frame some of those and you've got a little cruizzing cash for a short trip.
Tim Harmon 13-Mar-2006 06:16
Hey Garry Tim here of Sailing vessel Luna Sea, my wife and I have done two seasons down in Mexico then beat it back up to San Francisco. She worked I worked on the boat and are on our way back down in Sept. Ran across your sire by searching Google Mexico sailboats, just looking around. Will look your site over and tell me where you are now days.
sv Luna Sea
Mark Gedonius 10-Jan-2006 17:00
I would appreciate your comments on sailing characteristics of the Pied Piper (good habits, bad habits, reefing/sail changes, motion comfort etc). I am looking at one that is for sale and having difficulty getting this info. Thanks!
Charles Cohen 04-Jan-2006 00:05
Garry --

You don't say who designed your nesting dinghy, or whether plans are available, or how long it took to build or how costly it was.

I have a Morgan 36 Out Island, and foredeck space is precious. I'm thinking about replacng my Avon inflatable, and a nesting dink has many attrations.

Please respond via e-mail. Nice website -- I-l have to check it out more carefully.

John Duran 19-Dec-2005 03:14
Gary, I'm planning a March vaction at Key Lime Sailing Club, in great part as a result of having read your chronicles of your stay there. I've been comparing your narrative with a map of Key Largo and am a bit mystified -- do the units and the dock face Buttonwood Sound or Tarpon Basin? I can't reconcile the site's stated 99.3 mile marker with your description. Given the rich detail you provided, I assume I am just misinterpreting the map.
Ahmet 08-Nov-2005 14:22
Hello Gary,
As Duncan states I also own a design 180 and have nearly the full drawing blue prints. According to the best of my knowledge design 180 is Aries, the wooden version of southern cross 31 both designed by Gillmer.
Duncan 22-Jun-2005 03:25
Hello Gary
I think I have a seawind 30 (31') but then again I'm not sure, the drawings say its a Design 180 double ended ketch
drawing set #23 naval architect Thomas C.Gillmer dated 9/12/57
I dont have a complete set of drawings or a complete boat come to think of it, but its getting that way.
any information would be welcome.
Jay Topping 09-May-2005 21:43
Hello Gary
I'm sailing a Starwind 19 and have been having adventures with mast raising. Prior owner advised attaching mainsheet to forestay attachment fiting and jib halyard and hoisting away-thereby the adventures, since the mast tends to sway about when almost down (or up) resulting in bent tabernacle and feeling likie I'm using the world's biggest fishing rod. Any advice? Jay topping
Dan Abicht 10-Mar-2005 04:35
Just thought you'd like to know that the poem, "THE WORRIED SKIPPER" WAS WRITTEN BY Wallace Irwin, a poet and playwrite, and journalist who was born in 1875, and died in 1959. He wrote quite a few other poems including "A NAUTICAL EXTRAVAGANCE".

Jack Tyler 12-Nov-2004 16:06
Garry, I noticed your post on the CW BB about PBase and very much appreciated it. I've been struggling a bit about what to do with an increasing number of web-placed articles on cruising Europe plus back in the Caribbean (some of which a generous friend is posting right now on his site) and I wasn't pleased with either choice: lean totally on someone else, or manage my own site while also cruising. This looks like a great, third alternative and not one I was aware thanks!

If there's anything I can help you with to return the favor, I'd be glad to. We've been thru most of the Caribbean and just finished a season up in Scandinavia, are wintering in London (again! what a wonderful experience...) and will soon be moving South towards the Iberian Pennisula. If any of those places are on your itinerary and you're shopping for guide, chart or other info, don't hesitate to contact me. We don't have many answers, but we have lots of 'options'.

Fergus Colman 30-Sep-2004 11:34
Hello !

Just a few words to say thank-you for allowing access to your survey of Rosita - and of course your excellent photos.

Best wishes,

Fergus Colman, Lanarkshire, (Clyde Yottie)
Richard Preston 08-Sep-2004 18:42
Hi Gary

Richard Preston here - I just found your web sit and looked at the Pirates festival pictures - What a great time.

Rosita is awsome. I move up to a new boat as well, Ahorita is a 1981 Flicka. I've been sailing on Lake Champlain. Hope we meet again