View Full Version : A dry berth

Cullen T.M. McGough
01-23-2006, 09:21 PM
I used to think I was a half-decent pirate, but the girlfriend has proven herself to be the most vicious, cut-throat, blackhearted pillow-and-comforter thief yet to sail these waters.

I tried everything. Threats. Curses. Tears. Switching to fiberglass.

Nothing helped. Then one morning as the waves of sleep receded, I was left beached, marooned, cast away, left dead and dry without a single blanket to my name. As the Sun's feeble rays finally broached the horizon and graced my shivering carcass with enough warmth to struggle out of my cataleptic stupor, I was struck with the the weight of a mighty idea.

"By Gar!" sez I. "She's only a wee little thing after all. I'll just up the breadth and beam of this here vessel. With enough freeboard and a solid deck, I'll never fear a cold rough sea again!"

Scouting around the "not likely in this lifetime" pile of side projects, my eye chanced across a matched set of 14' spruce spars left over from some derelict day craft.

"Tis' the very thing," I muttered, taking a long pull from my trusty flask.

Long after the flask went dry, but before the sun came up, I stood back to get a few pictures before assuming command of my new vessel.



The dark vertical stripes are the bronze sail track.

The horizontals of the frame are spruce booms, and the posts are 2 masts cut in half. At the head of the bed, the frame is actually joined by the gooseneck.

Still lots of old hardware on here. These are the blocks for the shrouds and forestay.

Heck, I might even paint the sucker in the spring.


[ 01-23-2006, 11:11 PM: Message edited by: Cullen T.M. McGough ]

J. Dillon
01-23-2006, 11:09 PM

01-24-2006, 10:10 AM
A true square-rigger!

Thad Van Gilder
01-24-2006, 02:11 PM
HMMM, I coulda used that gooseneck!!!!!!!!!!!!!


01-24-2006, 04:39 PM
With all the blocks and cleats left on the craft,
I am sure you could rig some sort of system to give you a mechanical advantage in pulling the comforter back to your side!

01-25-2006, 09:28 PM
ARRRRHH!! Time to hoist the petard!

Dave Hadfield
01-26-2006, 10:04 AM
Ahhh... those blocks on the bedposts might give some people funny ideas....

01-26-2006, 10:30 AM
Hughman, one does not hoist a petard. If you are unlucky enough to have a faulty fuse, you may be hoisted by your own petard.

landlocked sailor
01-27-2006, 11:08 AM
This is a thinly disguised gronicle thread if I ever saw one! Rick tongue.gif

01-28-2006, 09:32 PM
Originally posted by ahp:
Hughman, one does not hoist a petard. If you are unlucky enough to have a faulty fuse, you may be hoisted by your own petard.Guess it bombed, eh?