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    Default Keyhavenpotterer has passed .

    I take it as my melancholy duty to tell the forum that my "invisible friend" Brian Pearson, who posted as Keyhavenpotterer has passed over. His wife Anne emailed me to say he died peacefully at home on the 24th of this month.

    RIP Brian, I valued your friendship.
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    A great loss of knowledge and passion to small boat sailors everywhere...

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    Sorry to hear this. Fair winds to him.
    "near it, a small whale-boat, painted red and blue, the delight of the king's old age."

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    He'll be missed--I'm sorry to hear it.

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    One of the good ones, my sympathies to his family.

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    Sympathies to all who knew and loved him.
    Another valued member of the WBF family we will miss.
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    He will be missed indeed. Best wishes to his friends and family... and thanks for sharing him with us. We are the richer for it.
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    The most sincere condolences.

    Peace,
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    Sad news indeed.
    "The enemies of reason have a certain blind look."
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    Default Re: Keyhavenpotterer has passed .

    crap i hate reading this

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    Damn......................

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    Rest in peace.
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    Brian had helped me for a couple of years. He never gave advice, but shared ideas, coached me and gave so much input along the way that I do name him as a co-developer.
    Fair winds to you, my dear friend, wherever you sail. I miss you dearly.
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    Very sorry to see this. Condolences to all who knew him.

    Rick

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    Best wishes to those who he left behind
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    This is more than sad, we`ve lost one of the best!

    Condolences to all of his Family.

    Alan.

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    The moon rises over my shoulder as I row
    And my beautiful straight wake
    Neither catches nor intersects the moon's path
    Moving on the water with me in a relative way
    Till I see the declination shifting as she rises,
    As I row, as our wake draws dappled out astern
    Until a zephyr dissipates that feint track
    Leaving the moon's path lying on the water,
    Occluded by fog,
    Not reaching the horizon;
    A promise not quite kept; a route to nowhere.
    Or perhaps that moon path is the only route home
    Into a cloud that holds no wake or trace
    And into which we will all someday sail.

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    Default Re: Keyhavenpotterer has passed .

    Sorry to hear this. He was a grat contributer and I always enjoyed reading his posts.

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    Sad. We lost a good one.
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    So sorry to hear about this. His voice will be missed.


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    That is unfortunate. Condolences to all who held him dear.
    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    Pax vobiscum
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    I have always known
    That at last I would
    Take this road, but yesterday
    I did not know that it would be today

    --Narihira, 9th century Japan

    Fair winds to him, and condolances to his family.

    Alex

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    Brian spent his own time helping me develop the lug mainsail for the Mariette pram. We are fortunate that some of his knowledge and ideas , and often humourous retort are still to be found on many various threads. He is and will be missed. Condolences to the family.

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    RIP Brian.
    Condolences to his family and friends.
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    Thank-you for all your kind words and thoughts. I put a reply in the bilge, but I shall post it here as not all venture below decks.

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...s-passed/page2


    After a year and a half battle involving surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy for a glioblastoma brain cancer, he fell asleep on Saturday then passed over the bar very peacefully on Monday evening in his home with his family at his bedside aged 66.


    Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, throughout his life his greatest love was dinghy sailing and later included mountain biking and recently open water swimming off the beach. He greatly enjoyed following threads on the Wooden boat forum, and it was a great comfort to him through his illness.

    He was a great father to me, and we were close, working together for a time, now with my mother, and working in he village I grew up in. I've lost my sailing partner and cycling buddy. We talked boats endlessly, and spent most of our lives buying, renovating and trying different designs going 50:50. Looking back i'm trying to remember when was the last sail, that last ride. I didn't realise at the time. Mum's lost her husband of nearly 50 years. I've lost my father and best mate.

    Dad was a racer, his chosen craft: the Lymington river Scow successfully winning 3-4 series on the trot. I know his favourite one, Miss Marta, he got to a Zen like state with it. I remember he just steered it small weight shifts. He was adament to dial out weather helm. I remeber his advice was to look for the second best place on the start line...so he could avoid the over crowding at the 'best place'. He always won his race on boat speed. Sailing all through winter ready for the season openers. I remember it caused some problems with friends sailing in the races so he sold it, but then bought a spare moulding of a lapstrake Keyhaven scow. These are regarded as slower, but he put a carbon rig on it, and I remember him gluing structural foam under the gunwale then glassing it in, so it twisted less. Made his own foils, I bought him a new sail and he went out and won again. His carbon mast was too floppy, even with kevlar braiding, but he found it enabled him to point higher as he could get the mast to bend away from the lug sail reducing turbulence. I remember his advice to tip the boat so the leach goes up and more horizontal to put the main area of the sail higher on a run where the wind was stronger.

    His keyhaven scow wasn't eligable for the national Lymington River Scow race, so he borrowed a friends unused boat one year and came second. At that level there are good sailors from Lymington who race hard. I remember him winning the Keyhaven to Newtown there and back race with a Laser stratos we had at the time.

    Looking back, we had the most fun together with this one...it had a big gennaker and a bulbed keel, like a Dix 15. I was helming and he played the genny. It was on the edge of too windy but the boat ran so fast down to Lymington, flying spray on the edge of control. I remember at the time the slight play in the the rudder was making it steer and just trying to keep the boat under the stick. It could point into the apparent wind that boat too.

    He also raced Wednesday evenings at Lymington with his long time friends as crew, again winning silverware. In this aspect we were different. I see the opposite shoreline and want to go over there with a crusing mentalilty to relax, whereas Dad was a 'round the cans guy. That's what made him pumped, and he'd thought about all the back eddies and tide flows he could. Constantly watching his tell tales, i didn't get much peace on the helm.

    He also enjoyed sailing canoes. The length to beam ratio and low designed displacement for the reduction in wetted area and wave making resistance. He loved his Solway Dory with outriggers amoung other sailing canoes that came by. He showed his friends with scows, and demonstrated they were faster but couldn't get them interested.

    My earliest sailing memory is sailing to Cherbourg from Lymington when I was about 8 perhaps. Dad worked for B&G who make yacht instruments and the MD had a Nic 38 that we and another family used to cross. He gave me a love of sailing, boat design, mountain bikes and F1.

    On the cycling side he had the n+1, willing to try new things. Loved his Moonlander, electric Kona Ute but his greatest love was his Salsa Fargo geared as a singlespeed. He was about to try 29+ with a Singular Rooster frameset...

    In his work life he spent the majority of his career at B&G instruments getting upto to Production Director. After working hard as a consultant it became harder to find good work as he got older and ended up working for me in my Veterinary practice then stopped a few years ago, so he had enjoyed his last years, early retirement being somewhat forced on him.

    I'm somewhat bereft, but feeling relief that he 's not struggling with his condition any more. I remember after surgery in recovery he wanted to talk about which trimaran would now be best. I started a Marples 10, but quickly saw he would be too weak to get in and out. A sailor to the end, out racing a Scow on the Solent was his happiest place.

    Given this internet age I've noticed there are a few photos on line which I might collate here.
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    He only ever raced with a cream sail so this is him in Lymington River Scow 365 that he borrowed getting his second.




    This one 249 Ula, his last one, a Keyhaven simulated clinker version he fitted out from mouldings with a carbon rig.






    His sailing canoe. He'd use this to go off down the Western Solent.




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    Enjoying his Bangor Packet






    Dad with an Oughtred Gannet.




    Checking out Sopranino at Cowes. That was good day.





    Enjoying his Surly Moonlander off Milford beach.



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    Thanks Edward. Some great pictures there. Good vibes to you as you navigate the future.

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    Thanks Edward, a really nice account, a healthy Father Son relationship. Those of us that followed Keyhavenpotterer knew some of the story, but you have. Put flesh on to the bones of the story.

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    So sorry! A man of reason and experience! -- Wade

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    sad news, Keyhaven's posts on the Lymington scows and Nautilus were treasure troves of information, the forum will be less for his loss.

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    I'm sorry to see this..
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    Sorry for your loss and his passing, Edward.
    He was a welcome presence here and I'll miss his voice.
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    Edward,

    There are those here that would give much to have had such a father.
    Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful portrait of yours.
    My condolences to you and your family.

    Peace,
    Robert

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