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SOLD — 1986 Pearson 303


Shearwater in her slip
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Our 1986 Pearson 303 sailboat, Shearwater, is officially up for sale has now been sold, and can be viewed in person down at Norton Yachts in Deltaville, Virginia — the same place where we originally purchased her back in 2011.  If you’re interested, please contact the broker, Mike Lynch , toll-free at (888) 720-4306.

Shearwater is a very comfortable sailboat for two adults, though she can sleep at least five adults in berths — or as many as seven people if they’re real comfortable with one another or small/thin in stature.  She has a new air conditioning / heating unit mounted under the forward v-berth, which works beautifully during both the summer and winter months (it operates very much like a heat pump).  The propane range is efficient and can cook full-sized meals, which we have enjoyed many times.  The Air Head composting toilet does not require a holding tank and is completely odor free (we used it for five years in the Chesapeake Bay area and never had any issues with it).  The inboard 16 hp Yanmar diesel is super clean and has always worked flawlessly for us.  She also has a level of craftsmanship and extensive teak woodwork that is rarely seen on new boats today, and looks excellent for a small vessel that was built over three decades ago.

You can read all of our adventures with her here. Continue Reading →

One Last Sunrise


Sunrise at the marina
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

By the time you read this, we will be underway — moving our Pearson 303 down to Deltaville, Virginia.  After six wonderful years with Shearwater, it’s time for someone else to enjoy her; so once we get her moved, she’s going on the market. Continue Reading →

She’s Ours

Our Shearwater at rest -- Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Our Shearwater at rest — Ridge, Maryland (August 2015)
Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Memorial Day

Old Glory -- Ridge, Maryland (May 2014)iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

Old Glory — Ridge, Maryland (May 2014)
iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

A New Day

Shearwater -- Ridge, Maryland (May 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Shearwater — Ridge, Maryland (May 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Back Into The Wet

Shearwater being relaunched -- Ridge, Maryland (May 2014)iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

Shearwater being relaunched — Ridge, Maryland (May 2014)
iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

Bottom work is completed


We finally have the bottom completed on our sailboat — the project-from-hell that’s now in its 13th month. Continue Reading →

Gel Coat is going on


My never-ending project this year.

All of the paint has now been laboriously removed, the bottom thoroughly washed, cleaned where needed with denatured alcohol, and the first round of gel coat repairs has been completed.  We were hoping to get a second coat of gel coat on the repairs yesterday, but a real gully washer came through and put an end to our efforts.

Note: these pix were taken before we began to apply the gel coat repairs. Continue Reading →

Crepuscular light


From very early last Sunday, while we were down at the marina.

Sisyphean project


This has been my never-ending-project-from-hell; what was started back in early November still isn’t fully completed.  I initially figured that completely stripping the bottom paint off Shearwater and redoing it from scratch would be a one or two month-long series-of-weekends process.  But life intervened — family, work, medical, and otherwise — all conspired to push the finish point further and further to the right, and it has turned into one of the longest projects I’ve ever dealt with.  And I’d still be way behind schedule if it hadn’t been for some serious help from my friend Sean.  Many thanks, buddy! Continue Reading →