Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Catching Up

It's been awhile since I've added anything to the blog. So, here are a few updates...


Gardens of Fenwick sailing in Les Cheneaux Islands, Lake Huron, August, 2019:

September travels to Coupeville, Washignton, on Whidbey Island for a family reunion:

A short ferry ride from Coupeville took us to Port Townsend for the Wooden Boat Festival. Port Townsend from the ferry:

The Wooden Boat Festival was a lot of fun but since we didn't see everything we wanted to see, we decided we'll have to return next year.

Boarding Assist

Jan and I have recovered from multiple surgeries (me: two knees; Jan: two hips), but we both found it a bit awkward stepping on and off Gardens at the dock. Jan, teasingly, suggested a shower grip type handle to make it easier to get on and off the boat... Right... But then I got to thinking about a solution - and came up with this: A 1.25 diameter dowel; a through-deck hole, and a seat-top socket: aka, The Boarding Assist:

With a socket on each side of the boat, only one dowel is needed, and the dowel will stow in the cockpit while underway. Varnish on the dowel and the cap/plugs (for the through-deck holes when sailing) will close out this project.


A pleasant surprise for me was recently discovering this blog has viewed over 100,000 times! Thanks to everyone who has ever visited my ramblings.


  1. Hello Bob,

    Starting my own pathfinder project in Canada. Your blog is an amazing resource, thank you so much for doing this!


    1. Hello Aaron,

      Thank you. Glad to hear the blog is helpful. The content seems to be about fixing mistakes or the slow progress of an idea to a useful solution to a (mostly self-imposed) issue.

      Enjoy building and sailing your Pathfinder. It is a sweet boat.