Origin Story

Well, there used to be a blog. Then we had some tech issues, sold the boat, and voila, a new blog.

Below is a picture of the boat that was featured in the last blog:

Aquavit was a beautiful nordic Folkboat that we found in Astoria, OR in the fall of 2015. 2.5 years later, she had lots of bits and pieces replaced, we had honeymooned on her, and another opportunity came up and she moved on to another home.

Enter the Carol, a 24’4″ Chuck Paine designed cruising boat. I found her completely by chance on a late-night Craigslist or 48 North wooden boat searching spree, breaking up the mundane boredom of real life. I had no immediate plans for another boat, but these boats are exceptionally rare, the price was (barely) within a realm I could think about, and she’s almost a sister ship to Lissome, a Chuck Paine Frances (rumor has it that he names a lot of his plans after ex-girlfriends) that my parents sailed all over the place in the 80s, including to New Zealand and Australia. I grew up on that boat, which is a 1.5′ longer big sister to the Carol, and have always had a love for adorable, double-ended small cruising boats.

You can learn a whole lot more about the Carol on Chuck Paine’s website: https://www.chuckpaine.com/boats/24-double-ended-voyager-carol/

Our boat was built on Lasqueti Island in British Columbia and completed in 1982. There is another Carol floating around with similar details, also built in BC, that we expect may be a sister from the same builder.

The builder owned her until about 2013, when she was bought by a very nice couple on Lopez Island in the San Juans. She was kept in Fisherman Bay and daysailed some during the summer, and dry stored during the winter. She was named Spirit of Aurora, and looked like this when I first went up to see her:

My parents were nice enough to go up with an envelope of cash, did an out of water inspection, sealed the deal, and then spent a week sailing around the San Juans. This was followed by some excitement with a corroded thru-hull, best recounted over a beer.

As the first snows fell in 2018, my dad and I loaded up a large trailer with a welded cradle and headed up to rescue the boat from the yard. In the meantime, our forest business had a renter move out, opening up a barn where I could work on her, quite the upgrade from Aquavit’s jurry-rigged hoop house.

Spririt of Aurora being lifted in the snowy yard on Lopez. The lead in her keel, 47% of her total displacement, was making me very nervous with how far back the travel lift straps were. 

Loaded up and almost ready to go, very, very cold. 

And backing into the barn after the ferry ride and 4 hour drive from Anacortez south to Timber. What a relief to make it safe and sound. The only casualty of the drive was a fore-hatch that came off somewhere along the way (yikes).

Next up, the to-do list.

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