We have purchased a Tartan 27, Hull #136, and  will chronicle her restoration and subsequent adventures.  After a career restoring custom yachts we look forward to a simple “vintage” restoration on a classic yacht of our own.  It will take many months and probably years as we work in our spare time.  Because small business owners and parents have so much of that.  We hope you enjoy seeing our progress.


Slow walk, New plan

The good news is we had a busy year. The bad news is that when you work 6 days a week on customer boats you don’t work on your own. So The plan is whenever posible Friday’s are reserved for Damsel. The last few Fridays have been productive in further cleaning. Putting parts in storage …


I grew up sailing in Michigan and wanted to work on boats. My grand father owned a Rhodes Bounty and my father and his brothers grew up racing and cruising her on the Great Lakes.  After three decades on the water, the original DAMSEL was sold just before I was born.  DAMSEL loomed large over my child hood and during collage I summered in Jamestown Rhode Island and discovered the professional side of yachting.  My first Job was on the Alden schooner Malabar X and that led to a long career running, repairing, and restoring sail and power boats.  A great deal of travel has just barely taken the edge off my wander lust.  I love having our home in Stuart Fl.  That is where my heart is.  But we want to explore the islands around us and our sweet Compac 19 DAMSEL IV is not quite as roomy as we would like.