Preview: Herstory Matters: the Spidsgatter Pax

Every wooden boat has a story…

The main character is usually the designer or her most famous owner. From there the story usually moves to objective details. Age, weight, height, shape, and all the equipment. Then come the pictures. Sound like

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When Pax arrived in Port Townsend I knew five things for sure about her. She was a curvy double-ender (ah, those pictures), 28’ feet long, built in 1936, and her owner was a man from Canada on his way to get an MFA. A tragic fire had burned ot her interior while she was in San Francisco Bay. But the pictures of her stern, her sheer, and her buxom beam overcame that little detail. She was gorgeous. The scars inside wouldn’t matter. After just one date we got married.

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    Raymond Morgan says:

    It is a heart felt and inspirational story. It brings home what many of us go through with the resurrection and restoration of a fine but neglected boat. Thank you so very much.

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      Thanks, Morgan. A few months after you wrote this post and a few years under both our keels since then… the story turned into a book! Copies available worldwide in all formats now, thanks to Adlard Coles in London. Gratitude all-around.

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    Eric Blake says:

    She is burned in my memory from my time spent on the west coast. What a sweetheart!!

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      It was a pleasure to meet you onboard, Eric… and what a world of fun we’ve had since then, eh? Look forward to seeing you in Maine this summer.

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    Larry Cheek says:

    Beautiful story, Kaci. And I hear a bright and perceptive writer’s voice in it, so I’m looking forward to your book, too.

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      Thank you Larry! That means so much coming from you. I’m getting closer! In Denmark right now. Have now met all the families from 1936-1962 here in Denmark. I think I see the end of the story.

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    Benjamin Mendlowitz says:

    Very nice Kacie, can’t wait to see the book.

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      I’ve just discovered this message, Ben. How much fun we’ve had since then! A book and lots of discussion about it. <3 Hope to see you in Maine this June.