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Step aboard the gaff yawl SHANTY and meet her octogenarian skipper, who built her with his wife while living on one of New Zealand’s beautiful islands.

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44 Responses So Far to “SHANTY, a Proper Little Boat

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    John Dussia says:

    Great video, the boat and the builder are really special, I like his attitude,” I like to have little bits of string to pull”, that’s a line I’ll remember forever it’s the reason I sail, I like it too.

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    John Swansey says:

    Exquisitely beautiful boat, love the way she moves through the water in that last shot. Really great story, and profile of a man who seems to be having an enviable life, and is as far into boats as it is possible to be. Thanks for bringing this to us. Bravo!

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    Ryan Woofenden says:

    I think this is my favorite boat and video here on OCH, what a gem of a boat and a fantastic story! Captures the essence of sailing and the magic of wooden boats. Simply, safe, and sweet.

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    Peter Willcox says:

    Jim was a well respected Greenpeace skipper for a few years. I met him at Mururoa in 1985 when he was on the Breeze. I am glad to see he is still sailing.

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    David Hatfield says:

    Great Video, just ordered David McIntosh’s book!

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    Stewart Simpkins says:

    This video, SHANTY, a Proper Little Boat, is one of the examples of what keeps me around and smiling. The boat and the two guys are very nice.

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    George Hill says:

    A raised deck makes so much sense in a small boat, and the execution of this particular one is about the nicest I’ve ever seen.

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    david bond says:

    How would a fella get plans for that boat?

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    Peter Gossell says:

    Great video, Thanks Maynard. I also love Bud McIntosh’s book and his Yankee understatement, oh that it was more common today!

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    Gerrard O'Leary says:

    Agreed; a really nicely told story of a beautiful little boat, it’s builder/sailor and you just cant beat the very lovely Bay of Islands sailing waters! Cheers

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    Donald Lindsay says:

    It might be interesting for readers to have some background about the builder and an idea of his age while he was building. It could put into perspective what is possible. I sailed with Jim in 1987 or 88. He was a brilliant celestial navigator, good officer and shipmate always encouraging less politics and bullshit aboard, just an all-round great guy. Jim had the experience and confidence to be totally at ease sharing freely his considerable skills and knowledge.

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    Robert Von zuben says:

    great video gang, love the story and the visuals as well, I just love how the story evolves much the boat itself a great fit . well done to both OCH and builder/owner

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    Robert Mckeown says:

    Just beautiful! And that fellow is an inspiration! Great video!

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    Donald Jones says:

    Usually, its 12 hours of work for 2 hours of sailing and for this old gent its now 10 hours of work for 3 hours of elegant sailing, because he doesn’t have to service that fool engine.

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    edward demarco says:

    a lovely boat…in lovely surroundings…

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    Graham Churchley says:

    This is definitely one of my favorite videos on OCH, I loved the old guy’s attitude and story. I could just keep watching that final shot of this beautiful boat sailing away in a moderate breeze…

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    Robin Hilliard says:

    Lovely boat :-). Can’t believe I missed you when you were there, first time in BoI – our charter yacht could have been in the background of any of these shots.

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    tom laverty says:

    I think he said the planking was Kauri Pine, I thought no one can get that lumber for a decade or two. He must have his sources!!!
    I really enjoyed that, but would have like to have seen down below,
    Thanks keep more coming

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    Danny Doyle says:

    Great story, was lucky enough to do the same in Tasmania, not to that scale but a lovely Huon and King Billy Pine sailboat nonetheless. Keep the stories coming.

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    Bruce Cresser says:

    Wow what a sweet boat, and I love that it depends on sail and not some stinky engine.

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    Stop it… that is so good it hurts to watch I reckon.

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    Lorell Gienow says:

    Thanks for this……….beautiful, inspirational story about a resourceful couple and the creation and use of their lovely ship.

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    John Wujack says:

    Beautiful boat and video. Another OCH Home Run. Thanks.

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    Terry Smith says:

    “I feel it’s fun to have lots of strings to pull . . .” when answering Maynard’s question: “No engine?”

    It’s a cloudy, drizzling spring morning here in New Hampshire (where the ice on the Big Lake has been out a little over two weeks). OCH whisks me away to NZ and takes me for a sunny sail on a boat designed and built by a couple who really knows their stuff. Shanty barely leaves a ripple in her wake as she glides along. She’s got lots of “strings” to trim a collection of sails that (proportional to her size) seem to qualify for a ‘Big Ship” parade.

    Keep it up, OCH. Please — more of these wonderful glimpses you give us through a perfect choice of subject and your outstanding production values.

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    Stephen L. Clark says:

    As a 72 year old you guys show me it’s possible to do what I love into later life. Thanks Maynard. Steve

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    “I’m not about trying to make it easier.” Loved that quote and how, in context of discussing no engine, his irony stokes my soul’s longing for simplicity–craving his serenity. They’ve built a gem of a boat, life, love. Look forward to Maynard’s next find. Beautiful story, wonderfully crafted OCH!

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    Ginny Jones says:

    Really special — very inspirational. A great boat, a great story, great participants and a gorgeous location. Keep on sailing!

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    Stuart Wright says:

    She’s a little beauty. The builder/skipper is a real ‘old salt’. Wonderful tale. Thank you OCH.

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    suzan says:

    Wow, what a little beauty! Great story of a sailor’s passion, a true love story between a man, a woman and a boat. I think that piece of the sea inspires such things~ _/)

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    Douglas Wilkin says:

    Just marvelous. In every way. The boat, the men, the film. What a treasure.

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    William McCaffrey says:

    Absolutely love self built boats! Proves that there are still good craftsmen among us that aren’t afraid to use their own hands. God bless boat builders and other fine craftsmen!

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    Dan Bouchard says:

    That parting shot! Wonderful, did you guys get a drone? I don’t know if I’m totally UTD with the videos, but that looked like a new trick… awesome!

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        John Stevenson says:

        Great video! The last shot WAS very sweet. Please tell us more, Steve.

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    Morgan says:

    That was a lovely slice of a sailors life. Thank you. Got to get that book.

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    Bill Simmons says:

    I’m just glad to know that guys like this still exist. Wife played a large part, too.

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    Ben Vette says:

    Thanks for that Maynard , it shows boating keeps you fit and active .
    Great video.

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    Norman NOLAN says:

    How do you guys find these inspirational people and their boats? Life wasn’t meant to be that easy! Great story.

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    Vernon Powell says:

    A lovely little wooden boat. NZ. Keeping it simple and most of all, living life. I hope I’m doing the same at that stage of life. Thanks Maynard


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