|History of the Col. Lewis||This website details the story
of the wooden sailing boat recently dubbed the Colonel Lewis. It
is a carvel-planked sharpie built in the early 20th century (see
newly-found information under the "Artifacts" link!). The
last time this boat sailed was in 1979. I first began working on
salvaging it in 1987, but did not begin to work seriously on it until the
summer of 2006.
Follow the links on the side-bar on the left to find out more about this boat, to see pictures and video clips of the re-building process, and to check on the progress of the project!
UPDATE: June 2008
I may not be finished, but the boat's
been launched (see pictures below, and more details on the "Launching"
page)! I took her out for its first "real" sail yesterday (6/15)
in light winds and she handled great! She's light, fast, and responsive--I
can't wait to take her out in bigger and more steady wind! For now
I'm using a modified Bermuda rig (chopped and re-sewn to fit my gaff rig--see
pictures on the "Sails
and Rigging" page). I think it will be a good "storm" sail that
can be reefed down to a pretty tiny piece of sailcloth.....