Louie's Sailboat in the Water

After many years, Louie’s sailboat, the Roy Fox, is in the water in the harbor just south of Fort Bragg. Junk-rigged sail. Louie just finished building the cabin and outfitting it for travel on the high seas. Framing is white oak; planking is lapstrake old-growth clear Douglas Fir attached with copper rivets. Deck is teak over marine plywood. It’s immaculate. Louie plans to sell it eventually. As we motored out of the harbor, another sailor on the dock called out, “Beautiful!”

Louie is going to sail it for a while, maybe down the coast to Mexico, then put it up for sale.

Louie and Lloyd at the gas station in Pt. Arena; photo at right makes you wonder about buying a used boat from this man.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Louie's Sailboat in the Water

  1. Saw Louie's boat on Craigslist. Planned on seeing it before this. Stopped by the marina in Fort Bragg today.
    Louie knows Pete and I , and Pete, up until he left this world , was a trimaran owner. I just sold the Corsair and am looking for a single hull sailboat I can call my own. Knowing what little I do about the boat, I am very interested in pursuing more info.
    Hope to talk to Lloyd. Hope you are well, Louie.
    Mary Beth

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