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Godfrey’s 12\′ Sailboat

Boat model is— ahem! — none other than a San Francisco Pelican, a lovely boat, one that once sailed from SF to the Farallone Islands. Godfrey’s removed the center board and rigged it up on the starboard side so he ‘ll have a roomy interior. He claims he can get 8 people inside. It’s got a sliding (curved) clear Lexan roof for rainy weather. It’ll have a junk rig. Godfrey has sailed around Vancouver Island several times, once in a homemade catamaran.

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When A Seal Jumped Onto Godfrey’s Sailboat

There are over 500 emails in my “Stephens” mailbox. Godfrey is a tumultuous stream of energy and output. Here’s a fragment from an email today, about the time a seal jumped on board his sailboat Mungo 1. (I don’t like to edit Godfrey’s stream of words.)

This Cutie came aboard in 1982

Dana point where I anchored s/v MUNGO 1 for the night

Please note sail is up and pulling

She left just off the Scripps institute

after a few failed attempts at boarding

a Long torpedo toward the boat

and Ou out of the Sea bang this Creature landed on the Steel Deck

and eventually flopped up to bask on the starbd fore deck

sailing along at a few knots toward San Diego

I could feel the heart beat of this animal throughout t he hull

an empty ness was felt when She slipped over the side and vanished…

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Godfrey Stephens’ New 12\′ Pelican Sailboat

Godfrey sold his 39′ junk-rigged steel sailboat and has down-scaled. I stopped by his place in Victoria yesterday on my way north on Vancouver Island and saw the work-in-progress. It’s a total delight. Surprisingly spacious inside; he removed the centerboard (it’s mounted on the side). He’s got a sliding Lexan roof some can stay dry while sailing in the rain. Tiny stainless stove he welded up. All his carpentry is sculptural — the structural pieces look like bones. More (much more) on Godfrey to follow.

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Boats in Harbor

Check out orange escape boat on rear of tanker. Vawoom!

Giant tug boat. Cost $15 million each. (There are 4 of them.) For pushing oil tankers into dock:

BC ferry in dry dock:

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Out in Harbor On Old Tugboat Today

Through my BC publicity angel Kim Herter, I got a tour (+ lunch) of the harbor in West Vancouver on Drew and Deb McVittie’s 60-foot “steel coastal tug” today. Drew bought the tug (built in 1962) in 1997 and has been working on it since. It was an amazing couple of hours: the boat and all the work Drew has done on it, including installing a new engine, and all the activity and boats in the water and at dock. Piles of salt, sulfur, and wood chips; grain and oil tankers; lumber. Tugboats of varying sizes all over.

  They love the boat and it shows. “She’s a real sweetheart,” says Drew. “She’s just so much fun.” I’ll post a few photos when I get time. Jeez, am I loaded with “content.”

  After the boat ride, Kim and I went into downtown Vancouver, where I did a half-hour interview on the tiny homes book with Sheryl Mackay for CBC radio. It will air next weekend on the show North by Northwest..

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Coyote in Field

Yesterday I drove up to Bodega Bay to meet my friend Louie and to see the “tall ships’ anchored there. I’ll post photos as soon as I get time. I got a latte for the road at Toby’s in Pt.Reyes Station (my vote for best baristas in Marin County) and as I was leaving, Al Green’s song “Tired of Being Alone” came and I couldn’t leave, it sounded so good ( Sat there on a bench with my coffee in the morning sun.

   Back on the road, this coyote was loping across a field,

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