Another Birthday

So Dena had another birthday yesterday and we went all out. We rented a car and took off north in the snow to check out our local environs and soak up some history and art. First we went back to Bristol, RI to see the Herreshoff museum we missed this past summer while sailing through the Narraganset Bay. If you remember we tried to sail there in the dingy but got caught in a stiff tidal current and a contradictory wind and ended up throwing in the towel after way too much struggle. Here’s the link to the story… Dena and I have never been much into crowds and The Herreshoff Museum in the height of summer is a crowded mess anyway so missing it (with every intention of someday coming back) wasn’t that big of a deal at the time. Once again we discovered that the only way to see a museum like that is on a miserable day in the dead of winter. There were only a few people there besides the volunteers that maintain the museum in the winter so we pretty much had the run of the place. We got to go aboard all the boats that they have on display and we also got to spend as much time as we wanted looking through the exhibits, it was incredible! We came out of it with so many great ideas on the boat improvements that we’ve been planning that it really did re-stoke the fires for our up-coming starboard demo and rebuild. Nat Herreshoff really was the “Wizard Of Bristol” and the museum in Bristol, RI shows you why. He came up with so many small sailing vessel innovations from cleats to anchors, sail tracks and interior cabinetry that it left us swimming in ideas for[…]

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