Spring is just around the corner, with spring sailing season right behind. Are you ready?
You say you don’t have a boat to sail this spring? Well I can fix that. I’ve got three and and can only keep one. So two of the Tidal Life sailboats are for sale – Nameless and Eternal Project.
Nameless, our Santana 22 – that’s her above – has starred in several posts here over the last few years. In these pages she’s sailed Holmes Harbor, had her bottom cleaned, highlighted the brilliant orange of noctiluca and posed with stunning sunrises.
About the Santana 22
The Santana 22 was designed by Gary Mull, one of America’s legendary yacht designers. Among the many successful vessels he designed is the 12-meter USA. (As it happens, he also designed our new boat, more about that later.)
Created to race on San Francisco Bay, the Santana has become a West Coast fixture and is still being built. It’s also one of the most seaworthy small boats ever, rating 182 on the Small Boat Seaworthiness test from Small Craft Advisor.
Being a racer, Nameless is spartan. She’s a fine little daysailer, but can also sleep four good friends for the occasional campout, puts up with beginner sailors and thrives under our regimen of benign neglect.
I won’t sugar coat it – Nameless is a little rough around the edges. Built in 1968 and well used over the years, she’s not the boat for those who want a posh and polished yacht on which to lounge and drink martinis.
We faired the hull, repaired some damage to the transom and removed old paint from the cockpit combing. Her sails both need some repair, but have worked fine for us. The little outboard isn’t pretty, but always starts right up. None of her idiosyncracies are major, they’ll give someone who likes to tinker on boats plenty to do in the off season.
She comes with a protected mooring in Holmes Harbor, but if you want her someplace else we’ll enjoy the adventure of sailing her to you – within reason.
It’s hard to let Nameless go, she’s been a wonderful, salty companion, but three boats are just more than we need. I hope I can keep up on her future exploits here at Tidal Life, and will be especially happy to share whatever name her new owner comes up with with my readers.
Eternal Project is a 12 foot, fiberglass Catspaw sailing dinghy hull. The Catspaw is an enlarged version of the Columbia dinghy originally designed by another legendary naval architect, Nat Herreshoff, as a tender for another America’s Cup contender. Here’s what a finished Catspaw looks like. This hull was laid by a boatbuilding class at Gompers Boat Building School, (now part of the Wood Construction Center at Seattle Central Community College).
She comes with a hand shaped mast, a set of instructions and that’s about it. She needs seats, caprail, a mast step and some hardware. Once someone with some gumption finishes her she’ll be a beautiful little ship.
Update – boats are sold
Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in Nameless and Eternal Project. Both are sold and off to spring sailing. Though Nameless remains moored here and may figure in photos/posts in the near future.