Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tiki 21 For Sale in the Florida Keys

I just got word that my old Tiki 21 (formerly Element) is for sale again. She's in a great location for some shallow draft catamaran cruising if you're in the market for that kind of boat:

Wharram Tiki 21 For Sale
Lying Islamorada, FL.  Dan.  305-664-0190 (vm only, no text or email to phone) or

Forever Young is for sale (formally Element – lots of You Tube and pics on web under that name).  Solid but needs bottom sanding and paint.  No road trailer but includes heavy duty 4 wheel Cat Trax/Big Foot beach cart.  Original Wharram wing sale gaff rig with Jeckels sails (main, jib and spinnaker).  Recent 6HP Tohatsu with 2 tanks.  Solar panel on each hull with separate battery and electrical system in each hull.  LED nav lights.  Lots of power outlets in various places.  Safety net forward.  Forward and aft tramps.  Will be keeping all other items (ground tackle, sleeping pads, gps, radios, etc) for new boat.  $8,750.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book III of The Pulse Series is Available to Preorder Now

Those of you who have read my 2012 novel, The Pulse, know that there is lots of sailing action and adventure in this story of a man who is stranded in the Caribbean far from his only daughter when a series of solar flares takes down the power and communications grid. The story continued in Book II of the series, Refuge, which was published last year, and now Book III, Voyage After the Collapse will soon be released and is available for preorder now. 

Here is the official description:
The crew of the sailing vessel, Casey Nicole has endured a harrowing ordeal on the dark waterways of the coastal swamps near New Orleans, but Artie Drager has escaped with what he came for—his only daughter, Casey.
They are free of the mainland but still too close for comfort. Now the crew of six aboard the big catamaran must plot a course and set sail into the unknown, hoping to find a place where the impact of the electromagnetic pulse was not so severe. Where that will be, they have no way of knowing. Did the solar flares impact the whole planet, or just the parts of the Western Hemisphere they have seen?
Voyage After the Collapse is a passage of hope into an uncertain future, leaving the terror of the U.S. mainland astern in the wake.
You can preorder the book now for $3.99. The release date is set for December 16, but I expect to see it released sooner, hopefully in November. Reserve your copy at the link below. You won't be charged until the book is actually released and delivered to your Kindle or other ebook reading device. A paperback edition will also be available around the same time the Kindle edition is released.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Norwalk Islands Sharpie 23 for Sale

Yesterday I had a chance to personally inspect a Norwalk Islands Sharpie 23 (N.I.S. 23) that is currently for sale in Cocoa, Florida. I've read about these Bruce Kirby designs for years, but had never seen one, as they are rare in the U.S. and even rarer on the used boat market here. When Dave Lewis, the owner contacted me to let me know it was for sale, I planned to pass the information along to my readers here. As it happened, I had an opportunity to get involved with a big teak deck job for Boatsmith a bit farther down the coast, so I was able to stop by on the way home and meet Dave and have a look at the boat in person.

An experienced sailor who has explored lots of remote parts of the Bahamas in shallow draft boats, Dave has been impressed with the N.I.S. 23 but is now ready to downsize to something more suited to quick and easy launching for local daysailing.  Considering the cost to build a new boat this size, never mind having it professionally built as this one was, I think this trailerable cruising sharpie could be a good deal for the right person.  The boat has been stored indoors and comes with an excellent trailer that Dave had built after he purchased the boat from the original owner. The entire package is in good condition, as you can see from the photos.

Here are the particulars Dave provided, along with his contact email for anyone who wants to know more about this unique wooden boat:

She is a 23' Kirby Norwalk Island Sharpie(N.I.S.); has a free standing cat ketch rig.  Masts are carbon fiber.  Have two suits of sails: one white, loose footed; one tan bark, fully battened.  All running rigging leads to cockpit.

Professionally built 1996 by Sea Island Boat Works, Charleston, S.C.  Hull is epoxy coated inside and out; hull exterior sheathed in glass cloth.  Two settees (adult bunks) provide comfortable sitting headroom with main hatch cover closed.  No amenities except cockpit cushions and interior cushions for bunks.  Standard horizon VHF.

LOA 23' ;  Beam 7'-5" ;  LWL 22' ;  Disp. 1900# ;  Draft 4.5' board down;  8" board up.

I've enjoyed sailing the boat in the Indian River here in Cocoa.  The boat has always been dry sailed.  It currently resides on a single axle aluminum trailer in my garage.  This combo tracks well with a medium vehicle.

This vessel is easily single handed and makes a great daysailer, weekender. 

Dave Lewis,
"A boat is freedom, not just a way to reach a goal."
Bernard Moitessier - A Sea Vagabond's World


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