Fairlie 55 – Construction Video Diary

A short video of the entire build process, from lofting to launch, of the Fairlie 55.
It’s the culmination of 13 months filming at Fairlie Restorations in Hamble.

What a beautiful boat and an impressive project. This video shows the amazing amount of detail that goes into every inch of a classic build both above and below decks. If you have ever wanted to sit in on a total build project, watch this and in 12:28 you get the whole process and even a sail at the end.

When you are ready to build your own, come to Jamestown Distributors for all your boat building needs. Most every tool shown in this video can be bought in our online store or at our expanded retail location in Bristol, RI.

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2, Cape Town to Abu Dhabi – 2812 NMs to the finish

Here’s the Leaderboard so far for Leg 2:

  • 1    MAPFRE                             0 NM
  • 2    Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing   11 NM
  • 3    Team Brunel                       20 NM
  • 4    Dongfeng Race Team         23 NM
  • 5    Team Vestas Wind              117 NM
  • 6    Team Alvimedica                 155 NM
  • 7    Team SCA                           218 NM

Everyone has stayed safe.
No catastrophic breakdowns.
The Spanish have found some serious wheels!

Experience and time in the boat definitely seems to still be paying.


Gloucester Schooner Festival Parade of Sails – Time Lapse

Parade of Sails Through Gloucester Inner Harbor Time Lapse

The tall ships start appearing around 1:50, but I liked seeing all the smaller boats, too. Look for the Stanley Thomas lobster boat closer to the beginning. After the Parade I walked out onto the rocky ledge near the Eastern Point Lighthouse, but as you can see in the second-to-last clip, a thunderstorm was on the way and I had to skeedadle.

Al Bezanson’s Schooner’s in order of appearance: Sugar Babe, Adventure, Thomas E Lannon, Adirondack III, Brilliant, Virginia, Tillicum I, Lewis H Story, Liberty Clipper, Perception, Light Reign, American Eagle, Morning Light, Green Dragon.

How to reef a mainsail 101

This instructional video shows a step by step procedure on how to slab reef a mainsail on a small yacht in real time and in fresh conditions. Most people avoid reefing and when they eventually have to, it becomes an ordeal. Practice it and reef sooner than later. The best time to reef is when you first think of it!

Saving Corlear Catboat Chapter II

Snake Mt Boatworks restores a Herreshoff Catboat.  Chapter II

Wood * Sails * Dreams

Trailer for an upcoming documentary about the resurgence of wooden sailboats, the preservation of American marine history, and the craft of building boats made from trees and powered by the wind.
Visit Wood/Sails/Dreams website for more info as well as screening times and locations.