Uisce break

Thanks to the help of friends, I purchased a 2012 custom-built 45 ft gaff-rigged Sharpie-style yawl.

Sharpie-style means she is flat-bottomed, and her length is about 4-5 times her width, which in this case is 11′. Her depth board up is 2′ which is extremely shallow for a boat this length, and 6′ board down.

Her ‘rig’ is gaff-rigged (upper spar on four-sided mainsail), and yawl – meaning a smaller sail on second ‘mizzen’ mast aft of the rudder. She also is cutter-rigged in that she has two foresails up front.

So here is a picture of her without sails:

1 from stern

In any case, on June 17 I leave to take possession, varnish her up, get to know her for a week or so, and then – hopefully – sail her up starting early July and arriving back in Cape Breton around July 20. This passage will be chronicled – or blogged – at:



Uisce is her name: it means ‘water’ in gaelic, which for me is an old, sacred, pre-industrial language, so it is like ‘Water Goddess’ or ‘Sacred Water’ to my mind. But also, the word has a good ring to it, and also a chipper subtext. The Uisce!

Feel free to follow along!

2 thoughts on “Uisce break

  1. I look forward to following this adventure you have planned. Not sure what the appropriate language is for a boat, but can I say she is charming?

    • I’m not sure either. But like all boats, she is a lady. And like all ladies, she thrives on compliments. Indeed, I think I can hear her replying: ‘charmed, I’m sure!’

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