The Lure of Small Boats

Excerpted from E. B. White’s “The Sea and the Wind That Blows” Copyright 1977 by E. B white, information address Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 10 E. 53rd Street New York, NY 10022.

“If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most.  A small sailing craft is not only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble.  If it happens to be an auxiliary cruising boat, it is without question the most compact and ingenious arrangement for living ever devised by the restless mind of man – a home that is stable without being stationary, shaped less like a box than like a fish or a bird or a girl, and in which the homeowner can remove his daily affairs as far from shore as he has the nerve to take them, close-hauled or running free – parlor, bedroom, and bath, suspended and alive.”

Image of s/v Hester, by Ruth Bailey. Watercolor on paper 16″x20″

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