Old Friend New Friend

I’ve “known” Bob Salnick for about a year.  We “met” when he contacted me about reblogging selected posts I’ve written.  He compiles the blog Small Boat Projects which showcases “small” boat projects (the projects are small, not the boats, necessarily. . . ).  The premise of his blog is that “every boat owner has found ways to make life in that small space easier, more comfortable, more convenient.”  He scours the web for sailing, boat owner, and project sites looking for material of appropriate scope to “re-publish.”  In doing so, he provides a tremendous service to boat owners looking for solutions and ideas, and to boat bloggers who are always looking for a wider readership.

Now, however, I “know” Bob in person.  We met yesterday in his home port of Anacortes, Washington.  We are visiting our son and his wife on Whidbey Island, which is 50 miles south of Bob’s mooring.  So we are arranged a lunch date and spent a few hours together talking about boats, kids, sailing, maintenance, music (Bob’s also a guitar player), and the live-aboard life he and Jane have enjoyed for quite a few years.

Of course, Bob also owns a boat.  Well, not exactly.  He actually owns a drop-dead gorgeous yacht-home made by Down East Yachts.  His yacht Eolian is a DE45 ketch-rigged model.  This is a design that recalls an era of grace in yachts that seems to have fallen out of favor today.  The photos below will give you a small sample of this wonderful yacht, and the loving care Bob lavishes on her.  For a much better set of photos please click on the overview he has written in his own blog Windborne In Puget Sound

Marina photos are never very complimentary.  The detail, beautiful shear and perfectly proportioned coachroof are not view to best advantage with all the background noise in this pic.

Marina photos are never very complimentary. The detail, beautiful shear and perfectly proportioned coachroof are not viewed to best advantage with all the background noise in this pic.

I love the bronze dolphin!

I love the bronze dolphin!

As you can see, she's a real head-turner.

As you can see, she’s a real head-turner.

Bob invited us aboard after lunch and we were treated to a tour. Again, while I took a few photos, his (linked above) are much better. Like many of us who have owned old boats for a number of years, Bob has been into every system on board, and repaired or upgraded most of them.  His particular knowledge of the Down East 45 seems encyclopedic, and his general knowledge regarding yacht maintenance, repair and improvement is deep and seasoned with experience.

We had a wonderful afternoon of conversation and visiting. Thanks Bob, for your friendship, warm welcome to me and Ruth, and for your great service to yacht owners and bloggers.

At home in his environment - Bob in the saloon of Eolian.

At home in his environment – Bob in the saloon of Eolian.

Demonstrating his Voyage-Air guitar.  The perfect boat guitar.

Demonstrating his Voyage-Air guitar. The perfect boat guitar.

This guitar has a giant sound for its size, and due to its short scale, it plays like an dream.

This guitar has a giant sound for its size, and due to its short scale, it plays like a dream.

Bob and Rick

Bob and Rick

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5 comments
  1. james donavan said:

    hi rick ,this is jim Donavan in days creek, Oregon … thanks for the great article and photos .they bring back allot of memories for me .since i grew up on Lopez is. 12 miles from anacortes, wa. …. now that i know about your son living on whidbey that is common thing we have in common .my brother lives on Whidbey. this amazing .some day we will have to sit down and make of list of those things we share … I decided the Irwin 32.5 was to old and I did not like the layout of the main salon so I passed on that deal .. the Lord provided another deal I couldn’t pass up another walter scott design an allmand 31 … .the previous owners did some great up grades and my wife is even happy with this one .she is already adding the female touch to the interior .. Have a wonderful visit . God bless ! jim s/v ETERNITY allmand 31

    • Jim, you may also be aware that Walter Scott designed the Watkins 27 we own. Small, small world, no?

  2. james donavan said:

    hey rick I should learn to read what I write before I click post comment , jim

  3. Wow! I am overwhelmed with this post! But I do like your comment “recalls an era of grace in yachts that seems to have fallen out of favor”… Too many of today’s boats are from the Spherical School of Naval Architecture (a sphere gives the maximum interior volume for a given surface area).

    I really enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again if you make it out to the Wet Coast again! (And I am working on Blackbird… would you be willing to send the tab for what you did?)

    Bob

    • Bob, the pleasure was all mine. Eolian is a beautiful yacht, and you are a gracious host. I learned Blackbird by watching two videos by this guy: philtangerine. Go to youtube and use these search words: philtangerine blackbird. He has two very clear instructional videos on it. I looked at several others, but Phil’s has the clearest presentation.

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