When aboard a boat you should always carry a knife on you. For safety, but also to help with general tasks around the boat.
It's hard to think of a day where you don't put it to use on several occasions, and nights along the coast when you wish you didn't have to use it, freeing a lobster trap line that has fouled your prop, ground your engine to a halt and holding the boat still as the following seas kick it around, leaning off the back of the boat to cut yourself free.
Ove...r the last two months I worked with knifesmith Densmore Knives on all of the details of a custom made knife. Everything from steel type, blade shape, handle style and wood selection. Sam did an incredible job working my ideas with his, as well as his skill set.
Take a look at the final product. An 8 3/4" sheep's foot rigging knife with marlin spike with laser etched Love & Rum anchor.
SKINNY DIPPING ENCOURAGED — A Hawaiian shirt, rum infused and Jimmy Buffett inspired version of, "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" is happening in Long Island and our good friend Eric Greene was there to drink it... cover it.
"They drive RVs and big trucks, towing in homemade tiki bars, swimming pools, and lots and lots of BBQ equipment to the venue. They then set up stages and sound equipment for the live music that goes on all day. They bring drinking games and costumes and enough alcohol to kill a herd of elephants. And they bring bright-colored flags and palm trees and hundreds of signs that read, 'It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere.' And us? We didn’t bring anything."
Sunrise on the Rio.
Katy has a habit of sometimes waking up in the middle of the night and working on her business for hours on end. I have a habit of not doing that at all.
This is a sunrise shot she took from our cockpit near the end of one of those shifts.
I've been working on a custom rigging knife with Sam from Densmore Knives in Massachusetts.
When it's complete, I'll put together a whole post of the process and all the details end effort that go into Sam making a knife like this from scratch.
For now, here are some photos of the progress Sam has been making....
If you missed my post a little while back about the beginning of this project, you should visit his site and see the work Sam does. If both the form and function of a utility like this is something you look for, click here to see his other boating knives: http://densmoreknives.com/kennys-boating-knife/
He also makes fillet knives, kitchen, oyster shucking, wilderness, utility, you name it.
Booked for Boston, Rhode Island and Cape Cod in two weeks for a vacation to see some family and several words that begin with the letter B: Baseball, beer, barbecues and boats.
Some photos from last year's trip are on the blog...
Introducing your Mexico to Belize crew aboard Edward Blair.
Take a read to vastly improve your knowledge of who the hell is even running this thing...
As if the day would ever come. Our first post about sailing from Mexico to Guatemala is up on the blog.
For the first instalment, including a copy of waypoints for anyone doing the trip themselves... start reading.
This is the view from our slip here at the marina in Guatemala. A lancha boat like you see in the photo just sidled up to our cockpit filled with produce, cheese, meats and more, and sold us fish filets, vegetables and fruit for about $4.
Why even leave your cockpit on a sunny afternoon when the Jays game is on, the beer is cold and the market comes to you?
Robinson Caye, Belize in June. We anchored all alone for the night and had a bonfire BBQ on the uninhabited island, minus one local we saw in the distance chopping fronds for his own fire.
I woke up on the beach at 4am, a machete in one hand, a bottle in the other and bug bites everywhere.
Photo by the Mrs.