• Why Dutch Wharf?

  • Disclaimer: “Why Dutch Wharf?” articles in this section are based on actual Dutch Wharf customer experiences. The names of individuals and vessels have been changed to protect the innocent. Technical details are minimized to prevent boredom. Certain poetic license has been taken to make the stories more readable, but no less true.

  • Water, Water Everywhere

  • Samuel Coleridge wrote Rime of the Ancient Mariner somewhere around 1797. Perhaps his most famous stanza came in Part 2 of the 7 part poem:

  • Water, Water, everywhere,
    Nor any drop to drink;
    Water, water, everywhere
    And all the boards did shrink.

  • I’d wager there isn’t one yachtsman who hasn’t recited those famous lines when at sea on a day when the sails are slack and no wind is forecast.

    Water is a miracle substance. Our body is 75% water; about forty-two liters in the average adult. Water covers roughly three-quarters of the earth’s surface but only 1% is fit to drink. 97% is salty and 2% is contained in glaciers and the polar ice caps. Health professionals tell us to drink at least six 8 oz. glasses per day. Some of us even put a wee dram in our evening cocktail. What would we do without it? We all love water, right?

    Well… maybe not everyone. Read the rest of this entry

  • Reflections on Refinishing

  • Jimmy Carter turned off the lights in the White House – personally!

    Ronald Reagan delegated everything – even wars. Some said Nancy actually ran the country.

    Somewhere between Carter, the micro-manager, and Reagan, the eternal optimist is the sweet spot. As most successful managers know – the trick is to understand that which needs constant monitoring and that which does not.

    As a boat owner this differentiation of management style is important when you select the yard to which you entrust your most valuable material possession.

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  • Coming Home

    Thomas Wolfe famously wrote You Can’t Go Home Again, a novel wherein George Webber, his protagonist, has written a successful novel exposing the furtive secrets of his hometown. When he returns home he is shaken by the fury his story has unleashed in his family and long-time friends. Outcast, he thus begins a search for his own identity eventually returning once again to his roots.

    His journey of discovery, it turns out, is a metaphor for a beautiful red-hulled Aage Nielson sloop, built in 1959, that keeps returning home to Dutch Wharf for the care and comfort provided by our crew.

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  • From a Shackle to a Refit

    The day before Thanksgiving a gentleman, we’ll call him CG, strode into the yard unannounced. He was trying to locate a shackle for his twenty-five year old Cheoy Lee sloop.

    Now, we don’t maintain a ship’s store but we do have a supply of miscellaneous hardware that’s accumulated over the 55 years we’ve been in business. (Some of that bronze is covered with dust.) Naturally, the stuff is scattered among our ten buildings and poorly inventoried since most came off boats under repair.

    But CG was a pleasant enough guy so I decided to rummage through the supply and see if we might have the particular part he needed. Finding parts for older boats is challenging enough, but to locate a unique Chinese shackle that is no longer manufactured adds another layer of complexity. But, what the heck, it was a rainy day so I thought it might be fun to see what we had.

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