Last weekend we were there again, for the 25th anniversary of the show. I had sailed my Paper Jet at Cape Hatteras the previous weekend in a 20 knot breeze and it is sailing well, as usual. It is in need of some cosmetic work, after 9 years of sailing, boat shows and being trailed more than 10,000 miles, so we left it at home. Instead we borrowed the Inlet Runner from Kevin and took that to the show.
But our efforts are not what I want to write about. Also on the show was the very lovely "Alizee", the Didi 40cr that was built in Boulder, Colorado, then towed by the owners to Mystic for launching.
|"Alizee" at left, dwarfed by the "Charles W Morgan" whaling ship.|
|Didi 40cr "Alizee" poses for her many admirers.|
Bill's project was way more ambitious than mine. He has finished her to a much higher standard, with a flawless level of finish on the exterior paintwork. This family did almost everything themselves, aside from rig, sails and keel. That includes, the welded stainless steel pulpits and dodger frame, as well as the canvas work.
|Cockpit , with owner-built stainless and canvas work.|
|Transom with sugar scoop and cut-out for emergency rudder.|
|"Alizee" leaving Mystic Seaport after the show.|
|Beautiful interior of "Alizee", all the work of the owners.|