Lead Line — May 2001
By Richard Thiel
A Bit Of Home
|Building a boat offers a taste of immortality.|
Regular readers of this
column and those conversant with the intricacies of magazine publishing
will understand the apparent chronological contradiction when I say that
as I write this, it is sleeting in New York. My laptop and I are laid
out on the forward deck of a Nordhavn 35, not only the only vessel but
also the only living soul within sight, except for Capt. Bill Pike, who
is snoring away in the saloon with all the brio of a Sousan tuba player.
We are anchored off Devil’s Cay in the Berry Island chain of the
Bahamas, well into a 10-day trip that started with an overnight crossing
from Miami to Bullocks Harbor. The Gulf Stream crossing was fine, but
the Bahamas Banks were another story altogether, dishing us up a thrashing
about the nose in the form of a 25-knotter with considerable fetch that
stirred the shallows to a fine froth.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.