I've owned 18 boats, 2 powerboats, 24 and 36, two small boats, 14 and 15 skiffs, two sailing dories, 16 & 20 feet, several sloops, 23,24,30, 31 and 40, and an H28 ketch. Rebuilt one 24 sloop completely, and built the 30 and 40 from scratch with a partner. All were wood, and all were old time designs. Yet one never hit the water while I owned it. It was a sloop I rebuilt and spent many hours sitting in its cabin in bad weather, drinking coffee laced with bourbon, reading or just thinking, listening to the weather beating on her (Ragamuffin) and there was something about the shape of the boat, the whole experience that wasn't quite equaled by the several seaside cabins I've owned and lived in. Maybe it's the shape of the thing, the specificity of its construction, layout and accommodation that give it that special quality that even without the slap of the wave on her and the tugging around at anchor or even in a slip, that makes it so unique as an atavistic den, almost womblike, and a remembrance of living in caves.
(Douglas Savage, Massachusetts)