Vermont Sail Project – a look back.

Nearing Launch

by Vermont Rice


Long days here at the farm where endurance is the limiting factor, not daylight. We are now finishing out the interior compartments of Ceres. Sailmaker Matthew Wright is busy stitching, Woodworker Brian Goblik is making blocks, and Carrie and Will are planning to return to raise the mast in about 2 weeks. By that time we think we’ll have most of the finish work done. Normally, rigging would be done in a boatyard or marina setting, but since our “boatyard” is a farm and our rig is collapsible, we will probably try to complete as much as possible of the rig here on Burroughs Farm Road before we hook Ceres to the tractor and tow her to the lake.


This afternoon I framed out the forecastle deckhouse and berths. Fairly spacious berths side-to-side, but let’s just say we will have to learn to curb any urge to sit bolt upright in bed. The aft crew compartment is much more spacious, 6’4″ of headroom. The head (bathroom) even has a tile floor, made up of leftover tiles from a job I did in the house a few years ago. The accent tiles match Ceres’s colors! Likely that most crew time belowdecks will be spent in the aft cabin with the focsle reserved to sleep only.

Another feature of the aft cabin is a trestle table at which we hope to seat up to five in the cabin, but which can convert into an on-deck configuration about 8 feet long and 3 feet wide, at which we can easily seat ten or twelve for meals on deck. Since our deck is exactly 10 feet wide this table can be easily covered by a 10′ x 10′ canopy tent.

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Originally posted 2013-07-06 05:36:38.

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  1. This is a very exciting project. I can’t wait to see it in the water. I hope you’ll keep us posted after you put it into operation. I for one am very interested to see how it works out for you as a working tool in your business.

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