Swamped swamped swamped here at work, but just couldn't resist tossing up a quick post with a link to Soundbounder. Matthew is up in CT & when he heard that the sloop Clearwater was being hauled out in Norwalk, he made a trip to check out her bottom.
Wait, that doesn't sound right...
BTW, Matthew's photos remind me of a T.C. Boyle novel that people who are interested in the Hudson River Valley might really enjoy - World's End. I was actually first attracted to it by the name - there are a lot of great names along the Hudson (Crum's Elbow - Anthony's Nose - Storm King - Breakneck Ridge - wonderful, eh?) and World's End is one of my favorites - it's also one of the most beautiful spots on the Hudson, where the river bends sharply at West Point. Loved the story - actually it's more like 2, the novel is set in 2 separate centuries - you see storylines getting kicked off among the 17th century Dutch & Indian inhabitants of the area, and how their Woodstock-era descendants play out the historical legacies of their forefathers. Wish I had a little more time to tell you about it, but I'm reminded of it because it does feature a sloop that's built by a local folksinger who wants to bring people's attention to the environmental crisis that's threatening the Hudson.
All resemblances to actual folksingers & sloops, living or living, are, I'm sure, entirely intentional.
ps - welcome back, Dennis G. Moonstruck!