November update on the Friendship Sloop book:

Book Deadline Approaches!

As of the Friendship Sloop Society Annual Meeting, November 16th, the first draft of Part One of the book is complete. That draft will go through at least three more revisions before the final proof, but the first big task is done.

We have 228 sloops registered with the Society and we have heard from the owners of 84 for Part Two of the book. If you are one of the 144 sloop owners that we have not heard from, you have until December 31st 2013 to get your information to us. When you fill out a form, send us a picture of your sloop to include in the book.

We intend to go to press with the book in the spring so that we can hopefully have it for the summer of 2014.

This is a good book even in the rough draft stage with only 84 sloops represented, to be a great book we need more sloop owners to participate.

You can fill in an online form and submit it electronically here: ON LINE BOOK FORM.

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Tidbit for New England

Hi Folks,

These tidbits are for those of you who may be sailing in the NE area and don’t subscribe to the District 1 USCG Notice to Mariners. Be aware that there will be considerable marine survey activity along the coasts of Buzzards Bay, MA; New Hampshire; Penobscot Bay and the coast of Maine over the summer months. The Notice to Mariners has the complete schedule, which is too extensive to include here, so I highly suggest that you go to the USCG site, USCG District One Local Notice to Mariners (16-2013), and look it over for more detailed information.


There is also an extensive list of bridge construction on going all along the coast, in the vicinity of which the Coast Guard has set up regulated navigation areas (RNAs), which change the speed limits and establish no wake zones. You may want to check it out to see if it may pose a danger in your area.

Bill Whitney

FSS Commodore

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Another tidbit….#6

Well the boat is put up for the winter, all her gear is being overhauled and it’s time to share some of the things discovered or re-remembered this past sailing season.

The most significant item discovered was that the oil dip stick on my Perkins 4-108 diesel was lying! Actually I was reading it incorrectly. On my engine the dip stick touches the inside wall of the oil pan when fully inserted. When you remove it to test the oil level the area that was touching the sidewall will always be wet, NO MATTER HOW HIGH/LOW THE OIL LEVEL ACTUALLY IS. To get an accurate reading you need to look at the surface of the dip stick that is facing the centerline of the engine. You may want to modify the way you check the oil level in your engine to avoid a false reading.

Among the re-remembered facts is this gem; the dry chemical fire extinguishers that I use on board were all out of date. I had forgotten that by law these extinguishers are only good for 12 years after their manufacture date, even if they still hold pressure and the agent hasn’t turned into a solid cake in the bottom. Check the date near the neck of the extinguisher. If it’s more than 12 old go get a new one, your insurance company will be happy. Mine will be ecstatic! The dates on my extinguishers were 1984, 1992 and 1996.

Bill Whitney is Commodore of the Friendship Sloop Society and master and owner of GAIVOTA, FSS #214

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Boats sold, Boats for Sale:

November 10th was the annual meeting of the Friendship Sloop Society held at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn in South Portland, Maine.

Without recording all the events of that meeting we thought members who could not attend might be interested in a few news items regarding sloops.

EASTWARD, FSS#6 has been sold and is no longer for sale.

INTEGRITY, FSS#97 has also been sold and will be coming back to Maine.

Two sloops that are still for sale are BLACK JACK, FSS#19 and LIBERTY, FSS# 157.

As a side note on LIBERTY; this boat is currently in Michigan. The original owner has offered to help a future owner with moving the boat if the new owner is bringing the boat back to New England.

BLACK JACK is an original Wilbur Morse boat built in 1900. LIBERTY is a Jarvis Newman Fiberglass model of the 31′ size. These are not the only Friendships for sale, there are several more wooden boats in various stages of repair that are for sale, and several fiberglass models as well. SABRINA FSS#145 is another Newman glass boat for sale.

The above is a small sampling of the boats for sale. To see all of the boats for sale that are registered with the Friendship Sloop Society, go to our website and click the tab on the left that reads “Our Sloops” then click on the “Sloops for sale” link. You will find a complete listing of sloops for sale and contact information.

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Practical Sailor

The July issue of Practical Sailor Magazine (Vol. 38 Number 7) opens with a plug for the Friendship Sloop Gathering in Rockland. If you don’t know this magazine, they purchase boating equipment, test it and write objectively about their findings. While they cover very little to do with wooden boats, the magazine is a trusted resource for anyone looking to purchase boating gear from inflatable life jackets to anchors. The magazine accepts no advertisers and seldom endorses events, so it is a real plug to be mentioned by this excellent and respected resource.

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Summer Reading

If you are looking for a good read this summer, FSS member Jim Salmon (KUMATAGE #206) has written an excellent memoir of his 19 month circumnavigation aboard the barque Picton Castle called the RIME of the ANCIENT UNDERWITER, Hobblebush Books, 2012.

The book launch was held at the Conway Public Library in Conway, NH near Jim’s home. The turn out for the slide show and book signing was excellent, and there were several other members of the Friendship Sloop Society in attendance as well.


The book is a delightful combination of travel-log, memoir, and description of life aboard a square-rigged ship. If you are looking for a great summer read, look no further. Jim is planning to come to the Friendship Homecoming in Rockland this year, although he will not be able to stay for the whole event. We will try and convince him to bring copies of the book, so you might be able to get a signed copy from the author in Rockland…..


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Another tidbit….#5

Hi Group,

Here is a little tidbit of information that I picked up from an old friend in Michigan about 50 years ago. He was an old retired Navy gunner’s mate who loved to keep things mechanical working well. While we were rigging “STORMY” , an old steel hulled yawl built in Germany before WWII, I mentioned to him that some of the shackles on the chain plates were very loose fitting. It seemed that the shackle pins were much smaller than the holes. Five minutes later he returned from the rigging loft with some short pieces of metal tube that took up most of the slop and made everything fit better. I use this same trick on “GAIVOTA’s” stem fitting.

Years of wear had enlarged the holes, so I stick a piece of SS tube on the shackle pin to fill in the gap between the pin and the inside of the hole. Packed with some lanolin, it provides additional surface to bear  the load of the bobstays and acts like a bearing. I guess it works. In the 12+ years I’ve been rigging it this way the stem fitting holes don’t seem to be wearing. It works! The attached pictures are not the best but you’ll get the idea.

Bill Whitney is Vice-Commodore of the Friendship Sloop Society and master and owner of GAIVOTA, FSS #214

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