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I purchased this 13' 5" Chamberlain dory skiff in San Anslemo in mid-September 2005. According to the seller it had been built by the SF Maritime Museum's boat-building class in the early 90's, made from solid planks of straight-grained fir attached by copper nails and roves over sawn and steamed oak frames. Above are before and after pics from the restoration and rigging for sail. See the Dory Restoration page for more building details.

We launched her for the first time on April 22, 2006 after six months of hard work. Les Schuldt, a friend from the Wooden Boat Forum and an active wooden boat restorer, is shown here helping with the trailer. Les' photo album of the launch. He brought his kayak to take pics from the water. We then got him on board to row and help tweak the two sailing rigs and the yoke rudder setup.

Here are Mary and I sailing with the Sabot mast, boom and sail. This rig, designed for an 8' racing pram dinghy, pushes the dory along very nicely. But with the mast and centerboard fairly far forward, the dory needs a jib to balance the rig and make her steer straight in stronger winds


Here is the more traditional sailing rig, with canvas sail, sprit-boom, and oiled mahogany mast. The yoke tiller allows you to sit nearly anywhere in the boat, keeping the trim even whether there is one or three persons aboard.

Speaking of three people aboard, the dory rowed and handled surprisingly well with two at the oars and one on the sternsheets steering. Here she is pulled up on one of the shoreside park beaches near Richmond's Marina Bay.

Here are Mary and Les on the oars, while I lounge comfortably in the stern and steer.

The next Sunday was Opening Day on SF Bay, but I evaded most of the madness and rowed / sailed out to the sandspit on Brooks Island (the island is closed to visitors). The seagulls were nesting and quite excited by my visit, but I found a great seat with the usual zillion-dollar-view of SF == foggy and windy but still nice. In the other direction Angel Island looms above the fog and wind on the Bay. Since it was Opening Day after all, I flew my Union Jack just for the heck of it, but only while on the beach since this wasn't a reenactment. I had a cracking downwind sail back to the Marina docks and ramp -- cracked one of my belaying pins trying to furl the sail. Also managed to wind the mainsheet three times around the bowsprit, much to the amusement of the bystanders.

Opening Day Sail in Richmond, April, 2006

On May 12-14, I trailered her up above Eureka to Big Lagoon, the site of a Morgan's Companie campout and wooden boat event.

The very used jib purchased from Bacon Sails in Anapolis worked wonderfully to balance the rig, and the temporary bowsprit worked well. (I broke the other one off during a gust at San Pablo Resevoir the previous weekend). Boatmeister Harvey christening Ed's new canoe "TT" with more rum, just before christening my dory the "Lord Chamberlain" with, you guessed it -- rum. Nice to finally have a name for her! Harvey's wife Holly and I sailed the Lord Chamberlain to the far end of the lagoon -- followed by John and Pia in the Tortuga. This lovely area is where the high tides fill the lagoon, but we had to row upwind to get back to camp. Pia crewed for me the following day for some exciting sailing after the wind picked up -- the mahogany mast made some ominous creaking noises (and broke a month later). >

Web slideshow from the Morgan's Co'y Big Lagoon campout, May, 2006

On Saturday, July 8 the TSCA had a row / sail on Lake Natoma, hosted by Sunny & Jim Lawson of Davis. Lake Natoma is just downstream of Folsom Lake, right off Hwy 50 outside of Sacramento. Here the Drascombe explores the very thin water, discovering that we couldn't make it through a passageway normally accessible under the bikeway.Participating boats included a glass Drascombe (smaller than the Lugger), two Rangley-like locally-made boats, a stretched Lowell dory skiff, and my Chamberlain dory skiff.Everyone else took off after lunch, but since I was already launched and rigged for sail, I sailed up and down the end of the lake for several more hours until the sun started to get to me. A very nice event!

Photos from the TSCA Lake Natoma Row, July 2006

I missed the correct weekend for the Loch Morgan / Stone Lagoon event, but had a great time anyway. Some other folks had the date wrong also, and we kept up the tradition with evening toasts and lots of boating.As I was loading up to launch, a fellow paddled over to report a fire at the bluff by the campsite -- the stump we use as a flagpole base was burning, along with some nearby shrubs. The local firecrews declined my offer to have them row my boat over, but hiked across instead and spent a lot of time putting it completely out.

Photos from my Stone Lagoon trip, July 2006

Photos from the Morgan's Co'y Big Lagoon campout, Sept, 2006

The route of the TSCA Tomales Bay Row, Sept 2006.

Photos from the TSCA Tomales Bay Row, Sept, 2006

The route of the TSCA Delta Meadows Row, Oct, 2006. Main trip in red, my lost wanderings in Lost Slough in yellow.

Photos from the TSCA Delta Meadows Row, Oct, 2006

Mary and I row to Hog and Duck Islands, Nov, 2006

Sailing to Brickyard Cove for lunch (2Mb QuickTime movie), Nov, 2006

TSCA Sausalito Row & Sail, Nov, 2006

TSCA Wet Turkey Row, Tomales Bay, Nov, 2006

SuperBoat Sunday, Richmond Harbor, Feb, 2007

TSCA Albion River Row, March 17, 2007

TSCA Petaluma River Row, March 31, 2007

Vallejo Pirate Festival, June 16-17, 2007

Stone Lagoon w/Morgan's Companie. July 20-22, 2007

SF Bay sail on Schooner Aldeberan. July 28, 2007

TSCA row on Big River. August 11, 2007

Sailing Butte Lake, August 21, 2007

Sailing from Inverness, Sept 2, 2007

TSCA Marshall Beach Campout, Sept 12-16, 2007

TSCA Lake Mendocino Campout, Sept 29-30, 2007

TSCA Wet Turkey Row, November 24, 2007

TSCA Korth's to Oxbow Row, February 16, 2008

TSCA Albion River Row, March 8, 2008

TSCA Noyo River Row, April 19, 2008

TSCA Elkhorn Slough Row, May 3, 2008

Big Lagoon Messabout, May 9-11, 2008

SF Gunkholing 2008, Journey to the World's End

Stone Lagoon, 2008 as a 2.6Mb movie

Marshall Beach Campout, 9 12-14, 2008

Oregon Coots Timothy Lake Messabout, 9 21-22, 2008

TSCA Wet Turkey Row, 11-29, 2008

Boat-camping on Lake Sonoma, 2-1, 2009

Rowing Lake Chabot, 3-14, 2009

Sausalito Row and visit to Spaulding Center 3-21, 2009

Big Lagoon Messabout, May 8-10, 2009

Vallejo Pirate Festival, 6/2009

Morgan's Companie Stone Lagoon, 7/2009

Galilee Harbor Marine Days Festival and visit to North Bay Boatworks, 8/2009

Boat camping and exploring Loon Lake, 9/2009

TSCA SF Waterfront Row, 3/21/10

Big Lagoon Messabout, May 14-16, 2010

Northern California Pirate Festival, June 2010

TSCA Marshall Beach Campout, Sept 16-19, 2010

Point San Pablo Row, Feb 20, 2011

TSCA Wingo Row, Mar 19, 2011

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