Ask any seasoned sailor this loaded question: "What is your favorite sailboat of all time?"
Then, grab a beverage, and a comfortable chair. You are about to hear some amazing nautical tales of sailboats past and sailboats to come.
As for me? I saw the ultimate sailboat in a small movie theater in 1990. It was in the movie "Joe Versus the Volcano. Now that movie is worthy of a News Article in and of itself. The part that took my breath away was when Joe set sail on the Tweedledee. The scene shows the boat under full sail. It was shot from a helicopter, and it sent chills up my back. The beauty of that sailboat is like no other I've ever seen. Just to make sure I'm not remembering it with the embellishment of fond memory, I watched it again last night. Chills again. Right up both arms and the back of my neck.
I've always wondered where they found that gorgeous sailboat, and even wondered if it might have been a model sailboat with Hollywood magic to make it seem real.
Then, a year ago I was waiting for a ferry in Friday Harbor Washington, a small town located on San Juan Island in the 172-island archipelago in the northwest corner of Washington State. The ferry was not due for another half hour when I noticed a very cool looking schooner. When I got a better view from the dock, I thought it looked very familiar.
You can guess the rest. It was indeed the Tweedledee from the movie, but its real name is Spike Africa. And, to my delight, they take passengers for a few hours on a regular basis.
So very soon my wife Linda and I will board the Spike Africa and even help sail her. An ultimate getaway, to be sure.
Take a good look at her. Could this sea-going beauty become a great mural? Above is also a quick video of Spike Africa in a sailboat race. She passes by the camera lens at 0:06 through 0:27. It doesn't capture the majesty of the sailboat, but I may revisit this topic with a video of my own. Stay tuned!
So what is YOUR ultimate sailboat? Drop me an email, text, or a phone call. I'd love to hear your ideas!
--Skipper Steve, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-367-7945