Shipyard Memories #19: Something Really Cool Just Happened to Me on LJ's

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 03-04-2011 09:53 PM 2531 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Finished, Launched and Sailing Part 19 of Shipyard Memories series Part 20: The Harbour Ferries: Stitch and Glue Construction. »

This morning when I checked the “pulse” section here on LJ’s, I had a very cool surprise waiting for me. The current owner of one of my featured constructions here, “Olfara” is a new LJ and stumbled upon my blog while cruising the site last night. She’s about twenty five years old now (the boat) and has a new paint job and a new name “Terrapin” but the photo he posted leaves little doubt. It’s post #24 in this project post:

What a wonderful feeling to find that she’s still sailing and bringing pleasure and adventure to another owner and his family.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 09:56 PM

Wow…that is COOL…maybe he will post some recent pictures on LJ’s and tell us a little history of the boat since you built her!

Very cool…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 10:09 PM

That is cool. Would be almost like visiting a new friend and noticing that the coffee table was one you built and sold a number of years ago. Definitely an awesome testimony to the quality of your craft. Glad you had that magic moment.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 03-04-2011 11:22 PM

Pretty neat situation to occur. To be honest, I like your original color scheme much better. The dark blue and wood tones say “very elegant” to me.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 03-05-2011 01:12 AM

That is so cool Paul. What a small world.
And what a wonderful surprise I am sure.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 03-05-2011 02:27 AM

That is Neat. I saw the posting, and I sure like the original paint job better, with all the wood showing. Must have been quite a surprise for you!


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#6 posted 03-05-2011 02:39 AM

Barb, Paint is only skin deep. In her heart she’s still young and beautiful.

Sadly I don’t look as good as I did in 1986 either.:-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 03-05-2011 02:56 AM

I did see his comment on another blog of yours earlyer
and thought wauw this most be a happy Shipwright getting news about his baby still going strong :-)

take care

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#8 posted 03-05-2011 06:11 AM


Thanks for sharing the good news. It has to be exciting for you to see Olfara again!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 03-05-2011 09:23 AM

Here’s a few more pics of Terrapin. 1st is in Barkley Sound with the hull color as I bought her. 2nd is Turtle Bay on Baja. 3rd is Hilo, HI. Last 2 are the lower Columbia River. Yeah, we have a bit of fun with her. Can’t seem to find any good interior pics right now. I’ll put some up when I do. Just realized those pics show up in reverse order.

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#10 posted 03-05-2011 12:12 PM

Thanks for the Photos. It’s great to see her again. It’s even better to know that she’s still being used to her full potential.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#11 posted 03-05-2011 12:33 PM

how wonderful
great “boat”; great story

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 03-06-2011 11:06 AM

True pride comes from the enjoyment we bring to others.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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