Saturday, April 23, 2011

Boat Building Project

(Click on drawing to view a larger image.)

In February a small group of Ocracoke Island residents gathered to explore the possibility of building a traditional wooden sailing vessel, perhaps a schooner or a skipjack. What may have seemed like an overly ambitious project at first, soon took on a life of its own, with an eastern North Carolina boat builder committed to overseeing the endeavor, and volunteers eager to help.

If the funds can be raised, as expected, and other details worked out, the project could be started within the year.

You can read more at the new (and still under construction) web site,

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the Ocracoke Preservation Society. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:37 AM

    Wow! That ould be amazing! I'd love to see the sun setting against a beautiful ship like that!

  2. Anonymous2:26 PM

    Your sketch, Philip, reminds me of a boat I happened to catch sailing a week or so ago when I randomly viewed the Teach's Hole Web-cam (compliments of Ocracoke Harbor Inn). It was so unexpected and extremely beautiful.

    I hope this project which you have addressed on your blog will become reality one day. What an awesome idea!

  3. Anonymous2:35 PM

    Anon. #2 continued...good article, Philip. I see you are donating the use of your land for the project. Terrific!

    Great to see the local school children will have ample opportunites to get involved. Little Lachlan will always remember this project and years from now, he'll be passing down the stories to his children and grandchildren of how he helped with the building of the mighty Paragon.

    Can't wait to see the updates on this fantastic project.

    I trust you will keep your faithful bloggers posted!

  4. Anonymous9:55 AM

    What a brilliant idea, on so many levels. Congratulations and good luck.