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Keel Timber Replacement

Thanks a bunch, Pete !
Actually, your story and that of Slendid's rebuild encouraged me to make "Saltwind" a new home here with me in KY.
I will be in touch when I get her sitting here and under shed. I will be using native white oak for my keel timber and also replacing the filled in centerboard too.



Hi Roger

When I'd finished my tour in Vietnam, we bought a schooner and sailed her to and lived on her in Pensacola, Florida in 1969-70. Also in Pensacola was a fellow- a hippie- by the name of Roger who was living on an Alden schooner named the SALTWIND. She was broad beamed, relatively shallow draft, had a centerboard and looked a lot like the vessel that you now own .

Roger had sailed her there from New Orleans (if memory serves). He and, I believe, his partner's girlfriend had left in the middle of the night because his partner started sending him "weird vibes". I gathered that he knew very little about boats and probably less about navigation. He used to say "I go on a wing and a prayer".

He encountered bad weather on his way to the west coast of Florida, had some problems with the boat and put in at Pensacola. Lack of funds prevented him from making the repairs. The girlfriend, in the lingua franca of the era, "split", and Roger was stuck alone in Pensacola. He and SALTWIND were there when we left in July 1970. I recall him mentioning that the centerboard trunk was rotten and that he planned on doing away with the centerboard altogether.

At one point Roger had tried to sell her for $3000. There were no takers. From the progress he was making on repairs, I doubted that SALTWIND would ever leave Merritt's Boatyard on Big Lagoon in Pensacola. In fact, I believed, would die there.

Could this have been the SALTWIND that you now own? If she is the same vessel, it is a miracle (or destiny) that she survived. I hope that you'll be able to rescue her, rebuilding her in the way you've described.

Best regards

PJ Kelly
Northeast Harbor, Maine