Captain's Blog


Seakindly is most often thought of as heavy displacement, a full length keel, relatively narrow beam, slack bilges, and a decent amount of overhang forward and aft. Another aspect is decent freeboard forward with enough flare to deflect spray and prevent the bow from burying in an oncoming sea. This general concept was very popular under the CCA rule. These concepts are really not offered today by the production boat builders. Phil Rhodes cut away forefoot in the keel, spoon shaped bow flare gave the Reliant 41 and OS 40 a cushion that makes her react more quickly, impart an easy motion, and reduce the corkscrewing of the hull in a confused sea.

Siskiwit on the hard

10 November 1975

S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, official number 277437, sank in Lake Superior on 10 November 1975 with total loss of crew. Having sailed upbound and downbound from the Soo Locks three times, there was never a time entering or leaving Whitefish Bay that I didn’t think of “Fitzgerald” RIP

Edmund Fitzgerald