Art’s new gig.…

Posted May 7, 2009 at 8:13 am by

Orion & Art - ready to sail!

Orion & Art - ready to sail!

Ran into Art Lohrey last week­end — he tells me that he and step­son Ori­on Pow­ell have set up a new busi­ness or two — he’s got a day sail com­pa­ny with San Juan Clas­sic Day Sail­ing, which com­ple­ments his oth­er gig, Phoenix Boat Works — restor­ing wood­en boats.

Here’s a lit­tle bit from his website:

With a pas­sion for sail­ing and boats, (par­tic­u­lar­ly tra­di­tion­al wood­en boats) and a desire to play a part in the preser­va­tion and shar­ing of these van­ish­ing “works of art”, we opened Phoenix Boats Works. Our goal is to restore Clas­sic wood­en boats to their orig­i­nal con­di­tion and beau­ty. In offer­ing these hand­craft­ed ves­sels for char­ter, they once again can be used and appre­ci­at­ed for the pur­pose they were made for. And our part of the cir­cle is completed.

Wood­en boats, though not the night­mare or has­sle and main­te­nance they are rumored to be, do demand and deserve reg­u­lar care and atten­tion. They don’t fit in glass box­es very well and some­thing that is used and appre­ci­at­ed is some­thing that is tak­en care of. That’s where you and the char­ter­ing becomes part of the circle.

We hope to help fos­ter and main­tain an aware­ness and appre­ci­a­tion of our mar­itime her­itage, our nat­ur­al and pris­tine envi­ron­ment, and the fine works of some of the great yacht design­ers of the past.

A day sail, by its very nature, is a per­fect and sim­ple venue to expe­ri­ence the joy of sail­ing, the beau­ty of the craft, and the mag­nif­i­cence of our marine envi­ron­ment. No need to make huge plans, pro­vi­sion, pack, etc., etc.. Just step on the boat, raise the sails, and go where the wind takes you, if just for the moment. Our boats are offered as skip­pered char­ters and you are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate hands on as much as you like in sail­ing the boat. Or, just sit back with a cup of cof­fee or tea, relax and take in the sights, sounds and feel­ings of being on the water. Either way, a mem­o­rable and excit­ing way to be a part.

Sail­ing, of any sort, is a native activ­i­ty to respect our “loved to death”, and “sur­vival chal­lenged” marine mam­mal cohab­iters of our islands.

Some of our boats are avail­able for new stew­ard­ship [sale]. We can arrange to pro­vide ongo­ing care for the ves­sels, and the option of keep­ing them active in the “fleet”, on a sched­ule of your choos­ing, is avail­able. We have oth­er boats “await­ing in the wings” for restora­tion. Maybe one of them strikes your fan­cy. That com­pletes the cir­cle. And you can be a part of it.

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  1. Art…great to see you are doing some­thing you enjoy!! Tom Harpham

    Comment by Tom Harpham on July 3, 2010 at 9:11 am

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