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The Story of Joe & Floyd

Chapter 1

It was April 7, 2012 when I first met Floyd; however, it was not until our meeting came to a close that she revealed her name to me.  Floyd is much younger than I am, she can only recount his birth month and year  . . . being February 2011.  I recall being born in the month of December in the year of 1952.

Ken, the owner of International Marine, whose manufacturing facility of the West Wight Potter was located in Inglewood, CA, introduced us as he gave me a tour.  While Ken showed me the various boats that were in different stages of completion for customers, my eye was always drawn back to “Floyd”.  Floyd, at the time was referred to as “Pinky”. Built and painted Pink to promote awareness for the “Sail 4 the Cure” campaign.  Pinky participated in several fundraising events since her birth date by the time we met.

 

During the tour of International Marine’s plant, Ken excused himself  . . . as a call came in that he had to attend to . . . upon his departure Floyd asked me why I came . . .

This was the moment . . . when Floyd and I began our friendship.  Floyd wanted to know why I came to Inglewood . . . as she felt that someone would come and take him on a journey . . . but not sure if it was, I , that she was to take the journey with.

Before I could speak, Floyd asked me if I had a child . . . I replied that I had a daughter 27 years old named Sabrina and that her mother passed away 2/14/2012 from cancer. 

Floyd asked again . . . why I came to Inglewood.  My response took me back to the mid-summer of 2000.

I told Floyd that prior to 2000, I had not experienced many friends and or family members passing away.  However, that mid-summer of 2000 changed all my perceptions about living, death, grieving, recovering and a re-awaking of our Devine purpose.

On that mid-summer of 2000, my mother was admitted to a New Haven, CT hospital for observation.  Our parents, Florence and Robert, had four sons . . . I am one of the four.

We all were there to support our mom and Dad . . . the oldest Bob was the primary care support.  To him we will always be thankful.  By November, our mom left this world to be with our lord in heaven.  Within five months, our Dad who grieved at the loss of his beloved wife went to be by her side.

 

Prior to our Dad leaving this world, he told me to live each day as if it was your last day and to take my retirement on an installment plan and give thanks to Jesus.  Our Dad wanted to share with my brothers and I that only the lord knows when it is time to go home. However, while we are here . . .  and always give something to others.

Since 2001, I have done my best to find balance as given to me by the last words of my Dad.  Since then, I have taken time from my day to day work . . . saving as much as I could to visit and connect with family that I have not seen in a long time and empty my bucket list.

As of today, most of my Uncles and Aunts have passed away (mostly from cancer) in the most recent 10 years, and all of them were as special to me as my mom and dad.  Moreover, I had an opportunity to visit with most of them before they left this world, as my dad encouraged me to do.

As Floyd listened, her sails were not Luffed . . . nor a sign that he was in irons as she quietly stood fast in the following wind.

Floyd asked again . . . why I came to Inglewood . . . I told her that I was seeking balance in my life and that of my daughter and for all those who have left this world via circumstances of living such as cancer, including those who have survived; such as my brother’s wife.

 I also shared with Floyd that it was a passion of mine to sail the 700 miles of the Sacramento River Delta waterway.

As Ken returned from his business call, Floyd and I included him into our conversation.

Long story short, we all embraced the pursuit of an adventure to Sail “Floyd” through the 700 miles of navigable waterway in the Sacramento Delta.  Floyd and I have now bonded.

Floyd since birth was not fitted for this adventure.  Ken and I, with the assistance of many references to previous Potter Owner’s modifications . . . re-fitted her so that we could make this adventure possible. 

Most stories have a beginning, middle, and end . . . The Story of Joe & Floyd is no different.  Floyd and I met on 4/7/2012, shared our history and found common grounds, and decided to ‘Sail 4 the Cure”. 

Post Script: Floyd, Bless her Heart, asked also to be fitted with oars and a motor so she could relax and enjoy our adventure.  How could I say no . . . since we fitted her with many features to make it more pleasurable for me.

Til’ we chat again, Floyd & Joe (Joe will be rowing and motoring so Floyd can relax)


 

 

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The Journey of Hull #1 by Michael Thomas

Back in 1988, I was doing a remodel in a condo on one of the upper stories of the Sunset Tower in Hollywood. Every day on my way to work, I passed an empty parking lot, behind an empty building on Sunset Blvd. Underneath a tree in the back corner, filled with leaves and trash was a very lonely and neglected boat.

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The 2012  Seattle  Boat  Show  turned out to be  the best yet!  Our Potter Pals were instrumental in making the show a success and a lot of fun.  Talking about the joys of small boat sailing and speaking about the adventures …..Without these great people the show would not have been the same I send  many many thanks  to these fantastic Pals

Captain  Larry  Bishop   a former  TWA  Pilot who is an avid  Potter 15 Sailor and  has owned  4 Potter 15’s in his  sailing  life. He has helped out at the display for several days.  Larry Resides in Anacortes Washington the Gateway to the San Juan Islands.  Larry has offered to help promote Potters and be a key contact in the North West.  We plan on having a Potter  19 under his care

Robert Taylor,  Small Boat Specialist  and avid sailor,  teacher  and  advocate  joined us  during  the show  to help.  He spoke about the Zen of Small Boat Sailing.   Robert conducts seminars on safety   and handling small boats and will be doing a Small Boat Academy in Port Townsend in May please stay tuned. Robert  lives in  Roseburg OR  and  can be  very  helpful in  meeting and greeting  and delivering and  commissioning  your  Potter Robert also  has a book  business in which he  finds  out of print copies of sort  after  editions

Jim and Dee Larsen were at the show for two weekends helping to spread the word about Potters.  Jim and Dee have a great Potter 19  in the Seattle area are avid sailors and truly love  their  boat.  I understand  it is there  place of Peace and tranquility  Summer Sails in the San Juans  and  sunset cruises in the  Seattle area They  offered to help  spread the word and would be willing  to  show their  boat  to  interested  potter people

Captain Bob Baldwin,  ASA Instructor a seasoned sailor for many years as well as a Camera Man and Film Maker was a great help during the show . Bob help people understand the Zen of Small boats and joys one gets from the beauty of moving with the wind. Bob Lives in Portland Oregon aboard a House Boat and lives sailing life to the fullest.


 

 

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Our green Potter 19 is headed for "The Price is Right" show today!


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Another Happy Member of the Potter Family.


 

 


Check out Trailer Sailing in Sail Magazine

Check out "Trailer Sailing" in Sail Magazine! 

 


 

 

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Check out the fun we had at the San Diego Boat Show

Ken enjoying the 2011 San Diego Boat Show.

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