Shortly after purchasing #16 (which we renamed Pixie),
we decided to move forward with the realization of a
long-time dream: move a bit further north and
inland to seek a bit of tranquility on a large piece of
property somewhere, where we could create our own
"inland island", so to speak. We presently found
50 acres in Whitefield, ME that fit the bill, and in
March 2005 we closed on the purchase.
The long and short of this
is that the decision to move and build a new shop for my
business as well as a new house on the undeveloped land
forced us to postpone thinking about the Pixie
project for some time.
During the spring,
summer, and fall of 2005, we worked on infrastructure at
the new property--buried power, a well, and a driveway.
In late fall 2005, we began construction of a 40x60'
shop for my
and which would also house Pixie during her
extensive reconstruction. If you're interested in
the shop construction details, please click
this link for more information.
any event, with the new building more or less complete
in early 2006, and a thoughtfully snowless winter, I
arranged to have Pixie transported to the new
building in mid-February. With the boat indoors at
last, it seemed that I might soon be able to start the
extensive demolition work required and begin making
plans for rebuilding.
morning of the transport, I began early by removing the
cover from the boat. When Steve Morse arrived
around 0830, the boat was ready to go, and was shortly
loaded on the trailer. After a few minutes spent
loading the main-and mizzen masts onto the trailer
(actually, the mizzen went right inside the boat) and
strapping the boat down, we were ready to go.