I am the Dirigo II.
I have 80 years beneath my keel. I was designed by a genius and am the culmination of 400
hundred years of hand hewn sailing technology. From fir trees in Maine they made my keel and fromthe rainforest came my teak deck. In my bilge I am full of lead. I am beautiful, a bit mysterious and I have known true love and what its like to loose it.
I’ve circumnavigated the world not once, but twice. I’ve been in a book and on TV.
Thousands of people have sailed with me and a few hundred have come with me out of sight of land. I don’t remember them all but I think many remember me. More than one family was raised in my hull. Did I tell you I am fast and I love to race? You should see me under a full press of canvas!
I’ve always been here and my people come and go. Once I was forgotten. You might know what that feels like. When I was found I didn’t know how much longer I could hold on. I let go when I knew
someone would catch meand the water began to overwhelm my pumps. That was ten years ago.
I’m not forgotten anymore. Love looks good on me. The commission on my design said I was to be
built for ‘any ocean, any weather.’
With my captain and crew I am ready to fulfill that promise once again.