My house in Appleton,
Maine. I am just now completing a ten-year project: Building a timber
frame, New England Saltbox Greek Revival home.
passive solar, with a zero-clearance fireplace and radient-panel
heating systems also. 1650 square feet.
Three bedroom, two bath, open-plan living room/dining room/kitchen.
Cathedral ceilings (traditional post & beam construction).
Located on eight acres of woodlands in a private, natural setting in
rural Maine. Fortyfive minutes to Augusta (the capitol), and 30 minutes
to the coastal cities of Penobscot Bay (Camden, Belfast, Rockland and
Rockport). The house was built entirely from the trees on the land,
using my own sawmill--all wood was air-cured a minimum of three years.
There is also a pole barn with a finished office upstairs, and a small
The land is partially cleared for a field, with fruit and nut trees
planted. I designed the house, and full plans are also available for
view from southeast (solarium & the back of the house)--there
will also be a small deck off the French Doors above.
Dining Room, looking toward the kitchen
Master Bedroom; rock maple wall paneling and floor; ash trim
California Closet (Master Bed Room)
downstairs Bedroom (the bedroom upstairs from this is similar); red oak
flooring; birch paneling
zero clearance fireplace in the living room--this unit uses outside
combustion air, and has a circulation fan to distribute heat.
can heat the entire house by itself alone. Wood storage is under the
window seats. The hearth is recessed and slate-covered.
The open hemlock staircase; paneling is ash; floor is
A Greek Revival corner column, pine storm door and steel
downstairs bathroom, with Jacuzi soak tub, shower, &
upstairs bathroom, with a loft above under the dormer (stairs to
left, behind paneling)
deck behind the house, with 17th century Japanese railing
Barn, from SW
office upstairs in the barn
Camp (AKA the Chalet)
The Appleton House,
First Floor Plan
House, Second Floor Plan
The Appleton House is for sale for
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2011DODGE JOURNEY MAINSTREET
8-PASSENGER WAGON, FWD, CLEAR TITLE, NO RUST (FLORIDA CAR), COLD A/C,
GOOD RUBBER, VERY CLEAN CAR, SATELITE RADIO, CRUISE CONTROL, FOR SALE
FOR $9,950. THE CAR IS AT MY HOME IN APPLETON, MAINE
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(SHARPIE 45 SJI) UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN FT. PIERCE, FLORIDA (SOLD)
The tent, frame, & plywood
Bottom Planking--first layer (of two)
The Hollow Box Keel, bow part (Gripe)
The Box Keel, stern part (Skeg)
The Stern, planked, & finished Keel
Turning the Hull--Bill Smith at right
Right-side-up--back in the tent
Lazarette & Cockpit framing
The Galley in frame (Aft Cabin)
Fabric/epoxy covering the Deck
The Bulwarks under construction
May '08, IBIS covered for the hot Florida
Dec '09--all exterior paintwork completed
work & varnished hardwood Trim
Lewmar Ports & Skylights installed
Book Shelves, Master Cabin
The Rudder under construction
The Bird's Mouth Mainmast glued up
Gaff Jaws being fit
Rubrails being dry-fitted
The stainless steel A-Frame for raising Masts
The Prop Shaft--Stuffing Box & Coupling
The ballasted steel Centerboard under construction, showing the 10ga
side plates welded to the pipe nose stringer. Internal web-frames holed
for pouring resin on lead
500 lbs of lead installed in the Centerboard before welding the sides
Welding the vertical upper struts for the portion of the Centerboard
that stays in the Trunk; the lower blade is a NACA 009
high-aspect-ratio foil which becomes a Fin Keel when lowered
The welded Centerboard ready for finishing
Deck Hardware installed midship (ABI)
Deck Hardware aft, including bronze brackets for stowing the Stern
Kedge. The ash Tiller is from a naturally-curved grown timber cut from
my own trees in Maine
IBIS in early March of 2009. The ISUZU diesel Engine is nearly ready to
be installed at left; Centerboard in the foreground
The Aft Cabin
The Galley (there is now a new cherry spice rack!)
Binnacle & Compass; Throtle/Shift to right
IBIS at anchor in the Bahamas
IBIS Sailing on the Bahama Banks, winter, 2010. Note the 14' Periagua
in the side davits, which is included with the purchase of IBIS.
14-foot Periagua in the side davits
IBIS's new dodger, installed in early 2011; Two new solar panels have
The windshield, side panels and connecting panel (to the Bimini top)
are all removable
using heavy-duty zippers to promote maximum comfort
IBIS Sailing in the Florida Keys
with a new owner in early 2014
Canadian first mate Becky on IBIS in the Bahamas, early
Captain Reuel with big dorado, Bahamas, 2016
Swimming pigs at Big Major's Spot, Exumas,
Becky with Black fin tuna--YUM!
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE SAILING LIFE!
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2010 RESTORED ANTIQUE FOLBOT, BY REUEL PARKER. FOR SALE
FOR $2,500 (new price)
This is a 1950's two person expedition Kayak with a 500 lb
carrying capacity. The restoration was done using Okume African
mahogany marine plywood and epoxy. Seams are glass taped.
The Restored Folbot on Senebec Pond, Maine, in October 2010.
The unrestored frame
The hull planked with Okume marine plywood
Right-side up, epoxy sealed, deck framing in place
Interior painted with epoxy
The finished 3mm Okume deck and cockpit coamings
The completed restoration, showing "Crazy
Creek" kayak seats and restored original aluminum hardware
The kick-up rudder
Creek" seats fold down to provide access to the lazarette. The seats
can be removed for sitting around the campfire.
The Folbot on my VW Golf--it weighs
about 85lbs, but is longer than the
Reuel Parker paddling with his
neighbors Claire and Cabot Adams. The
custom Parker Marine right-hand-rotation paddles come with the boat.
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The Pilot Schooner 60
LEOPARD was sold in early 2014. If this is
your dream boat, our builders can create a new one for you.
There is more information,
photos and drawings of LEOPARD throughout our website. She appears on
the PLAN PAGE, the GALLERY PAGE, the INTERIORS PAGE and the
CONSTRUCTION PAGE, where you can view sequential photos of her being
built. You can see her specifications by following the links from the
LEOPARD is an ultimate world cruising sailboat for real
sailing people. With a draft of only four feet, she can go where other
cruising boats cannot imagine going. But with her huge foil-shaped
centerboard down, she draws 9' 6", and with her overlapping lug fors'l,
can beat to weather rapidly and efficiently, pointing high. LEOPARD is
a very fast sailer, consistently exceeding her hull speed and cruising
at 11 and 12 knots. She has won numerous races, including the 1994
Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. She sleeps ten people. She can
carry provisions for long cruises and ocean passages. Parker Marine has
computed Weight Spread Sheets and Full Hydrostatic Studies for LEOPARD,
available with Plans purchase. She is self-righting from full knockdown
in the water), and is a very stiff sailer. The Pilot Schooner 60 may
also be built as a charter boat, and there is a full-keel option
included with plans.
LEOPARD was remodeled in early
1999 by Reuel Parker and Bill Smith to her new owner's requirements.
has an owner's sleeping cabin where the office was, and the
office is now aft in the old captains cabin (quarter berth, stbd side).
The port-side cargo bay was remodeled as a double cabin with head, and
an additional fuel tank was added in the stbd-side bay.
Please email me for more information
about the Pilot Schooner 60. This is a unique opportunity to own one of
extraordinary historic replicas of an early 19th century Virginia Pilot
Schooner. LEOPARD can be USCG certified as a 49-passenger charter boat.
LEOPARD is listed in the Registry of Tall Ships.
LEOPARD anchored off Norman's Cay, Exumas, in five feet of