Tom and Frances’s catamaran- Alfresco, is a work of art. She is 38 ft long and 18 ft wide. When the wind is harnessed by the sail, she glides over the surface of the water with surge and power. The two hulls on each side of the boat keep her balanced and level so that they don’t heel from side to side. The mast is taller than the catamaran is long, and when you look up, the sail seems to billow out forever. Tom built her 41 years ago when he was only in his 20s. The lines of Alfresco are so streamlined and contemporary, you feel like you are looking at a vessel that is sailing across a vast ocean far off into the future.

We spent 3 days and 2 nights at Burgoyne Bay and walked along Saltspring Island in the morning to stretch out our stiff and achy sea legs. Callie did wonderfully and handled herself as a sea cat with grace, curiosity, and charm. This was her maiden voyage across the salty sea and I was a little nervous about her going overboard! It only takes one false move and over the rail, she would go. Michael and Tom saw her slip just once, but she landed on the deck and walked away with dignity as if it had all been planned and done on purpose! Every morning when Callie woke up, she investigated the boat with curiosity, checking out every nook and cranny in hopes that there was something new for her to discover.

After the third day, we headed back to Genoa Bay where Tom and Frances live. When we finished dropping Alfresco off at the dock alongside the float house, Tom took us back to the RV dingy. This time, Callie even sat up and peaked out over the water on our way back to the marina!

This is a gouache painting I did of Alfresco in 1985 when I was working on my BFA in drawing and painting at Cal State, Fullerton.

3 thoughts on “Alfresco

  1. Bri Ollre August 9, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Oh my gosh I love this (and you blog)! I’ve started taking my cat with me too when I travel and it’s so nice to see other bloggers who are more feline inclined.

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    • sevenfauesisters August 9, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Cats are more adaptable than we know. Callie is a rescue and a runaway no less, and does not want to be a couch potato… game on for her👍

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