Daisy

Daisy is a “Teak Lady,” fractional-rig sloop, one of ten built in 1939 at the Ah King shipyard in Hong Kong. The Chinese shipwrights lived in the yard, sleeping on pallets near the boats and sending most of their salaries home to their families, keeping a little for themselves to purchase opium. Without access to power tools, they shaped the wood with adzes and planes.

Daisy was restored in 2002 at the NW School for Wooden Boats in Port Hadlock. I purchased Daisy in May 2018 and have since stripped and revarnished her brightwork, painted her decks; scrubbed, varnished, painted and outfitted the interior of her small cabin, and replaced some of her hardware.

In 1940, a Teak Lady (it could have been Daisy, but I cannot be sure) was sailed by the newly-married Charles and Rosalie Borden from Monterey CA to Hawaii. At the time, it was the smallest boat to make that passage. Not surprisingly, the marriage did not last long after that voyage.

I wanted a wood boat that was beautiful, that I could easily single-hand, that could take some weather and was suitable for cruising. I am so glad I found Daisy, who meets all those requirements.