Schooner Mahdee Hats

Schooner Hat by Adams

Everyone needs a hat. Especially a schooner hat. In particular a Schooner Mahdee hat. Indeed it’s a nice thing. We’ve been thinking about custom boat hats for Mahdee for a while now — and here we have them for Schooner Mahdee friends and followers — or just about anyone who’d like to have a nice hat with a good looking schooner on it.

This low profile pigment dyed cap is perfect aboard the boat to keep the sun and salt spray out of your eyes and looks great for wearing around town, too. The 100% garment-washed cotton and cotton twill, 6-panel, unstructured, low-profile hat with bill, includes a nice tuck-away leather adjustable strap with antiqued brass buckle and grommet. Inside, it has a matching cotton sweat band and a Cool-Crown mesh lining.

Visit the Schooner Mahdee store in the Schooner Chandlery marketplace where you can select one of six colors from two nautical color paths–the first path includes bright Poppy red, Forest green, and Royal blue; the second more traditional color path includes Spruce green, Midnight blue, and Burgundy red. All hats are embroidered in antique white and golden brown threads with the Schooner Mahdee name and feature Mahdee under full sail.

The Privateer Knot Revisited

I just had someone ask me for info on how to make the Privateer Knot so I thought I’d post a photo and drawing as well as a link to the online “Instructable” for the knot. I wrote about the Privateer Knot several years ago on the blog here. The knot was named for Schooner Mahdee — she was known as Schooner Privateer from 1953 until 1983. The story and reference to Mahdee is told in Marino’s 2001 Sailmakers Apprentice which you can get online at Amazon and other places.

Privateer Knot Instructions

Privateer Knot on main boom

Rainy Weather & the Sugar Dock

After the rains a week ago, David and I watched a good bit of debris pass our anchored boat. The logs, trash, and occasional big tree limbs were carried by the swift storm waters in the main flow of the slough and we patted ourselves on the back for anchoring in a widened nook out of the currents. Even so, a couple days after the rains ended the waters turned muddy from runoff far upstream in the Sacramento and the current quickened and brought even more debris.  Continue reading

The Bootstrap Adventure

So the latest black hole that all my time seems to be going into? Ah, well it started as something different–and the something different is still in the works: a website that combines several of my personal loves: schooners, the ocean, and entrepreneurship. That’s still coming along. Out of the development work popped a nice little bit of software that David and I decided to test out in a different market while we got our “ocean-schooner-entrepreneurship” ducks in a row.

Thus emerged Bootstrap Adventure as a site that would allow us to test the new software and support a community of outdoor adventurers at the same time.  How nice.  Now the devil’s in the details and we seem to be consumed by those for the time being.  I’m excited about our new peer-to-peer multi vendor marketplace for outdoor enthusiasts. Let me tell you more about it:

Our mission is to help adventurers – real or armchair – connect in a community-driven marketplace, Bootstrap Adventure.

If you’re an adventurer, why become part of the Bootstrap Adventure community? We know you have a dream, a goal, a wish, and we believe we can help you make it a reality. We are building a collaborative platform that values the spirit of adventure, under-utilized resources, and the natural environment. Together we can make epic adventures.

There’s a new Facebook Page for Bootstrap Adventure, please “like” the page if you support this new community. The beta version of the peer-to-peer marketplace is live at and provides a marketplace for adventurers to outfit or swap gear, teach & learn outdoor adventure skills, as well as advertise for and find trip partners.  Please become part of our community by signing up and using the marketplace.  P.S.  It’s FREE.

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Mast Hoops and Jackline Thimbles

There are some things which are SO truly circa 1931 aboard our schooner Mahdee. The latigo leathered mast hoops and brass thimbles along the jackline attaching the foresail to the foremast. Yup, I love it. Downright “shippy” and fun, too. Don’t even get me started on the leathered gaff saddle, the gaff foresail or the tradition of using blocks rather than winches for peak and throat halyards.


PS–I do have to admit that under all the leather I covered them with, the mast hoops are actually plastic rather than traditional steamed wood. They’re holding up great and look great as well.

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