Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Wayfinder Build: Part 1 – The Design

There is no such thing as a perfect boat. Every choice is a compromise. What I love about the St. Francis is that you even have choices. These are semi-custom boats, in that the hull molds are reused and structural bulkheads can’t be changed, but everything else is up to you and what you are willing to spend. Many of the options don’t cost a thing. Since the furniture is hand-built, rather than popped out of molds, you can travel to the yard in St. Francis Bay, South Africa and lay…

The St. Francis 50

Three different boat shows. Countless hours on websites. A flood of emails from boat builders, calls from brokers, visits to yards where various catamarans are manufactured. And we kept coming back to the same boat, over and over. There is no such thing as a perfect boat. Each model has a feature you love and is missing some feature you want. No one model has them all. What we all dream of is a fast boat that can take a pounding, can hold everything we want to take with us, and doesn’t…

Ends and Beginnings

We spent one week every summer at a family beach house in North Carolina. All I could think about on the interminable drive to the sea was the small SunFish sailboat sitting in the garage of that house. Kicking off my shirt and shoes as soon as we arrived, I would drag the small boat to the sound at the back of the house and spend the next week tacking and gybing. If there was no wind, I worked the tiller back and forth to barely make way. As a very…