The following shots are inside my yacht, Mas Alegre.
What a mess!!! But, if you look closely, there's nothing there that doesn't belong there.
*Ahem.* ...O.K. it's a mess.
The inlay on the folding table (above) was done by an elderly and respected Tongan wood carver in 1988 in Vavau, Tonga.
I took the table out of the boat, took it ashore, found his house and said, "Please put a carving here" pointing to the blank space on the front of the table.
He said, "What do you want there?"
I replied, "Put whatever you like there, it is entirely up to you" and left.
I returned in two days to find that he had inlaid a Spotted Eagle Ray in the table as you can see above.
He used just about every endangered species you can name, like Turtle shell, Whale bone, Sea Snail shell and Black Coral. I was shocked. Not at the materials he used but that he had chosen the Spotted Eagle Ray.
He had never been inside Mas Alegre and had not known that I was the photographer who took the photo you see on the bulkhead above.
Do you hear the theme from Twilight Zone playing now?
Oh, and the Hong Kong Sea Scouts practice kyaking right outside of my boat, so I thought I'd show you how they look.
Yacht Mas Alegre in Hong Kong
This is Mas Alegre in the Hebe Haven Yacht Club marina in Hong Kong 2005.
She is a Standfast 40, designed and built by Franz Maas in 1973 for ocean racing.
She is now fully equipped for long distance sailing and SCUBA diving.
Here's a shot of one of the two best crew people with whom I have had the pleasure of sailing.
This is Jill Leonard who is an American woman I met in New Zealand. She and I sailed from Papua New Guinea to Hong Kong through The Hermit Islands, Palau and the Phillipines in 2003 to 2004.
It was an adventurous, smooth and very enjoyable 3000 mile sail because of Jill and, of course Lik Lik who you see there too.
Jill is now living with her husband and newborn baby girl (beautiful, by the way) somewhere in Oregon in the U.S.A.
Oh, the other person I was lucky enough to sail with is Julie Spencer. Julie and I sailed around the world together from 1987 to 1993. You'll see pictures of Julie and that trip HERE.
A Memoir by Ed Vaughan
25 years of photography, sailing & SCUBA diving around the world.