Our new boat is unlike any we have owned, being used to classic wooden yachts and steel clunkers that don’t so much cut through the sea as bulldoze it out off the way. G-String is a lightweight Dudley Dix Caribbea 30 cruise/racer with a healthy beam and flat sections. She also sports a wing keel, which now might be old hat but to me is cutting-edge technology.
G-String was built in South Africa and sailed single-handed to the Caribbean in the mid 1990s. After some TLC, she will make a lovely cruising boat for the islands and should I ever get the urge to cross another ocean, she will be good for that too.
Here’s how G-String got her name, or at least it is one version. The boat carries a spinnaker pole in fittings on the front of the mast. When the wind reaches 10 knots and blows between the mast and pole, it causes them to resonate and the boat sings a perfect ‘G’ note. I have heard it for myself.
It’s a plausible story yet it doesn’t explain the piece of skimpy ladies apparel I found buried away at the back of the chart table. Black and frilly they were, too. Whatever the truth, I now have Bach’s beautiful Air on a G-String on my iPod and we are working on a logo for the boat that combines music and, well, underwear.