Tom Dale was recently featured in an article in the Orange County Register telling the tale of his 27 years of crafting a 28-foot handmade Irish Galway Hooker work boat in his back yard and in a local marina. He planned to sail the boat, the Astray, to its new home in Morro Bay, in August.
His new boat lasted less than a full day in the open sea. He struck a sand bar shortly before midnight on August 21, and the boat was pounded by 8 foot waves that left it a total loss. For his 27 years of work, all Dale has to show for it is a $60,000 insurance claim. That works out to a little more than $2,000 a year for his efforts. How does it feel? "It's like having to view the corpse of a relative," according to Dale. He didn't specify which relative.