June 13th 2021 is the day all the hard work and planning will come to fruition. Long setbacks are past and adventure awaits. I’m traveling from New York to Florida (recreating the trip my Grandpa took in his teens) in my 18′ homemade wooden boat. The boat is a Carolinian dory designed by Jeff Spira and more about it’s design can be found at https://spirainternational.com/.

News story written on July 5, 1956 the day before my Grandpa set sail for Florida

Last year, on September 1st 2020, I launched the boat with the same goal I have now: Make it to Florida and recreate my Grandfather’s teenage adventure but our trip would be interrupted. My Dad and I started in Hudson, NY on the Hudson river and traveled south to Manasquan NJ when we learned my Grandpa had passed unexpectedly. The trip then had to be postponed and now, many months later, we take to the very water we left off, Manasquan NJ, to continue our journey south in Grandpa Jerry’s remembrance.

More can be read about last year’s trip here:https://www.milforddailynews.com/story/sports/2020/12/31/hopkintons-ross-comcowich-makes-most-difficult-year/4089427001/

My Grandpa did the trip when he was 16 in 1956 with three other friends on a modified coastguard life boat they named “Le Quatuor” (meaning foursome in french). I named my boat “Quatuor II” after his boat.

I’ve been charging camera and drone batteries and sorting all necessary essentials in preparation…fingers crossed I don’t forget anything.

Some basic details about the boat: Ply on frame construction using 2×4’s and 1/2″ marine grade plywood with 2-6 layers (transom and bow have more) of six ounce fiberglass cloth filled in with west systems epoxy. The deck of the boat is also fiberglassed. It has a 50hp Suzuki outboard which burns about 2.5 to 3 gallons an hour when on plane at about 18knts.

Quatuour II as it sits tonight
Didn’t have time to paint the inside of the windshield white 🙁

Preparing For Departure

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9 thoughts on “Preparing For Departure

  1. This is a hell of a story already. Recreating your Grandpa’s trip pays wonderful homage to his memory. I’m looking forward to watching your adventure unfold.

  2. Ross,
    This is a fantastic and inspiring story! We will be pulling for you, praying for you and watching your progress from here in FL as we anxiously await your safe arrival.
    Fair winds and following seas Captain.
    The Connors Family.

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