From Chinese Junk to Land: A Liveaboard Heads to Shore After Almost 30 Years

Jul 25, 2017

Rusty Strange sold the “Sun Seeker” to Willie Hatfield, who plans to live onboard with his longtime partner. Since he bought the boat in May, Willie has painted the hull and polished the wood. May 2017. Photo by Olivia Weitz.
Credit Photo by Olivia Weitz.

There’s an old joke: the two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day they bought the boat and the day it’s sold. But for Rusty Strange, who built a Chinese Junk, by hand, and lived on board for nearly three decades it’s more complicated. 

Sun Seeker May 2017
Credit Photo by Olivia Weitz.

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The sails on Rusty Strange’s Chinese Junk are shaped by batons made of bamboo. He carries this photo around in his pocket.