Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Well, at least that what I am trying for. Sanding and scraping lead to lots of reflective thinking. Hours by yourself doing repetitive motions. Sometimes I sing real loud with the radio, mostly though I replay videos in my head and time travel.
What is it about trailer lights? It seems like they work for only the first day you hook them up and may not even that long when someone clips you in the parking lot. The little gremlins (opposite of Brownies) get in there and break the wires inside the insulation, or burn out the bulbs, or corrode the fittings.
Lucky for me, this girl has a trailer light fixer who doesn't complain much. He gets his rewards.
Posted by uurchin at 5:35 PM
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Sanded, still fairing.
Put a coat of low viscosity epoxy on SPARTINA today. It is cold, so the epoxy should level out better. I also used a slow kicker. Went home to warm up. My diploma came in the mail. It is huge, 320 square inches.
She is back in the shop. Most of her original parts are there. She has some 10year old masking tape to start sanding off. Got to see some great old photos of the construction. These three tuck-ups (TOP PRIORITY, TOFU, and ARTEMIS)were built by John Brady on the barge almost twenty-five years ago. TOFU became Marion Brewington which is now owned by the Del Val TSCA. The other two were supposed to be the Edwin Brownlee and ... Joeseph Leiner. ARTEMIS was never renamed since she went directly to her owner. She is in the ISM small boat collection now.
There are two rigs for this boat. A racing rig which will need a new mast and gaff, and a pleasure sprit rig. One year, an Ohio tuck-up won the constitution cup with a sprit rig because she was lighter, only carrying two crew members.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Silent Maid has a nice little diesel stove made by Wallace. It has a ceramic cook top when the lid is open and acts as a cabin heater when the lid is down. A squirrel cage blower forces air over the cook top to heat the air. I've used it to dry things out and it does warm the cabin well when the companionway hatches are closed.
John made a beautiful cover for the vent stack by gluing up a birdsmouth tube from 1/4" mahogany and giving it an "S" curve by clamping it to a scribed pattern before the epoxy kicked.
Silent Maid left today in the remanents of a NorthEaster. She was towed, instead of sailed, by HURRICANE, her owners workboat.
See Henry in the Chesapeake on Silent Maid's FaceBook page.
I spent the morning making a keel plank for the sharpie. Charles rough cut and planed it yesterday. I measured and recut it and jointed the sides straight. Dave was trimming the centerboard slot yesterday with the router.
TSCA members are invited to come work on the ISM tuckup on Monday nights 5-8pm and some weekends starting with Oct. 26. Skip the first Monday in Nov. Then call me and let me know you are coming. I'll send out an email to TSCA members.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
St. Michael's, MD
Saturday I spent judging beautiful boats and speaking with their owners. What a privilege to get to meet a bunch a great folks. This was a very different year from me. I was more on the other side of the event. We didn't camp this year since we had the luxury suite on SILENT MAID, berthed on the crab shack dock. We got a fast cruise (and baptism) on EDMEE S. the seaport's log canoe.
To see some absolutely beautiful images of three year's of MASCFs look at Eye in Hand
Here's one of me taken by Barry.
Here is a melonseed blog inspired (maybe) by a MASCF.