Thursday, April 30, 2009

Night work

Glassed in the forward bulkhead and fit the center bulkheads. Planned a new home for the extra bee hive down by the pod.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Here is my trash from building this boat so far. It is mostly sticky tape and used gloves from epoxy. It is at the six inch mark for the end of April.

Sanding, sanding. Never ends. That was What I did on SPARTINA today.

Worked a bit at the seaport, screwing down the deck on the sneakbox after Hartley faired the curve and matched the angles. Sneakbox angles are sharp.
SILENT MAID was getting her deck glued down and bolts made to hold on her 1600 lbs plus keel ballast.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Steady as She Goes

I've been putting in hours over the last three days, laing down paper fillets. Photos to follow soon.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April showers

Silent Maid gets her deck assembled.
The sneakbox also gets her deck assembled.
Bobby & I work on laminating two more cabin top beams.
I cry a lot this week.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Both the sneakbox and Silent Maid were getting Decking today. In my absence last week the ducker was painted and dumped in the river to take up. I was painting primer a bit using a mirror to check the underside of the deckbeams of the sneakbox. Rained all day today. Been a rainy week.

My bees swarmed on Thursday last, so I dumped them into a new box. Came home from the cape, they were still there. Got to move them a little each night to get the new hive back with the other one.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


used a plumb bob on a level boat to locate the seat risers. mocked up seating. Sanded.

Monday, April 13, 2009

back from the Cape

Lots of Wind & Rain. Long white coomers rolling in along the barrier beach.

I spent today sanding and gluing the seat supports for the cs17

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Sanded paint off the bottom of a Delaware Ducker so we can put bottom paint on it and leave it in the river for the summer.

Here is the marking guage I used to mark the outside bevel on the sneakbox planks from the deckbeams.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


One minute it is sunny and nice. Next it's cold and rainy.

TSCA April Sandbaggers

Met at the museum. John gave a wonderful talk on the sandbagger builds and various rigs. This boat is the sneakbox. The CHAD kids have primed it already.

Cradle and Bow

Shortened the cradle today to make sanding easier. It was nice to have it up high for the unfolding part, but now that I have to work on the inside and all the wires are out, it is easier down low. I am glad I put the wheels on. It rolls nicely in a straight line so even from the ladder I could pull it to a new workspace.

I finished pulling the wires from the bow section. Like orthodontics in a big way. I had to go to my orthodontist today. She is the best.

Faired and sanded the joints between sides & bottom.

Yesterday, I installed the inner keel and taped the bow seams. Installed an oak backing plate for the bow eye. Faired the seat supports.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Spent the day making fillets on the chines of the core sound. Also paid the rent on my workspace: trips to the dumpster, hanging a couple sheets of rock, shifting shelves and sweeping. Plan to go back and glass the inside joints.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sneakbox Slick

Thursday, Charles & I began adding the next-to-last planks. When these were scribed, planed, and screwed in place, we ran stock for the two sheer strakes. They were milled down to 1/2 inch and then we traced to old planks plus two inches and cut them out. We just got them clamped on when it was time to go.

On Friday, I scribed and fit the two sheer strakes and screwed them on. John and the rest of the guys flipped the boat.

I made a modest repair to the mast partners and then chopped the sheer line with a slick. What a great tool! It is a very heavy two handed chisel that goes through half inch cedar like butter. First, though I had to mark it using a batten on the inside to the tops of the deck-beams. A few had to be adjusted. The outside of the planks were marked with a gauge. I'll put a pic of that up later.
On a sneackbox the deck is laid on top of the planks and screwed to them, so the angle chopped and planed off has to match that of the deck-beams.


Here is the challenge ducker for the poling race. Workshop vs the TSCA.

Last, here is a close-up of the home-made mahgony plywood for the deckhouse of the Silent Maid.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sci Fair

It's over. Back to work on boats.