Sunday, October 31, 2010


Doc arrives at the shop by bicycle most afternoons. He has a way with metal edge tools and gives them a nice sharp polish. I love to pick up a plane or chisel he has worked on. It will sure be evenly ground and superbly homed.

Friday, October 29, 2010


BEAR CUB has a beautiful bronze prop protector, very sculptural.

The little electric boat was loaded on her trailer today to make room for MISLEADING LADY. She will be coming down off her overhead rack for interior work soon as the fork lift arrives. Spent a long time talking with two guys rom Texas who really liked boats. Doc & I spent time dreaming about log canoes and E-scows while waiting for BEAR CUBs trailer. The tide was so far out afterlunch the mud was showing over by the Penn's Landing slips. OLYMPIA was way pround, showing off her under skirt.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Half crew at the shop working on MAID, half at the warehouse dealing with DAISY. Finished reinstalling the companionway trim staves on SILENT MAID, the elder sister. Newt worked out bulkhead issues while Gina sanded. Took lots of detail photos of MAIDs insides while her planking and bunk boards were up.

Found some beautiful little details that I hadn't noticed before. Her port holes are not all the same size. They are smaller forward and larger in the galley and head as her cabin top rises toward the cockpit. Most of her interior lighting is cheesy 50's stamped metal, but over the galley was a little rectangular metal lamp with frosted glass lights.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Original

SILENT MAID in the shop is getting yet more varnish, Doc, Newt, Rick were working on MAID, old girl. Put her hatch molding back on, shiny. The rest of the crew were at the warehouse. Meet the marine surveyor, Charles DeRoko, who finished surveying OLYMPIA and is bworking on BECUNA. Newt has a way with visitors and keeps them entertained. JB is back in the office doing manager stuff.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Silent Maid Sails Home

Last post of the summer trip on Silent Maid's Blog

Friday, October 22, 2010

Watching Paint Dry

Priming the bottom of original SILENT MAID. Work is progressing. Gina Charles and I removed bits of interior woodwork for varnishing on the bench.

Work also began this week on JS's comet
(does it have a name besides 2764?) Trailer went out of the shop and Look who's back.

Old bow - new bow, Gallivanting GAZELLA passing NEW JERSEY on her way back upriver. JB says more like old and older :-)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

6 hr Canoe Row

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Coming through the Amtrak bridge and waiting for the Rt. 35 bridge between Brielle and Pt. Pleasant.

SILENT MAID (the replica) is back at Beaton's Boatyard. She made a beautiful passage from Liberty Landing to Brick, NJ on one tack avg. 6 kts. Sailed in Manasquan inlet.

Beaton's posted some great shots on facebook.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Last Leg

Dropped the crew in Jersey City at Liberty Landing with their provisions. Good wind predicted for the morning.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Original Silent Maid

Details from the grand old girl. New paint on the planks. Cabin top has new canvas, Starting to reassemble and varnish her insides. Check out the electrical panel and the grown knees around the partners. She has bronze straps leading from the chain plates to the keel.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Buoy 36

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

3rd Philly WoodenBoat Festival

Picutes from the Boat basin at Penn's Landing on Columbus Day Saturday.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Philaseaport Wooden Boat Festival

Sunny weather, good company, exhibitors on the dock. A beautiful new Bolger schooner, ARTISTS PROOF, tuckup TOP PRIORITY and GYNLYN an H-28 Herreschoff in the basin and lots of other boats. SILENT MAID (original) in the boatshop looking fine. pix soon.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Phila Wooden Boat Festival

Oct 9, Penns Landing Boat Basin
Dock St and Columbus Blvd
8am to put in boats

Pictures coming soon.

Friday, October 1, 2010

September SWELL

Oyster Bay 2

morning glass sea in Greenwich.

MAID SERVICE makes a bigger wake than we do.

A minute away from the boys.

Racing in Oyster Bay, light crew, one reef in to start and we win anyway.

Dinner in the cockpit on a nice cool dry evening

Surprise fireworks! No one we talked to knew what they were for.

Skipper updates the boats blog.

Morning. There are three guys sleeping in there and one squirrel with the camera.

Sunrise over the mooring field.

Chores include cleaning the boat, JS is always on the lookout for great ape hair. Not mine anyway.

It rained all Sunday night, Monday morning, Monday afternoon and Monday night. After about an hour, the rain works its way inside via the wrists and necks, and seams of the spray bibs and tops. You are wet through.

You would not believe what you have to get out of just to use the head.