Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Art Show

1622 Chestnut Street, Phila
Photo of ELF during her sea trials with the new topsail rig and a slice of one of her spars. Next to a great Martone painting of Utah.

Monday, November 29, 2010

More Conservation Work on Old Silent Maid

The crew is using a water level to place the boot stripe around SlLENT MAIDs hull and the TSCA guys are working on the last couple spars.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Keeping Up

and keeping warm. Nothing like a woodstove to keep you hopping. Bring in more wood, toast the other side.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Rail and Case

Newt reinstalled the grab rails on Old Silent Maid. They look very tiny compared to the brass pipe rails on the Replica Silent Maid, especially when you think about the ton or more of human ballast hanging off the side.
Jackie & I worked on the comet, stabilizing the new frames and then removing the inner keel. It had to come off in pieces because it was glued to the centerboard case with Resorcinol and the case was rabbeted. Chisel work.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


These images are photographs of photographs from the collection of John Brady at Workshop on the Water. John and his crew built BEAR in the mid '90s. Here you see her with the full rig, before it was cut down to a more sustainable and manageable size. This is some sail power!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

End of Season

Quanset Pond and Pleasant Bay

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cape Fall

Cold and crisp. First frost up here. Crunchy grass. Warmed up the next day enough to go for a long walk on the beach. We were looking for the wreck that had been uncovered by the overwash at Pochet a few days earlier, but it had already been covered again. Nice log walk and gam. Lunch and Macintosh pie afterward. Fall and winter colors here are amazing. Too cold for sailing.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nice Going

Paul, Paul, Ed, and Mike, and me. Worked on spars tonite, One sanded and sealed, another on the lathe, and the last one (still in staves, counted and spliced.) Not too much sawdust on account of fresh paint on Maid. Sheerstrake dutchman in and puttied. One little anomaly, a knothole plug that was the wrong grain direction and nailed in. A little piece of revisionist history gone.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Painted old Silent Maid's deck & housetop with Jeff & Dave today. It was pouring outside in Philly, but we poured the sunshine on the canvas. It was really yellow. Jeff tried to tone it down by adding white. Very scientific. Meanwhile, Hartly & Bob reattached the brass rub rails, Doc was fixing stuff, Newt & Rick were varnishing more Maid parts, and Joe and Jamaica were fixing the Comet. Full house today. Took lots of pictures on the shop camera. Left it in the shop. Brady received the annual TSCA calendar from Andy. Great shots of the messabout & St. Mikes. I am in one, but you had to be there to know. The sail hides all the occupants. Gotta go grade math.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Arey's Images

Cape bound. Thinking of Arey's Pond and the sailing from the summer past. It was very fun motoring out to Little Pleasant Bay from the dinghy dock rather than paddling out from the public landing.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

More Conservation Work

Interior painting begun.
Setting cracks in sheer planks. The hogging keeps showing up. The sheer plank is not cedar. Perhaps cypress.

Details on the Comet plans.

Scarfing in a dutchman after removing the cracked part of the plank.