Friday, December 31, 2010


My favorite man dressed to race in the Carnival Caper race in Chatham's First Night. He wanted to be a barkentine, but with only two masts it got abbreviated to a brig. Happy New Year!

Ice on the Eelgrass

Quanset pond in the morning.

Friday, December 24, 2010


The 3D prints of SILENT MAID from Shapeways came today, a bit late for Christmas giving, but that was my error in uploading the model. Peter did a beautiful job creating the file in SolidWorks from the original hull drawings. One of the little models made it to the tree, sailing among the boughs.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Beaton's Boatyard and SILENT MAID

Post on SILENT MAIDs facebook page. Her hull is sanded clean of varnish and stain.

Kids Visit the Old Silent Maid

snow day. Friends stopped by the shop to see old SILENT MAID before she leaves. Curiosity raised its head about, "How did we live on the boat?" Here is a short video that shows the replica motoring back up the Chesapeake toward the canal.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Paul & I worked on chocks tonight, planning out all the steps involved and making some fixtures.
First, we made decisions about numbers, sizes, shapes and systems. Then, he cut & selected the oak according to grain pattern. Paul created new patterns while I made a fixture for routing. The steps involved are; roughing the strips to size, marking and drilling the pin holes for the curved router cut. cutting the groove, (that's as far as we got tonite, will finish next week.) Cleaning out the router cut, drilling pilot holes, cutting the curve for the back, shaping the top with a bandsaw cut, reassembly, shaping the sides with a bandsaw cut, making a holding fixture and rounding the edges, finishing with sanding and varnish. Lot of steps for a small production run of twenty.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Work on Silent Maid is Ending Soon

More Varnish, more paint, less tape. Soon she will be ready for her cradle fitting and then a move to the warehouse until her new berth inside the museum is ready.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Comet Not a Rocket

The Comet is getting new inner keel, bottom planking outer keel. The bottom of a comet is not a simple curve so planks must be spilled to fit. There is a lot of fussy work here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

COMET keel

Coming along.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

TSCA Tuesday

Christmas Party at the Cafe Gallery

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sanding and Printing

Sent a bunch of items to Shapeways to get them printed in different media. Some areas too thin, have to revise CAD model. Sanded the masts and gave them a last coat of sealer. Ready for varnish next.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

two masts

sanded and sealed

Wednesday, December 1, 2010