Sunday, October 6, 2013

Spreader Fabrication

 These were cut from ash trees from Tauno's property. They will be around 7.5 feet each. Laminated from two planks glued with opposing grains.  Clamped and glued using epoxy resin. Planed with a power planer. Sanding will be the next step. I have not been able to find brackets or end fitting yet--they will most likely need to be fabricated.


New epoxy for the house top

Fresh epoxy coating on the house top. Getting ready to spread Kiwigrip non-slip paint.  We're losing are warm temperatures in the northeast so we're trying to get in as much painting as possible before winter arrives.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hull painted

We finally got two coats of Interlux Perfection, jet black on the hull. Rolling and tipping, the method used by amateur boat builders  is definitely a skill that we are trying to master.Roll on a thin layer, and use the tip of the brush to knock down bubbles and "orange peel" texture. Too thick, and you get sags and brush marks.  Too thin and it doesn't seem to flow properly.  In areas where we got it right, it looks like it was sprayed.

Cutting boom lumber

                                                                           

 We need a boom 22 feet long. Tauno found a white pine that had blown over in a storm on his property. We cut it from it's base and dragged it to his sawmill where we cut it into a beam and then cut the beam into quarters.  The four pieces were bound and stickered for seasoning over the winter.  In the spring we'll reverse all of the quarter-sawn pieces and glue them together. Reversing the grain will tend to remove natural "checks" or warps from occuring.  We'll then place the solid beam back into the sawmill and create an octagonal spar, which will then be power-planed to a round boom spar.



Locust Planks


Her you see Tauno cutting planks from locust tree that was removed in downtown Salem New York. We were able to produce about a dozen planks 2 inches by 18-26 inches, by approximately 12 feet. We'll let these dry over the winter and use them to make the  traditional Slocum Spray gallows. 

Bowsprit dry-fit

We are dry-fitting the bowsprit and the gammon iron after a bit of modification.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Deck View- Sanding the house

Getting prepared to paint the top of the house with Awlgrip non-skid. That's my nephew on the bow doing the  final inspection. :-)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Binnacle/wheel rough fit

Here is the rough-fit wheel and binnacle. The binnacle was made from locust that was cut on Tauno's property. 4 stainless threaded rods will pass through the binnacle and down though beams that support the cockpit floor. Tauno next will fabricate the top to include space for throttle/gearshift, bowthruster controls, gauges, and chart plotter. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Photo Book

Check out our new photo book  link to the right or use this link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/88424698@N06/

Bowsprit Heel, Gammon Iron

 Here you see the bowsprit heel that has been faired and stained. As you might recall from a previous post the heel will butt against the sampson posts.
You see the modification I made to the gammon iron below. We'll be moving this fitting to the bow. ( more precisely we will be using it as a gammon iron vs. a cranse- I think that is correct!) When it was in service on a friend's boat it was a few feet beyond the bow. This fitting had pulpit pipe supports on each side which will no longer work. I cut them both off and am beginning to refinish the fitting. I first use the grinder, then various grades of sandpaper with a random orbital sander, then use a high speed buffing wheel.  I use a double wheel, first tripoli, then rouge.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Turnbuckles,blocks, binnacle compass

 It has been a constant treasure hunt to find all of the rigging.  Ebay, Craigslist, Wickford Marine Consignment, Mystic Marine Consignment, Mystic Woodenboat Show were all regular sources for parts over the past few years. 



Rudder Finished

 My uncle was in a severe car accident the day after finishing the rudder. He never recovered.
As I previously mentioned, the rudder was made from locust that was cut on Tauno's property. Individual sections were epoxied around a stainless steel frame. We're close to installation. ( looking for a used stuffing box)

Stained Bulwarks and Stern rail


Bulwarks stained

We stained the bulwarks and rails. We're still waiting for warmer weather to finish priming and painting the hull.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


We have come out of hibernation and started to gear up for the summer. Last year we primed the hull from rub rail to water line. We spent many days sanding last year in preparation for paint,stain and varnish this year. We finally have decided on a stain color for the rub rail which you see Tauno beginning to apply.