Beaton bits and a sailing video.

Here are a few pics of goings on at Beaton’s over the past few months.  Spring has long sprung with the usual bustle at Beaton’s.  The docks are getting full and the average water levels have reached ideal Sjogin conditions.

Serena, the Joel White Flatfish and the A-Cat Lightning looking Beaton Fresh.  Serena was built at Beaton’s a while ago.  She’s a sistership to Charlotte, built by them in 2003.  The building mold is in the yard and ready to go.  They’re great daysailers with shallow draft.  Give Tom a call.

The rebuilt foot of a very large catboat mast.  This one will live again thanks to the attention of Paul Smith.

At the other end of the mast work at Beaton’s scale is Speedwell’s new mast foot.  I had Paul remake the foot to match the existing Duckboat mast step.  With the limited bury it will make the rig more secure.   It had a round foot that would allow the mast to rotate as spritsail did.  This may give me a chance to setting up the sail as a lug.  We’ll see.

New decking in front of the South Shed whose East wall still bears the sctatches and dings from Sandy.  Our community will have them for a long time.

Once again WoodenBoat has seen fit to have me write an article for them.  It’s in the May/June 2018 issue of WoodenBoat Magazine and tells the story of a boat that once again graces the waters of upper Barnegat Bay.  There’s also a sidebar celebrating 54 years of Paul’s work at Beaton’s.

And here’s a video taken a few weeks ago just as the marsh was starting to green up.  If you keep you focus narrow it’s easy to imagine what it was like a few hundred years ago.  Hove to of course.

Happy New Year!

A chilly start to the year. After a fairly mild December, Winter has set up camp for the duration. Here are three pics from my first visit of the year. Delighted to find little to pump. Good so far with a nasty Northeaster on the way.

 

 

 

Best wishes for a Happier New Year to all. Thanks for following along for another year.

Looks like it may be a while for that first sail of 2018.

Russ

Recent Sjogin pics

And the first sail of this year and the bright, new Spring we are supposed to be having.  Too dry and cold so far and little water in the Bay.

Sjogin has been taking up nicely with just a slow weep.  She hasn’t been out in brisk winds yet but she seems as tight as ever.  (Touch wood.)

Enjoy the pics.


Last snow of the year on deck.  It makes the warmth from the stove just that much better.



View from the spar shed.  Nice spot protected from the northeast.  There’s a greater chance of icing over in here but the protection’s worth it.  (and little persistent ice this past Winter.



Calm day waiting for water and a breeze.  Please excuse the temporary blue tape mast boot.  Better system on its way.



New tiller from Paul Smith.  It’ll weather for a bit and then be finished bright.



Another breathless day at Beaton’s.  It never gets old.



Ready to go for the first sail of the New Year and Spring.  It’s always a thrill to go for that first one after a lay-up.  Thanks to Paul and the folks at Beaton’s Sjogin’s ready for another season on Barnegat Bay.



Hove to off Swan Point once more.  Sjogin hasn’t forgotten how.



Your Happy Skipper under way.  The new tiller allows sitting on the seats when driving.  Most comfortable.


Back at the dock after two missed attempts; one too fast and one to slow. The last one was just right.  Need practice.


Back in her Summer position.  A bit early but hope springs eternal…

A fine draw with the raised smoke head with far fewer puff backs.


Sjogin’s nod to the Modern Age.  New Solar panel keeps the battery topped up.  When on board it slips under the seat with no visible wires.  Then its back to the 19th Century.


Recent read down below about sailing a 22′ Catboat sans engine in one of the finest but challenging cruising grounds anywhere.  Mr. Cheney (not that one) and I have a similar sailing philosophy.  He too sails slow.


Bosun’s work: making a strop to be used as the jib tack.  Note the new bronze snap from the extensive legacy of a local legend.  RIP Bad Bob.


New sounding lead salvaged by Paul.  It works far better than a two inch square nut.

Well, here we are after another pause.  The above pics had their captions removed and order changed with a dumb click on my part so you may find new details and a changed pic.

Trust some still enjoy this format.  I seem to treat it as a monthly than as a more frequently updated Blog.

Under sail videos soon.

Do write.

Mostly Beaton’s pics

Busy Winter in the wood shop.  After Sjogin’s recent refit, the Hankins’ skiff Legend was brought in for the same treatment.  There’s also the elegant rowing skiff awaitng return of the principals to salt water to continue her re-construction.

If you have a project, I’m sure Beaton’s could fit you in.

Here you go:

New tiller for Sjogin by Paul Smith.  Bespoke indeed. 

 And a proper sounding lead for Sjogin from the collection of a local legend.  Thanks Bob.

 Here’s Paul tending to last seasons wear and tear on Myth bits.

 Here’s Paul with Sjogin’s new/old boat hook.  The natural Swamp Maple crook was carved by Phil Clarke in the 1970s.  Long enough to sound my way around Barnegat Bay.  No bottom, no problem. 

 Steaming cedar planks for the new rowing skiff.

The seemingly eternal search for fair enough. 

 Look familiar?   It’s the job made form used to set the curve in Sjogin’s coaming.

 Dave explaining the virtues of the new, larger bilge pump.  

The new skiff .  Plenty of twist forward.

Pleasant sheer.
So this was fairly easy.  Sjogin stuff soon.

 

New photos

If, for some reason you come here just for a glimpse of a beautiful boat and reasonably taken snaps of our particular place of Earth, then I’ll not disappoint.  I’ve been at this now for more than a decade, reaching folks all over our watery world and now ask for your indulgence if one of the pics below makes reference to current events.

First up is one of Sjogin through a Prisma algorithm.

Given the right photo, the painterly effect works well.

A very shiny Lighting.  Nice off season work.

Here’s another Prisma example.  Some of the algorithms work better than others.  I think this one is called Dallas.


Finally, here is one taken at noon on Election Day.  After the tumult of the past year or so, a quiet sail before voting seemed necessary.

Will we need to find a term to describe the time before that day and the time after?  I hope not.  Patience, good will and manners will see us through to remembering this past Election Day as just another one, a bit of a Black Swan, but none the less one of many more to come.

Your considered comments are welcome.

Sail slow America.

Sjogin has a Sister Ship!

It’s true. This past Tuesday I checked my personal email after lunch and found a note from Mike R. who lives in the Kansas City area. I believe it was sent the day he launched his very own Sjogin named Gramercy, faithfully building to Paul Gartside’s Plan #176. This is the gaff sloop version that Paul drew. Mike used traditional construction, with steam bent oak frames and cedar planking. And she has a topsail! And to top it all off, this is the first boat he has built.

That I’m shocked is to put it mildly. I know of several smaller versions under way and perhaps, as Mike has done, the full size version is being built somewhere, but this is Sjogin’s first sistership to my knowledge. Mike started in 2011, shortly after the plans were available. He said he built Gramercy “referencing 8 books, the internet, and the kindness of strangers”. He also mentioned auditing the WoodenBoat Forum and Hove to off Swan Point.

So here is Gramercy, Sjogin’s first sistership. I think Mr. Gullberg would be happy. I certainly am.


Gramercy
He she is on what is probably her maiden sail with the proud builder at the helm. This happy Skipper sure is. She has traditional canvas decks and the same toe rails as her very older sister.


Nice stern.
That stern looks familiar. I find it hard to believe that the lines taken off Sjogin and faired by Paul Gartside have resulted in this little gem.


Topsail too!
Here she is in a driveway, setting up the rig. Note the topsail! Just think of the strings to pull. The sails are by Carol Hasse, the bronze work by Port Townsend Foundry and R&W Rope helped with the rope work.

I’ll have some more photos soon, all of which were provided by Mike.

After a decade of of asking the world if anyone knows of Sjogin’s origins, I’m no closer to an answer but now know she’s well worth at least one copy.

One added benefit of building a copy of Sjogin is that it entitles you to an afternoon hove to off Swan Point in the original.

Thanks again Mike, you certainly made my day.

OK, one more:

Look out!
I’m sure there’s a good story here.

A Cats and a video

I see that once again I’ve managed to allow another month to go by without a Post. But then again here I am with another month’s sailing and having watches below at the dock under my belt. And a straining belt due to said watches below with sausage bread.

Anyway, here are a few recent A-Cat pics as the first races are but four quick weeks away.

And a video to close of a very quiet sail last Saturday, May 14. Surprisingly few boats out.


Cats!
Raven and Lightning ready for another Season and looking Beaton Fresh. First race is on June 25th. Hope to be back in the water by then after a fresh coat of bottom paint and such.


Myth and Vapor
Myth sporting her Summer Cabin and a very yellow Vapor.


Vapor's next
Vapor’s mast getting ready for raising.


Two Pauls
Another fine varnish job by Paul Smith. Beaton Fresh indeed.


Your very happy Skipper out on a beautiful Saturday morning in the middle of a too cool May.

This and that

Here are some pics from the last few months, especially Beaton’s pics.


Spring!
A sure sign of Spring: the Garvey afloat and ready for another season.


Quiet
Homage to Jay Fleming. A very quiet morning last month.


Circa 1991
A quarter Century ago. Fitting the step scarf on Ghost’s coaming/cabin joint. Note my initials on the cork sanding block. Valuable item.

Photo courtesy of W. F.

Model painting
Even the half hull models get a fresh paint job.


Good draw!
Healthy draw from the stove on the Starboard tack. This is a big plus. Extending the bulkhead to the keel helps keep a positive flow.

More to come but I just realized it’s been a month since my last Post. Not much new, just the everyday joys of being able to go “check on the boat” and maybe squeeze in a quick sail or a watch below. Happy Spring all.

Rudder success

You may have noticed in past pics Sjogin’s rudder is always canted over one way or the other.  That was due to a combination of buoyancy in the immersed plywood blade and the weight of the rudder cheeks forward of the pivot line.  The solution added about ten pounds of lead the the aft edge of the rudder to allow the rudder to sit upright.  Paul drilled five two inch holes in the plywood and filled them with epoxy and lead buck shot.  In one of the photos below they look like caviar.

Worked just as guesstimated.  It could use a few pounds more as the tiller weight still holds it over at extreme angles.  Works fine enough for now.  I expect to pull Sjogin for a quick refit soon. She’s not been out of the water since re-launching in September, 2104 except before her star turn last August.


Floppy rudder
You can see how the rudder wants to float on its side. Now fixed.


Caviar?
Looks like fresh Beluga. Maybe one more hole filled with lead when she’s hauled.


Ready to go
All painted up and ready to go. Jeff Reid helped with the installation. Before hanging it we let the rudder go slack on the line we attached and found it still floats. Good to know.


Works!
Hanging damn near vertically. A bit more lead should do it.

Sailing pics and video next.

Interesting Comments

Recently there have been a few comments on the Ourhouse Page that could use a wider audience. With the implied consent of Jppe, Peter and Colin here are the recent comments; mostly concerning Sjogin’s name origin.

Here is Jppe’s Comment on Sjogin’s name. I was told by the widow of the second owner that the name came for a very loose anagram of his name, Joe Shinn. If you say the name to yourself you hear how easy to mash up the syllables. Though the suggestion that her name means sea-going has appeal. Even though she’s never been to sea as far as I know.

“Over the time I had seen this lovely boat in WoodenBoat. In last issue, you came up with the mysterious origin of Sjogin. My own thoughts in that direction is danish because of her stern. She is more danish than swedish. If swedish, it had to be the part of Sweden next to Denmark. The name is not so strange. After a short time, the word sjøgang came up. This means the way and how, but also in Danish and Swedish the sea walks in the wind. Sjø is danish for sea. Sjö is swedish for the same. Ø and ö is also the same letter. Gang is the same as going. In norwegian we use the word gange for the way you walk. I think that from scandinavian to english, the word sjøgang turned over to sjogin, that for me is closer to danish way of speaking. The letter ø is the same as the u in the english word turn. The sj is a way of wisling, as chalk without the first t when spoken. The a in gang is spoken like the a i part or barn. In scandinavian we put words together to a new one. Sjø and gang is two different words put together to a new one. The danish stern in Sjogin may be a relative to the wiking ships stern. I wish you a happy new sailing year with Sjogin. Me myself is sailing in the Oslofjord in Norway with short trips to near by Sweden and eventually longer to Denmark and the Norwegian south coast with my Maxi Fenix named Tootikki after Tove Jansons Moomin troll figure.”

Here’s the comment from Peter in Scotland.  Further evidence of Sjogin’s cousins.  Here’s the link to the Orkney Yole Association.  Seems the Yole’s have a finer stern with easy buttocks and a straight sternpost.  Sjogin has a fuller stern and curved sternpost.  Sure looks like she would be at home in the Orkneys.

“I’ve been reading your blog with interest for some time now. I would agree with Jppe’s comments about the origins of your fine boat. Here in northern Scotland we share the same boat origins. We have developed over time our own version of Sjogin. We call them ‘yoles’ or ‘yawls’ and they have been tailored to suit the seas around us. I would refer you to the website of the ‘Orkney Yole Association’. I’m sure you will spot the similarities.
Sail on,
Peter Sw.”

Finally, here’s a comment from Colin, also in the Orkneys.  Indeed, they are Viking designs all.  Though the only thing this Viking lays waste to is sausage bread.

“I have been reading about you in WoodenBoat. I own an Orkney Yole named Bee from the island of Stroma. She is almost identical to Sjogin. 25ftLOA 10ft beam.
The original boat was built in 1904 at Mey in Caithness in Scotland. I will send you pictures if you give me an email address.
This is a Viking design!
Colin”

I sent Colin my contact details and look forward to posting pics of his boat.

Of course I can’t miss an opportunity for a pic or two.


Ice!
Lightly frozen in a few weeks ago. Always cozy below.


More snow
Seems we’re having a bit of snow this winter. But it’s mid-February and Spring sailing beckons. (With the stove crackling below of course.)


A Paul Smith Original
Sjogin’s new bespoke Paul Smith chopping block. Simple with a Sandy backstory.