Happy New Year

Yes, it’s been far too long without a Post.  Sjogin’s now hauled and in the shop at Beaton’s getting a little TLC and attention to a few minor projects.  The plan is to have her back in the water and rigged providing no serious ice.  Seems strange to have a January launching but she needs to go back in and prevent too much drying out.  Especially in the warm and cozy woodshop.

Here are some pics and a video from the last month or so.

One of the main reasons I want her back in the water.  Hard to have a fire and sizzle when she’s on the hard and especially in the shop.  We’ve had little ice so far this winter and I hope that trend continues.

She still weeps a bit due to her iron sick joints.  Note the cedar bilge pump switch.

First ice of the season a few weeks ago.  It was mostly slush and soon gone.

Last sail of 2016 and a fine one at that.  The usual light SW breeze with no one else on the Bay.  Here’s Sjogin showing off her ghosting ability.

It took about five minutes to make her way to the slip.  I had to let her eventually bump up against the piling rather than walking up to the bow and stopping her way.  It was a clear case of sailing as slow as she could.

Here she is waiting her turn in the wood shop.  You can see a very expensive Osprey nest in the upper left and the strongback for building Duckboats at the bottom.

In the shop and ready for the tender ministrations of Paul Smith.

Rails stripped and a few coats of varnish already. Boy they work fast.  Again a mulitple of my speed.

When I renewed the trim pieces twenty years ago I overlapped the ends which have opened up over the years.  This simple solution should keep things tight.

Here’s Paul working on the rudder.  It needs a bit more weight to counteract the tendency flop over.  He’s also adjusting the angle of the tiller slot so the tiller needs less sweep in profile. There’s also a new tiller to be made.  If Paul can find a suitable piece of oak or locust I’ll fashion it myself and make it a bit longer so I can steer comfortably from the new seats.

Happy New Year again Sjogin fans.  For those that need a more regular diet of Sjogin, Beaton’s and such pics, my Instagram account is public and updated more frequently.

Edited to add yet another slow sailing video:

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