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.
Here’s a sure sign of Spring. The Beaton’s garvey ready for another year of service. She’s over fifty years old at least. Her fairly flat sheer is due to the keel starting fail when building her. David Beaton said “that’s enough”.
Taken while underway a few weeks ago. At least some of the comforts of home.
The Port tack is the preferred one for a healty draw on the stove with the hatch open. Hove to yet again.
After one of the seemingly endless Northeasters we had in March. Very wet snow and had Sjogin down about an inch.
Kent down for a watch below.
And finally your Happy Skipper leaning against the backed jib. Sjogin didn’t seem to mind.
I’ve finally straightened out my WordPress protocols so once again, I’m promising more frequent Posts.
Waiting for the usual Goldilocks winter sail where it’s about forty, bright sun and a light easterly breeze. Still, life continues below deck at the dock. Heating conditions now adjustable by way of a damper. Progress indeed.
Bay down about a foot or so and flat calm.
Very quiet below absent the usual snap from the stove and sizzle in the skillet. New read on board is the life of Merce Ridgway, Bayman, a look at life on Barnegat Bay sixty years ago. Happy to have the Oyster farmers now but what a loss.
Note the new damper.
Just warm enough below to start defrosting the ports.
Had a lunch visit from Kent and his very good friend yesterday. Plenty of room for the three of us.
Thanks to the folks at Beaton’s, the T Dock is ice free using ice eaters and a bit of a thaw. The cold is returning for a while but we hope for a return to more average temps.
Here are some pics from the last few weeks. Fingers crossed for a path to open water. It’s been a while but it’s alway a treat to sail down to the edge of the “pack ice” down Bay. Especially with the stove going.
Thawing out down below. Quite a display of frost in the cabin. Most of it came off the newly painted cabin with a gentle scraping. The rest melted.
The only defroster on Sjogin.
Here’s the ice eater in action. Moving relatively warmer water from the bottom, only a foot or so in this pic, does the trick.
Here we have the T Dock ice free. You can see open water out on the Bay. This may and probably will freeze over again, but the worst should be over.
One of the treats of quiet winter visits is surprising visitors. A Hooded Merganser (I think) can be seen to the left, obviously annoyed he’s been rousted from his ice free feeding grounds.
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.
Here’s news: Bill Fortenbaugh, the gentlemen for whom I helped build Ghost those many years ago, has written a book about building and sailing Ghost. I’m about half way through and reliving almost every rivet. I’ll post purchase details soon but here’s the cover:
The cover shows Ghost in a trailing position. For seven years she was unbeatable.
Yours truly assisting an over Old Overholted Santa with the last rivet.
The origin of the Lazy Russ.
What joy to have helped bring Ghost to life. Thanks, Julia.
And sorry I haven’t updated this Blog since whenever. I’ve been busy with my life, happy to keep up with most of my duties absent writing HtoSP blog posts. I hope anyone still reading this is aware of the other ways to follow along.