Sjoginmania spreads to the Antipodes

Here’s a snap from WoodenBoat Forum friend John B catching up on the latest news from Barnegat Bay. Photo taken during the family cruise up to the warmer bits of New Zealand. The joy continues.


An Antipodean
Looks quite comfortable as we gird our loins for a nasty Northeaster.

Here are a few more from the last few weeks. Not surprisingly, one involves hot and crispy sausage bread.


Snow!
This morning with the first snow of the season. The photo taken next Monday should show quite a different scene. Thankfully no serious ice yet.


Smell it?
Once again, at the sizzle. Which the frequency of will need to decline lest I fail to fit through the hatch. But so good; especially on days like this. Hope to have some down below after the coming storm.


Current read
The current read on board. It’s been years since my last trip around with Brother Joshua. This is a 1900 second edition just scruffy enough to fit right in. It’s a long read, so this book should see me through to Spring.


Classic
Finally, one more last look shot. Never get tired of it.

Last sail of the year

Took advantage of a break in the weather today to get in one last sail this year. Overcast and about 50 or so with a light southeasterly. Cool enough for a fire and a sizzle. Had the Bay to myself so sitting below was no problem while actually hove to off Swan Point.

Here are a few pics from today and the last few weeks.


Manto to weather
Reaching along the Mantoloking Shore this morning. Hope they all enjoyed it.


Ready to go
Earlier this month waiting for crew. Best late fall/ early Winter sailing yet. Keep it coming.


Reedy Creek
Beating up to Reedy Creek on a very warm December 10th.

Close encounters
Close enough. The Bay was up about a foot or so and fairly clear. Clear enough to get within inches of the marsh edge.


Here’s a new video of sailing along the all too near edge of the marsh on December 10th.


Foggy
Foggy morning in early December. No wind and little water. A watch below was called for.


Happy Shipper
Your very happy and grateful Skipper.

Well this has certainly been an eventful year with the return of Sjogin sailing in her home waters and her face all over the cover of WoodenBoat.

Thanks all for following along and here’s our best wishes to you gentle reader for a fine New Year.

Beaton’s pics as promised

Here are a few photos from Beaton’s over the past few months:

Shadow
Here’s Shadow, a tired Blackjack being given a new lease on life.


Myth
Myth, looking Beaton Fresh.


S is for Sad
S if for Sad. One of Nat Herreshoff’s S Boats slowly fading away. She needs a savior.


Wedding prop
Here’s the Columbia model dinghy I helped Tom Beaton built all nice and clean after being used in a local wedding.


Paul Smith
Finally, here’s Paul Smith working on something other than Sjogin. This is a small table from the Orient that’s been in my family for several generations. More fine work from Mr. Smith.


Slow sailing
OK. At least one Sjogin pic. Heading out early one morning this Summer. She’ll be hauled next week for some bottom paint, cabin work and attending to a couple of nagging leaks. Then back in for the hot stove season.

Safe and sound

Just a quick note to let all know that all’s well so far.  Sjogin was moved around to a slip in the creek in case Joaquin took a Sandy like left turn.  We’re still dealing with a slow moving Northeaster that has  the water in the upper Bay pushed south.  When the wind lays down, the water will come sloshing back and sure to flood Beaton’s.

Cozy

Back to normal… almost

What joy to be able to say “…going down to Sjogin for a quick visit/pump out/sail.” There have been a number of them since early July, most just sails of an hour or so, running the same old upper Bay circuit. What a lucky so and so.

Paul has installed the the new seats and they are just as I imagined. Next is the cabin sole, battery and bilge pump, limited furnishings and most importantly, the Sardine wood stove.

Here are a few pics from the last few weeks or so:

Have a seat!
Do sit down. The bespoke Paul Smith seats are very comfortable and sturdy, matching Sjogin’s robust proportions and just what I had in mind. The cedar slats and teak trim will turn silver with age.

What a treat to be able to step down on a solid surface rather than a loose milk crate with a teak lid. Sorry about all those bruises and such over the years.


Same as it ever was
The classic “last look before you leave the boat” image. Not so very different from the photo taken on October 28, 2012.


Fine view
At ease this morning during a quick visit and pump. In a perfect world Ed Lowe should be in the opposite slip in a similar comfortable position. He passed peacefully this year at age 98 after a full life, well sailed.


Ready
Ready to go. Or just back and ready to go again. It’s an embarrassment of riches to be able to lose track how many times I’ve gone sailing since Sjogin’s commissioning in early July.


Ghosting
Ghosting out of Beaton’s, Witch to leeward.


At ease again
Here we are hove to off Sloop Point for a change. Do you see a pattern here?


New coat!
Thanks to the lessons learned from Hervey Garrett Smith’s The Arts of the Sailor
we have a new mast coat. Please don’t look too closely at the cave man stitching.

Beaton’s and other pics to follow. (ed: We’ve all heard that before.)

Deck fittings

Running out of excuses not to go sailing.  Installed the new jib sheet fittings today along with the quarter cleats and the out haul cleat on the boom.

Tomorrow the sails get bent on and I’ll see if I remember how to heave to.

 


The new jib sheets will go through the fairlead at the forward corner on top of the house and then to cam cleats on the aft corner.  This way there will not be any blocks  or sheets on the deck.

 

 

Sandy survivor. This is the simple little block I use to keep the wire halyard off the mast.  It was right where I left it when Sjogin was recovered.

 

Paul Smith fashioning a Duckboat rudder.  Nice breeze blowing in the window.  Ahhh…..

As promised 

Sjogin’s mast was stepped yesterday after far too long.  I forgot the customary 1985 Bahamian quarter with a local sloop on one face.  A quarter was used yesterday with her traditional coin to be slipped under the mast today.  That should please Poseidon.

Looks like I managed to label the shrouds and stays correctly as everything seems to fit.  The rigging will settle down over time and especially after a few sails.  (Sailing, what a concept.)

Here are a few pics from yesterday:


 




Remember you can click on the photos for a larger image.

Thanks all for your patience over the years with my slow posting pace.  These new tools will hopefully shorten the publishing schedule.  We’ll see.

Ice free and a bit of progress

The long Winter and early Spring of our discontent has passed. The ice is gone from the Bay and sailing season beckons.

The mast is in the shop and almost ready to go. The sheave and a few bolts are among the missing but should not prove to be too big a problem. The cockpit sole work is coming along with some of the old cockpit sole teak reused. I had a recent consultation with Paul Smith about cockpit seat options. Looks like the seat slats will be made of Jersey cedar with oak framing, just like Sjogin’s hull.

If all goes according to plan, we should be sailing in May. (The operative word being should.)


Open water
Ice free and mares tails on a brisk spring day a few weeks ago. Sailing soon.


Spar work
The mast work is almost done. When I have the rest of the screws the mast track will be done. Then it’s on to the gooseneck and mast head fittings. Also a new topping lift is called for. And then the same process with the boom.


Sole cleats
Fitting supports for the end of the cockpit sole. The teak came from one of the original floor boards.


Something new
Who says things never change at Beaton’s. New flag pole repurposed from an old mast. Nice SW breeze.


Shadow
Shadow , a classic Blackjack,almost ready for her close-up.


Myth
Myth, looking Beaton fresh.

That’s it for now. Perhaps a bit of more frequent posting now that heaving to off Swan Point gets closer.

Merry Christmas All

Greetings from Sjogin and Ourhouse on this cool and blustery Christmas Day. Little progress lately but the post Holiday period shows promise.

Enjoy slowly my friends.


Merry Christmas

I promise this will be the last time the swag is placed on the stem. Next Christmas it will be back on the mast, perhaps while hove to.

The weeping is down to 12 strokes a week. She’ll stay in the pit for the rest of the Winter. When the stove’s back in place she can be slid outside for a sizzle.


Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013


Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012, six weeks or so after Sandy. We’ve come a long way since then.


Post Sandy

Taken by David Turton just after Sandy. Sjogin’s laying on her port side in the foreground with with the jib cover flapping away up the forestay. It’s amazing she survived.

Thanks all for following along. Hope to have a report on a Sjogin III build soon.