…brisk breezes from the NNE about 8 to 10 kts, about 45. Water too low to consider going for a sail.
Also today is my first born’s Birthday. Happy B-day Jeff!
Finished another chapter in Mischief in Patagonia with Tilman and crew sailing from Valpariso to Panama. A soldiers breeze after a refit from the abuses suffered in the channels. Had a fire and tea as usual.
More progress on Lotus with work on her new boom. Pics follow:
Here is the aft end of the boom showing the solid plug with a slot for the outhaul sheeve. This boom will rectangular in section with walls of 3/4″ Sitka spruce. Note the tapered ends facing forward. This is done to avoid a hard spot.
Here is the center plug where the forward end of the sheet block bridle is attached.
And here are the three other sides, ready to be fit. They are scarfed to make up the 29′ length of the A-Cat boom.
..but more Winter like tomorrow. About 45 degrees today, wind 8 to 10 SSW, building later. Had a quick fire and tea after restocking the wood basket with shop scraps. (Nothing like shop dried cedar and white oak for a quick fire.) Pics from today and last weekend follow:
Today’s fire. The note paper has plans for a galley box to be located on the bulkhead.
First significant snow of the year last weekend.
The form for the next Flatfish is now in the woodshop and the patterns are being sorted out. Charlotte will soon have a sister. In the foreground is the bench seat for Lotus
Varnish build-up on Lotus.
Sjogin’s chain plates. Note the letters stamped into each one; AP is aft port, PF is port forward. This was done by the builder.
Julia in front of the fire last weekend.
Took a few pics of the progress on Lotus this past weekend. She’s almost ready for the varnish and paint shop.
No sailing this weekend but the Bay is still open. Had a fire and tea both days. Finished another chapter in the Tillman book; check out the chart of the Calvo glacier. Rough country.
Note the size of the centerboard trunk.
New Spanish Cedar cockpit seats. Light and hopefully strong enough.
Random tools. Check out the custom scraper blade handle.
Finally, here’s a snap of the area in Patagonia H. W. Tillman and his climbing party explored.
Went out with Tom Beaton for the last sail of 2005. Also some late Christmas pics.
Ready to go, stove drawing well, waiting for Tom. Wind was ENE about 4 to 6, 34 degrees with an occasional spritz of drizzle.
You’re looking at David Beaton and Sons, West Mantoloking.
Here’s Tom Beaton, David’s grandson, watching Sjogin take care of herself as the family boat yard is framed in the open hatch.
Our Christmas tree this year. Use by date of January 1st.
“OK, her eyes are covered, let’s PARTY!” Inspired decorating by my son.
A quick visit this morning as we have a wedding to attend this afternoon. Clear and cold about 30 or so. Strong WNW winds 15 to 22 kts. Enough time for a brew-up and a bit of toasted sausage and provolone bread along with another chapter in Mischief in Patagonia
Tilman, tea and a quick fire.
Sjogin in her slip. Too much wind and too little time for a sail today.
The just faired cedar cabin beams on Lotus. The cabin decking will be two layers of glued 4mm pyl with carbon fiber stiffening.
Still cold, about 30 or so when I left at 9:30, wind SW 4 to 8. High clouds, mackerel sky. SAWMC. (Sky associated with major change.) Mostly hove to on St’bd E of Swan Point, then beat over to First Creek and HT on Port. Kept the hatch and drop board in place which helped the draw. No real puffbacks today.
Ran down to MYC and gybed over to Port for the reach home and a firm landing. Pics follow:
The catboat Myth, replicated by John Brady of the Independence Maritime Museum Boatshop in Philadelphia. The original was built in the 30’s and is the municipal symbol of Bay Head.
Myth off Swan Point.
A new technique for binding the tiller when hove to.
Iced tea anyone?
Here are some snaps from today. First seriously cold morning on Sjogin. Cranky fire and just enough wood smoke to season the cabin air.
A good draw, wind out of the WSW about 15 to 22. Note the ships hatchet on the chopping block to the left. Shop scraps and split fire wood cut into 3″ chunks feeds the Sardine.
Another H. W. Tilman book, Mischief in Patagonia. I’ve been working through his books over the last few years. Classic self deprecating, tongue in cheek, slogging on through the bergy bits Brit style. Great stuff.
Lotus, one of the original 1920’s A-Cats, currently entering the finishing stages of her weight loss program. Lotus has lost about 800 pounds, mostly due to the use of ply web frames and spruce and cedar framing. She was restored by Beaton’s in 1984 to original design. The slow tweaking of the A-Class fleet over the years has left her relatively heavier than her competitors and in need of her present transformation.
Note the lightening holes in the floors and the ply web frames. The only structural wood left over from her 1926 construction are her sheer and bilge clamps.