Saturday Morning, December 3rd

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

Tea 12.03.05
Tilman, tea and a quick fire.

Sjogin in slip 12.03.05
Sjogin in her slip. Too much wind and too little time for a sail today.

Lotus cabin beams
The just faired cedar cabin beams on Lotus. The cabin decking will be two layers of glued 4mm pyl with carbon fiber stiffening.

Saturday Morning, November 26th

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 Myth off Swan Point.

Bound Tiller
A new technique for binding the tiller when hove to.

Iced tea
Iced tea anyone?

Post Thanksgiving Morning at Beaton’s

Here are some snaps from today. First seriously cold morning on Sjogin. Cranky fire and just enough wood smoke to season the cabin air.

11.25.05 Tea and fire
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.

Today’s reading
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.

Lotus forward
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.

Recent Pics

Here are some recent pics…..

One last look at Sjogin after putting her away yesterday. If you’re lucky enough to have a nice boat you find yourself always taking one last look.

Here’s Muriel, our quite large cat. She’s named after L. Francis Herreshoff’s “friend”.

Finally, here we are hove to on the Port tack (when the stove draws well) about a mile south of Swan Point. The bay was fairly empty.

A successful fire today….

Ah, with today’s Northwest wind Sjogin‘s stove drew well. Evidence of same below:

One of the Beaton Irregulars launched his 1956 Pacemaker Spearfish today after a 3 week refit. She will be kept in a covered shed in the water up at Johnson Bros. in Bay Head. Bob assumes a Captain Morgan pose next to his 1946 or so Dodge pickup.

Finally here’s a photo of the Herreshoff Columbia model Dinghy that Tom Beaton and I built in the early 80’s. To the left is the Beaton built Flatfish Charlotte, just returned from a Summer of sailing in Brooklin, Maine. In the background is one of the Beaton Sneakboxes, once one of the hot racing classes on Barnegat Bay. They still race, though with reduced numbers.

Another fine Sunday morning at Beaton’s

Starboard Tack Puff-back Blues

As mentioned yesterday, the Sardine woodstove (shown below), does not draw well (if at all) in a breeze when on a Starboard tack.

I assume there is enough of a downdraft to overwhelm the usually good design of the current smokehead. Here is a photo of the Charley Nobel in question:

She is currently situated in her slip at Beaton’s facing Northwest, opposite of this photo:

Sjogin in slip

When she’s facing that way, a Northeast breeze like we have today, causes the stove to work in reverse. Sort of like trying to live in a food Smoker. No hot tea today.

First Post

Well here we go again. My son Jeffrey has set me up with WordPress to host my pictures and comments.
Let’s give it a try. Here are some Sjogin pics from the Flickr Site:

Ready for the Off Season
This was taken after being re-rigged in late September, ready for the off season.

And another:

Hove to off Swan Point
Here we are hove to off Swan Point in January 2004. Note the absence of smoke from the chimney. Most likely it is pouring into the cabin as we’re on Starboard tack! Need to try a different smokehead.