Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Usual Visitors

We have a continual parade of wildlife that swings by to check on progress and supervise. This bald eagle came by a few days ago, and its younger sibling a few days before that.



Dolphins, osprey, squirrels, salamanders and a periodic bear. The parade continues. The most entertaining are the dive bombing pelicans.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

St Jacques Log 13 Apr 17 Breasthook

13 Apr 17:

Pulled out the trusty DeWalt jig saw and cut a curve into the breasthook.


Then grabbed the Black and Decker belt sander and shaped a slight crown. Also sanded the tops of the outer gunwale, sheer plank and sheer clamp flush in preparation for the rail cap. Final sanding done with a DeWalt random orbital sander.


For the full story of St. Jacques.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

St. Jacques Log 06 Apr 17

06 Apr 17:

Recut the breasthook and sanded it to fit. I left it proud so I can give the top some crown. Attached it with a few silicone bronze screws and need to mark a curve along the aft side.




Cut out the thwart knees, they'll need some trimming to fit.





FMI: Log of St. Jacques

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

1958 Johnson JW-14 Sea Horse 3

Ran across a nice little outboard motor at Live Oak Trading Company in Gulf Breeze Florida. The Johnson JW-14 Sea Horse is rated at 3hp and was built in 1958. It has just the right amount of character and the shop owner reports that the motor was last run in 2016. Could be a nice project motor for a small skiff or a candidate for a full restoration. They are asking $295 USD but $200 might make it yours :)










FMI: Address: 4222 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Phone: (850) 203-1999

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Axelson Shipyard East Bay Navarre Florida Willow Log 04 Apr 17

Frederick A. and Margaret Hunter Axelson operated a shipyard just outside of Pensacola on East Bay in the late 1800s, they picked a spot across from the Miller Sawmill to have close access to the yellow pine, longleaf and live oak of the area. The shipyard built lumber schooners and lighters to move goods from the local mills to world markets. We took a trip in Willow to see the cove where their homestead used to be. It would be interesting to explore the area for artifacts from the shipyard and look for ballast stones. The home had cypress trees and scuppernong grapes, tended by Margaret.



Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Jacques Log 17 Mar 17 Gunwale, Knee and Breasthook

17 Mar 17:

Silicone bronze screws, TotalBoat sealant, Gleam Satin Varnish and varnish kit arrived from Jamestown Distributors. I was able to call them, talk to a knowledgeable person and order over the phone. Free shipping to CONUS because I bought a VIP membership for $59.99 USD, which paid for itself months ago.


Starboard side outer gunwale scarf fastened with Pettit Marine Paint Flexpoxy. Once it dries we might add a silicone bronze screw as well.


Irwin pilot drill and countersink for a #10 Frearson silicone bronze wood screw. I bought the Irwins at Lowes, Jamestown Distributors sells a full set by Fuller as well.


#10 silicone bronze screw for the outer gunwales. Why silicone bronze? Because we want this to be a 100 year boat vs a 7 year boat. "Traditional boatbuilders love these Silicon Bronze wood screws because they have cut threads and the full-bodied diameter shank. Unlike rolled thread screws with their reduced shank--these screws have a shank diameter that is the same size as the outside of the threads. This completely fills the clearance hole normally drilled for the shank thus creating a waterproof seal" (JD, 2017). Silicone bronze is also one of the most durable materials to use in the marine environment, especially below waterlines. Had I known earlier I would have considered them vs the 316 stainless.


Pulled the angle with a bevel for the thwart knee. Trimmed to fit around risers and duplicated for the other 3 seat knees.












Breasthook blank (triangular bow section). 6/4 S4S or 1 1/2 inch thick cypress, will be shaped down to 1 1/4 inch along the gunwales.


Cut bevel on forward edge of breasthook blank.


Found angle for sides of breasthook. It has to fit down and in, so that angle needs to be moved over. Arch describes how to do it in his book, my method is a little different so use at your own peril. (Edit: My method was wrong! I brought the top lines in instead of taking them out further to match the bevel. Ooops).


Found vertical to move breasthook bevel over, it will sit inside the gunwale. (Edit: Turns out this spacing was moved the wrong direction, I should have moved it outward vs inward. We want the top 1/4 inch of the breasthook to sit above the gunwale, so it can be shaped with a slight crown.)


Moved over breasthook bevel. (Edit: The wrong way...)


Marked forward edge of breasthook side profile.


Marked underside of breasthook side profile.


Drew cut lines for breasthook. I suppose you could cut from the top or bottom, depending on your saw. My intent was to cut it a bit wide and finish it to fit with a rasp and plane....stay tuned for breaking news.


I cut the port side line and the fit looked good. I wanted to cut outside the starboard side line to leave it a little proud for fitting the breasthook....well I moved the spacing the wrong way and I cut on the wrong side of the line! Moaning chair time. Looks like I need to adjust for the sweep a little as well.


5 minute epoxy in our future?

St. Jacques Log

Friday, March 10, 2017

St. Jacques Log 10 Mar 17 Gunwales and Bow

10 Mar 17:

Worked on the outer gunwales and shaped the bow and keel.

Measured for the outer gunwale.


Cut the outer gunwale to 1 1/4 high by 3/4 inch wide from cypress.


Clamped the gunwale and secured it with silicone bronze screws.


Shaped the stem and keel with a belt sander, handplane and randowm orbital sander.



Measured, cut and scarfed the starboard gunwale.











Log of St. Jacques