Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Sunfish Owner's Manual

Spring sailing is just around the corner, time to tune up your Sunfish? We wrote The Sunfish Owner's Manual and published it in December of 2013, the manual is a one stop resource for the world's most popular sailboat. Inside there are chapters on the History of the Sunfish, and illustrated chapters on how to Buy, Rig, Sail, Maintain, Restore, Store, Transport and Sell the Sunfish. The Restore Chapter includes Do It Yourself pictures and step by step details on how to conduct common repairs, including foam replacements and rudder conversions. The Manual has an extensive Illustrated Glossary of Sunfish and sailing terms, with 230 photos by the author, taken in the course of numerous Sunfish restorations, for both wooden and fiberglass Sunfish as well as Sailfish. Included are weblinks to top Sunfish information sites, part suppliers and social network sites. There are also links to extended web content located on the author's youtube channel and over 1300 Picasa Web images. The Manual is not only a one stop reference for any Sunfish owner, it would be of interest to owners of other small sailboats as well. Over 500 manuals sold to date!

Have a great day!
Kent and the Skipper

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

USS Onkahye 1843-1848

We are the proud new owners of the USS Onkahye (1843-1848) oil painting by Charles Lundgren, 1979. The painting depicts the dispatch schooner Onkahye patrolling the West Indies in the late 1840s, and it was featured on a set of US 37 cent Marshall Island stamps printed in 2002 of US Navy Ships. The Skipper's ancestor Lt. Benjamin F. B. Hunter was Onkahye's first Sailing Master when she was commissioned in 1843. The converted yacht was a radical centerboard design by Robert L. Stevens, her design was influential and is considered to be the model for modern American sailing yachts.

FMI: USS Onkahye
Colonel Robert L. Stephens
Lieutenant Benjamin F. B. Hunter, USN
Charles Lundgren, ASMA
Stamps available through Unicover

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sail Ties

We have some nice old sail ties that Capn Jack made from some braided line a few years back and wanted to make a few more. They are soft and work well to tie up sails without chafing them. They also fit nicely in our pockets. I found a source of some braided line at R&W Ropes, and they sent me a 50 foot remnant of a 12 braid line, suggested that I unlay it the use the individual lines to make the 3 braid tie. We made some 4 1/2 foot sections and 3 foot sections, the larger pieces to be used to tie the main around the gaff and mast, and the smaller sections to secure the mizzen, jib and other bits of sail.

Taped the ends of the individual braids with gaff tape and unlaid about 5 feet of line. Cut off the fuzzy ends.

Made a 3 braid tie and taped the ends in preparation for whipping.

Whipped the ends of the 3 lines together and cut off the taped ends. Seared the ends of the ties.

The new sail tie is close to old one, it may shrink and darken over time but it will work well for the intended purpose. We will make a few more for the other boats.

St. Jacques Log 20 Jan 17 Bow Seat Pattern

20 Jan 17:

We took our version of "tick stick" measurements off of the inner planking of the Penobscot 14 to make a bow seat. We put the edge of the ruler against the plank, marked with pencil along the edge of the ruler and around the end, so that we know where to place the ruler when making marks on the pattern wood or paper.

Took the tick stick panel inside and laid out painter paper to transfer the end point marks. We could also transfer the marks directly onto a larger piece of pattern plywood or onto the new seat slat blank as well.

Transferred end point marks to pattern paper for the Penobscot 14 bow seat and connected the dots.

End points for Penobscot 14 bow seat pattern.

Paper pattern for the Penobscot 14 bow seat.

Pattern making video.

FMI: St. Jacques Log

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

St. Jacques Log 16 Jan 17 Forward Seat

16 Jan 17:

Set the front edge of the seat approximately 9 inches back from the foot of the stem, then dropped a vertical line down to the risers that will support the the front edge of the seat.

Marked the forward edge of the seat and then another mark 10 1/2 inches back (seat width) so I could get some athwartships measurements for the fore and aft edges of the seat.

Took the seat edge bevel.

Found the seat edge bevel angle.

Set seat edge bevel on the circular saw.

Ripped the seat to 10 1/2 inches on the table saw. Cut the seat edge angle and bevel.

Checked out forward seat rowing position.

First fit.

Used the compass to measure the gap.

Scribed a trim line with the compass.

Trimmed the forward seat. Seat 1.0 that is, then I discovered that I forgot to level the forward seat fore and aft, which also levels it with the middle seat. So when I raised the aft edge of the seat to get the seat level, a big gap opened up on the aft end sides. So seat 2.0 was born, with the correct horizontal orientation and taper.

Sealed wood with Jamestown Distributors TotalBoat Wood Sealer Varnish Primer, then 2 coats of TotalBoat Gleam Satin Varnish. 3 #10 silicone bronze screws per side through hull.

Ruler tick stick for bow seat pattern.

FMI: Log of St. Jacques

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Leathers 21 Barbashela Details 17 Nov 16

Here are a few pictures of Barbashela's details after we applied the finish coat of alkyd enamel paint. We love the touches that the original craftsmen put into her, full length seat risers with accent lines, bead and cove along the seat edge bottoms, bevels everywhere, curved stern seat, floor boards, lots of rocker, a reverse curve and flare. We tried our best to recreate their vision with the new materials that were added.

Barbashela Log

Friday, January 13, 2017

St. Jacques Log 13 Jan 17 Aft Seat

13 Jan 17:

Nice morning on the dock.

Cut a few more cleat to hold up the aft seat center section.

Used some meranti ply to make a pattern. Laid out a curve with Barbashela's breasthook template.

Cut the curve with a jigsaw and cit the gentle outer curve with a circular saw.

Put the pattern centerline along the straight edge of a piece of cypress.

Scribed the line from half of the pattern.

Cut half of the seat then flipped it to cut the mirror half.

Trimmed the half seat to fit the curve of the side seat, then used that half to mark and sand the other half to match.

Scribed the 2 1/4(-) inch line on the seat.

Cut and fit each slat.

Slats are precisely spaced one Lego Number 2 pencil apart.

Aft seat trimmed, routed, sanded and screwed down to 3 cleats. It will be removable with some type of toggle to keep it from flipping forward and keep it in the boat in the event of capsize.

Side trip to check out a 1989 Supercharged Toyota MR2. Test drove great, but the price was a bit high.

Brushed on Jamestown Distributors TotalBoat Wood Sealer Varnish Primer. Painted the inner transom to match the rest of the planks and bulkheads, it was too dark for the color scheme we wanted inside the boat. Very happy with how the seat turned out, thanks go to Fred Fisher for the ideas for the curve and the slats!

FMI: St. Jacques Log