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.