Monday, July 16, 2018

1979 AMF Sunfish SUGAR 2 16 Jul 18 Hull Paint

16 Jul 18:

1979 AMF Sunfish SUGAR 2 bottom is finished, 4th coat of Rust-Oleum sprayed, we bumped it up to Gloss White to compete with the Kirby #4 Orange.

Log of SUGAR 2.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

1979 AMF Sunfish SUGAR 2 14 Jul 18 Seam Repair

14 Jul 18:

Repaired a seam split with TotalBoat THIXO, light clamping. Used a syringe to inject it into the tight spots, and the mixing tip for the center void.

Sanded off the grass bits with 120 grit.

Sprayed 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Semi Gloss White.

Log of Sugar 2.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

1957 Sorg 15 WILLOW 12 Jul 18 Mess About

12 Jul 18:

First time we've done genealogy research by boat, Skipper's Aunt and Uncle had a camp house on the water nearby 60 years ago. Pretty sure we found it. WILLOW was the support boat, she wanted to fast on the ride home in 98F heat index.

Log of WILLOW.

1979 AMF Sunfish SUGAR 2 12 Jul 18 Big Oops

12 Jul 18:

Problems in Production. We decided to paint the bottom middle section of SUGAR 2 about 10 days ago to cover the various fiberglass repair areas, selected a top notch grade of Rust-Oleum Semi-Gloss White spray paint. Sprayed on 2 1/2 cans and it looked FANTASTIC. Then it started to sprinkle, so I decided to roll the work dolly back inside the Carriage House. I have a line tied to the dolly and can roll it off the deck, swing around the ramp and pull it up into the shop. Well I swung a little fast and the boat slid off of the dolly, onto the side, teetered for a dramatic pause then rolled onto its bottom in the fresh cut grass and pine needles. I swear it wiggled around a for a bit like a lab puppy in something smelly before coming to final rest. I was speechless for about 3 minutes, said a few salty words and finally figured out a way to get SUGAR 2 back up on the dolly with help of Skipper and the team without getting us all covered in freshly painted grass. We picked off the pine needles and some of the grass, but it will have to dry so I can sand it again. Stay tuned :)

This is after the pine needles were picked off. Skipper pointed out that I got paint on her grass.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Drascombe Dabber Boat Cover

10 Jul 18:

Skipper tutored me through making a duck cloth dust cover for VICTORY, it will be used to keep out tree bits and critters, also for road trips. Sewn together with 100% cotton duck cloth 8.85 oz/yd, UV resistant thread, with 1 inch webbing tie down tabs and a gunwale drawstring. We purchased the fabric from Joanns, the webbing and thread from Sailrite and the drawstring/tiedown line (clothesline) from Walmart. The sewing machine is a Sailrite LSZ-1, which sews straight and zig zag stitching.

We cut two 6 yard pieces of 60 inch wide duck cloth.

Made a center seam with double backed seam tape.

10 foot wide by 18 foot long blank.

Stitched the center seam, we used a Sailrite LSZ-1, 5mm zig zag.

Took the cover out to Dabber to mark stem, gunwales and transom, side overlap and seam allowance.

Cut reinforcement panels for the stem and transom. Turned under edges and stitched. Used seam tape to attach panels then sewed reinforcement panel to underside of the cover. Realized the panel is in wrong spot, rip out the seam and reattached to correct spot. We used the Skipper's Sailrite LSZ-1, straight stitch with UV resistant thread.

First fitting of stem, Skipper gathered the excess and we sewed down the gathers from underneath to form "darts."

First fitting to check heighth of drawstring pocket. We cut the overlap 8 inches down, with a planned allowance for a 1/2 inch seam and a 2 1/2 inch pocket, so the finished cover will overlap the sides by 5 inches.

Marked the cover for tiedown tabs, one tab on the bow, one 1 foot back, then spaced 2 feet apart to the transom, and 4 on the transom.

Turned under a 1/2 inch seam so the raw edge doesn't show, and provide good fabric to sew through. Pressed the seam with a steam iron.

Turned under a 2 1/2 inch seam for the drawstring pocket, pressed it down with a steam iron.

Opened a V notch in the middle of the transom drawstring pocket for the drawstring to exit.

Sewed the edge of the V notch BEFORE sewing the drawstring pocket, this is where the pocket is OPEN for the ends of the drawstring to exit.

Drawstring pocket V notch seam.

50 feet of line is plenty. This line is from WalMart and will last a while, and only cost about 4 dollars.

We started closing up the drawstring pocket at the bow, it is easiest to lay the line in the pocket and then sew the seam. It would have been even easier to start at one side of the transom pocket with about 5 feet of line hanging out and go all the way around the edge.

Port side of the drawstring pocket finished. The Sailrite LSZ-1 was very tolerant of my rookie sewing effort. I even got to wind bobbins! Tip: Wind several bobbins before sewing to avoid having to rethread the machine halfway through a project.

Skipper used the Sailrite Edge hot knife to cut the tiedown tabs, her second favorite thing behind pasting.

Tiedown tabs, with 2 rows of stitching. Note the extra stitching for the reinforcement panel for the stem.

Starboard side of the cover. Tiedown tabs, with 2 rows of stitching. We tie the tiedown line with a bowline on the port side of the trailer, usually the road side, the starboard side has a slip knot or some half hitches. This way if we have to untie the cover while on the shoulder we will not be on the road side with traffic. Now if you live in the UK...

Port side of the cover. Tiedown tabs, with 2 rows of stitching. We tie the tiedown line with a bowline on the port side of the trailer, usually the road side.

Before we hit the road we tuck the loose ends of the tiedowns up under the drawstring pocket, there is enough tension to secure the lines and keep them from whipping the finish off of the boat. In other news, ST. JACQUES' Sunbrella cover still looks great after a year of use and 2 tropical storms. And in case you're wondering, that tarp is stuffed in the outboard cutout to keep VICTORY from becoming a critter condo.

Now before you run out and buy duck, please understand what is is and isn't good for...Skipper wanted a nice dust cover for VICTORY's road trip to her new homeport in North Carolina, she wanted to keep the price under $75 USD. We bought 100% cotton duck from Joanns Fabric at the store, it is available online as well. Used a 60 percent off coupon on one cut and a 40 percent on the other cut, we needed 6 yards per panel and you can't get 12 yards from a 10 yard bolt. For those thinking of a project like this make sure to get the correct width and weight, in our case 59 inches and 8.85 oz/yd. Colored duck cloth is not color fast we use natural or bleached now, vs watching the color bleed onto the boat after a rain shower (Reference the maroon cover on ONKAHYE in 1996). The duck will also mildew over time and the stains will not likely come out, that is why we use it for a dust cover or road cover that is not out in the weather long term. Duck is not water resistant or waxed, so it would not make a good outside cover. For mildew resistance, breathability, water repellency, ease of cleaning and long term outdoor durability, the better choice is marine grade Sunbrella. FMI: Duck
FMI: Sunbrella

Kent and Skipper

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Fountain Of Youth by Howard Rice

09 Jul 18:

Small Craft Advisor article by Howard Rice that addresses how to keep the mind and body in shape for small boating. (The Fountain of Youth. SCA. Jul/Aug 2018). Thanks to Editor Joshua Colvin for permission to repost and Mr. Rice for sharing his thoughts!

(Image: Howard Rice)

The Fountain of Youth is a mythic spring that supposedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. More than ever I am convinced the small-boat lifestyle is a bona fide fountain of youth. Each of us who sail, paddle, row or power small boats do so for reasons mostly known only to us. However, I would bet more than a few of us would list the youth-giving aspects of our pursuit as very important. These aspects range from childlike senses of wonder as nature unfolds before us to the actual physical fitness needed to boat small. If we are mentally challenged and physically pushed then I reckon we are rolling back the years. I purposely live what I refer to as a “rigorous life,” a life of action and fun. Small boat use has youth written all over it. The noble pursuit of yachting small is a true elixir in a world of snake oil consumerism leading us to get more and more comfort stuff, to add to a pile we likely don’t need, likely won’t use—stuff that takes up time as empty thing calories. Sinking teeth into the “real” of the small boat world is satisfying and has kept men and women young since time immemorial. When we think about small (doable) boats we engage pleasurable creative parts pf our brain. When we use a small boat, we use more of our brains through navigating, steering, trimming sails and we use virtually all of our muscles and in doing so we become stronger mentally and physically. In a sense, and a very real one, we become younger.

Commitment: I reflect back on a committed life afloat, a purposefully rigorous very much “alive” lifestyle with boats constantly in the starring roles. Like many of us I am always involved in the world of boats and their use. I have always happily been in 365 day a year training mode. Not the ball and chain sort of thing but a fun mixed training regimen of purpose and acknowledgement. I both purpose train (weights, bike, running, stretching, sailing, etc.) and I do what I refer to as acknowledged training. This being other work I do that I acknowledge is complimentary to my small boat base training. This could be cutting trees, boat building, cleaning, lifting heavy objects, fast walks, etc. All of this helps me feel flexible, quick of step and younger at heart. Each repetition, lift, fast walk is another sip from the small boat fountain of youth.

Stay Tuned: You likely keep your boat, sails, rig and outboard tuned so why not you too? Purpose training for boating should be ongoing at a relaxed fun pace. If you haven’t worked out in a while, see a doctor for the green light unless you are confident and ready, and then take the first step. Most small boats are akin to an alive set of weights in a gym. The best training for sailing is sailing. As we age it is recommended to adopt a schedule of moderate weight training, featuring a high repetition strategy for getting in shape and this is perfect for sailing. Sailors need strength and endurance in the form of thigh powered lifting, core/ stomach strength moves, overall upper body strength, repeated bicep/forearm curl ability, strong grip, stretch-ability and all topped off with endurance.
I train not just for boat activities but for daily life. With focus I can tune up weeks or months before a small boat voyage going from let’s say 75% base physical shape to 100% ready. The dream states and the physical workouts offer many benefits but none greater than a more “youthful me.” Small boats have helped me stay far younger than my numeric age. I have lived continually drinking from the small boat fountain of youth. Get a boat and begin to peel away the years.

The Rigorous Life: I mentioned living a “rigorous life” knowing this may sound a bit harsh but my version is not, well, not to me. I have lived on this earth in some mighty interesting places ranging from well-appointed homes to small boats and for the past 20 years a range of village life accommodations best described as mud-floor thatched huts. This living a bit rough or in a rigorous manner has helped me feel comfortable aboard small boats. I have taken this knowledge and applied it to living aboard small craft, which by any measure is rigorous unless one is prepared for the switch. The small boat lifestyle is a spartan affair. It may include chilly night sails, cramped quarters, wet gear, hard work and resultant sore muscles. As we age we begin to really experience the hard ground, the climb up to docks, launching and retrieving, anchoring, etc. Sounds like a pastime for the young, but it’s not if we treat the whole affair like a fantastic youth-giving exercise regimen that can benefit all aspects of our lives. Accept and revel in the whole rigorous thing; it’ll help you feel more alive if nothing else.

Commitment: Small boat use requires many skills, all of which can strengthen our minds through engagement, study, training opportunities and practice. An engaged mind is a younger mind, it is sharper, able to focus more quickly. It is good to commit to reading some of the hundreds of great books on our favorite subject.
I find it takes about three weeks of commitment from no training to the magic moment when going out for the brisk walk is no longer drudgery but is a necessity—a habit. If I don’t train I don’t feel as good physically and mentally, in a sense I feel older. When I know a small boat trip or voyage is coming up I focus and increase my training, going from fit to specifically fit and ready to sail.

Get Social: My small boat lifestyle seems too good to be true at times because of the places I have seen, the sailing, the adventure, the challenge, the quiet anchorages far from the din, but most importantly it’s the people I have met. There are few greater pleasures than standing around talking boats with like-minded folks. It’s pure magic and another of the youth-giving aspects of small boats.

If You Build It: In closing I reckon this old saying may be true: “There is no reward in the next life for not building a boat in this life.” Few activities will hit virtually all the youth-giving buttons like a small-boat build. Don’t end up like John Foster Kane in Citizen Kane uttering the lonely longing lament of “Rosebud.” Let your whole existence be the fulfillment of your Rosebud dream. See you out there!

FMI: Small Craft Advisor

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Grommet Replacement

04 Jun 18:

Replaced a sail grommet with a Barry King 3 pound nylon mallet, cutting block and die set. The nylon mallet has extra weight to set the grommet and not damage the die set. The cutting block pad protects the support surface and the also the die set. We used a regular grommet but a spur grommet would have been better. Tools and grommets were purchased from Sailrite.

Skipper knows her way around grommets, she has her Masters Degree in Theatre/Costume Design and has put thousands of grommets in pirate and renaissance garb. Check out her ebay store tokenchick if you need some pirate garb :)

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Sunfish Sail Attachment With Nylon Line

04 Jul 18:

We are changing WAVE's sail attachments over to line, ditching the plastic clips that get brittle and break. We use 1/8 inch nylon line made by New England Rope, we buy 50 foot packs of it at West Marine. The sail sets great and the line is a classic look, the way they used to rig sails back in the early Alcort days.

Removed the sail rings with needle nose pliers.

Attached the sail with the metal S hook at the tack.

Tied the outhauls with a bowline and several half hitches. Start by making a circle, or "rabbit hole."

The end of the line is the "rabbit," run it up through the hole.

The rabbit runs around the tree...

...and back down into the hole.

Tighten the knot by pulling on both ends of the line.

Run the line through the outhaul cap eyelet...

...and tie it with several half hitches.

Find the halfway point of the 50 foot 1/8th inch line and secure it to the interlocking bolts. Run one section of line up the gaff and the other section along the boom.

The marlin hitch goes along the spar, through the grommet, around the spar, back inside its own loop then further along the spar. Repeat.

Tie the line with a couple of half hitches.

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