Friday, August 23, 2019

Summer Slowdown - Time for Research!

23 Aug 19:

The Florida Summer has been wicked hot, so Skipper and I have been hiding indoors, but still managed to pick up summer colds. Miserable for several weeks, but getting better. As a result, small boating and working on shop projects have been almost non existent while we wait for cooler temps. We did get out to the shop to take some pictures for an upcoming article in Small Boats Magazine on our new toy, the Dust Deputy. It is a centrifugal particle separator that hooks in line to our Shop Vac, works great. More info on that in the September issue! Lots of other good articles to read in the meantime. As a result of the photo shoot, I may have accidentally finished sanding WAVE's bottom, and now we are ready to start fiberglass repairs.

August has been a good time for research though, we are researching the current day status of the 1820s race boat AMERICAN STAR, a specially designed 27 foot 4 oared gig that raced the Manhattan area of New York. Crew of five. She is currently preserved outside of Paris at the estate of General Lafayette, she was given to him in 1825 as he finished his tour of the United States, all 24 of them. She popped up recently in an article in Chasse-Maree Issue 302, and their staff has been very helpful in sharing information with us. Blog post soon on the boat.

"En 1824, le marquis de La Fayette revient aux États-Unis, invité par son cinquième président, James Monroe. Après un séjour où se succèdent fêtes et hommages, en souvenir de l’aide qu’il a jadis apportée aux Insurgents américains, il se voit offrir une célèbre yole, American Star. L’auteur a retrouvé ce bateau dont il nous conte l’histoire et nous explique les performances."
American Star. LA YOLE DE LA FAYETTE. Par Francois Casalis.

For More Information: Chasse-Maree no. 302

We also are continuing to gather information on the Navy Curtiss Flying Boat NC-4, rounding up some old photos. We purchased this one, it was interesting to note the wedges ahead of the front wheels on the railway dolly, they helped clear sand away from the railway as the dolly went down the ramp. Before they came up with the wedge idea, Sailors would be out in the water with shovels trying to keep the rails clear. The smaller dolly on top of the railway dolly had wheels that castered 360 degrees, useful for moving the aircraft inside of their new hangars at Rockaway, well, 2 of the NCs anyway...somehow the measurements were off and only 2 of the 4 aircraft could be hangared. And take a look at the planking lines on the hull up by the bow, there is indication of the reverse curve design that Herreshoff was able to build, the other NCs did not have it but rather had a flat hull up forward. We think that curve helped with takeoff performance and reduced pounding during both takeoff and landing.

Clark will be traveling to Bristol, Rhode Island and giving a presentation at the Herreshoff Maritime Museum September 18th, reception starts at 6 p.m..
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Another rabbit trail led us off in search of information on a beautiful picture taken by Benjamin Mendlowitz for the cover of WoodenBoat Issue 209.

Turns out she is the Gil Smith design MADIGAN, lines taken from SENAD. She is owned by Donn Costanzo, owner/operator of Wooden Boatworks in Greenport, NY. Copies of the beautiful photo can be ordered by scrolling through covers on Benjamin's website:

Clark and Skipper

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Leathers 21 River Skiff BARBASHELA 23 Jul 19 Airborne

06 Aug 19:

We restored the 1880s Mississippi River Skiff BARBASHELA back in 2016 for the Beauvoir Museum, she was moved inside to her new berth during the last part of July. She is the only surviving example of a skiff from that era, commonly used as tenders for steamboats. She was designed by Captain Thomas P. Leathers of the steamboat(s) Natchez, built on the deck of the Natchez and gifted to Ms. Winnie Davis of Biloxi. One of the things added for Winnie's comfort was floorboards, most skiff of that time were working skiffs and the bottom would have been open to scoop oysters, etc. She rows great, carries well and it is a treat to run her up on a beach and step right out onto the sand. Solid cypress, originally fasted with square nails. 21 feet long, 526 pounds. We used cypress from a local mill, silicone bronze, muslin, thickened epoxy and caulking cotton to get her back ship shape over a 10 month period.

We were happy to see that she is good shape and they are still using the cradle that we designed for her, it provides great support to her rockered hull and can easily roll around on furniture dollies. She also still has her bell, we hope all the kids get to ring it.


Friday, August 2, 2019

Fred's Penobscot 14 DEJA VU TOO For Sale $3500

When we started building our Penobscot 14 I was lucky enough to find a local gent who had built 2. I went to visit and got to see his beautiful craft Deja Vu Too. Seems his first P14 is missing in action after Hurricane Ivan swept it from underneath his house. Maybe we'll find it someday but that is another story.

So Fred built the second P14 and it went out to Madisonville, LA and won the Best Sailboat Award there. His boats are used almost daily, he loves to row and has put over 1200 miles on them around his backyard bay. Deja Vu Too got a new interior finish on the planks and stringers after a mildew attack, and she still looks stunning. Fred used oak,mahogany and spanish cedar for the seats and rail cap. He made the oars out of cherry and built a nice rowing station as well.

(image credit: Fred)

(image credit Fred)

Fred also built a nice motor launch as well, which won the Best Of Show Award at Madisonville.

And he dabbles in Weekend Skiff variants.

Here are a few detail shots to help out fellow P14 builders. Enjoy!

She has a nice gunter rig with sails by Schurr Sails Pensacola.

Fred is asking $3500 USD for DEJA VU TOO. She is in Milton, Florida. If interested, post a comment or send us an email to our profile account.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

1965 Alcort Sunfish WAVE 23 Jul 19 Hawaii Hull Numbers

23 Jul 19:

More sanding to remove old paint on WAVE and we uncovered the shadow of her old Hawaii registration numbers, HA 1988 B. She must have had them for a while, the surrounding gelcoat is pretty sunburnt.

And her vintage alcort sticker shadow.

We also uncovered the Blood Stripe that Capn Jack had painted on her back in 1994. We painted over it around 2000, and are going to put it back with her new paint scheme.

The stripe started 36 inches back from the bow and ended 18 inches shy of the transom.

Log of WAVE.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Alcort 1953-1971 Rudder Releasing Mechanism Tips

22 Jul 19:

Folks have problems with the old style rudder releasing mechanism, usually due to worn parts or loose installation. There was also a retrofit to put a nylon tube around the carriage bolt on the fiberglass boats to limit movement.