Friday, October 28, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Barbashela Log 27 Oct 16

27 Oct 16:

Aft half of the boat has her Valspar Ultra "Swiss Coffee" satin finish coat. Floor boards and seats have their finish coat of "Whipped Apricot" as well.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Onkahye Gets A New Trailer 26 Oct 16

26 Oct 16:

New trailer for Onkahye, frame and axle are dropped to lower the boat. Galvanized, trailer jack, spare, LED lights, guides, centerboard bunk. We will be able to launch her in some really skinny water now and she rides smooth on 13 inch radials now vs the 12 inch bias ply tires. Eddie English and his crew in Milton, Florida did a great job making the trailer frame and custom fitting all the accessories

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Barbashela Log 25 Oct 16

25 Oct 16:

All of Barbashela's cypress was hand picked by the owners of Wilson Cypress in Milton. We took her on a road trip to say thanks, check out the trailer adjustments and weigh her.

Top weight is the van, trailer and boat plus add 6 pounds for being down one gallon of gas compared to when we got the bottom weight, which was the van and empty trailer. So Barbashela weighs 526 pounds without oars.

She road like a dream, no bouncing or rattling, a good match for the loadRite sailboat trailer.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Barbashela Log 19 Oct 16 Sea Trials Take 2

19 Oct 16:

Skipper getting Barbashela ready for inspection by Capn Jack and The Boss.

Rowed and paddled Barbashela, she handled great!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Barbashela Log 18 Oct 16

18 Oct 16:

First coat of Minwax Polyshades Walnut Gloss, going over the top of Honey Pine which was way too light. The oar material is lodgepole pine.

Dave at Modern Blacksmith made the skeg strap out of copper and countersunk holes for #10 screws.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Barbashela Log 17 Oct 16 Sea Trials!!

17 Oct 16:

Slid Barbashela off the furniture dollies onto the O'Day Daysailer trailer, which also has kind of a flat bottom. Adjusted the bunks to catch the chine on either side, need to add a small strip under the keel and a bow stop.

Sealed the oars later with Minwax Polyshades, it offers good stain and polyurethane protection for this application, light use and indoor storage.

But then she was off to the ramp next door behind the Odyssey. With the help of the Skipper and trusty mates, Barbashela dipped into the waters of the Bay for the first time in a long time. She floated with a nice fore and aft trim, sits beautifully on the water. She rowed light as a feather, minimal effort to get started and she carried momentum well with her length and weight. Turns on a dime, she has great balance and control, both at rest and underway. Skipper also paddled from the stern seat and made 1 1/2 knots with ease. We got her up to 2 1/2 knots even with non rowers on the sticks.

Congratulations to Barbashela, she is officially a boat again!

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Barbashela Log 16 Oct 16

16 Oct 16:

Cut oar lock pads from cypress, attached pads, drilled holes for oar lock sockets and chiseled out a recess for bronze manganese sockets.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Barbashela Log 15 Oct 16

15 Oct 16:

Pat, Skipper, Murray and Fred (L-R) check out Barbashela's new 9 foot oars. Fred brought over the set of awesome oars that he crafted from lodgepole pine. He has rowed thousands of miles in his Penobscot 14 and built several award winning boats for the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, so Barbashela is fortunate to sport a new set of his oars. We also got a visit from Pat and Murray, that's a lot of boating and boatbuilding knowledge standing there.

Then I photo bombed...

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Barbashela Log 14 Oct 16:

14 Oct 16:

Offsets and materials list.

Painted the bow wave. Used tape from the port side to transfer the bow wave outline to the starboard.

Painted with Valspar alkyd enamel "Mark Twain House Brown."

Painted the bow wave with Valspar alkyd enamel "Mark Twain House Brown." Bow eye and ring got a coat of Rustoleum High Performance Protective Enamel.

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