Thursday, November 30, 2017

Drascombe Dabber VICTORY 30 Nov 17 Garboard Primer

30 Nov 17:

Rolled and tipped a coat of Pettit EZPrime on the garboard, let it dry 4 hours the applied second coat. We hope to get the bottoM painted and dry a few days while the trailer is being repaired at Eddie English Boat Trailer.


Penobscot 14 ST. JACQUES 30 Nov 17 Shoal Rudder

30 Nov 17:

We wanted to try out a fixed shoal rudder for the Penobscot and Skipper thought we should give the Dabber rudder a try. We moved the pintles to test it out.

The boat sailed great through all points with a balanced helm. Skipper liked the tiller being higher, maybe not this high with the final version.

The blade is abit small, so we will add a little tail to the new blade.


Picker Checklist

Here are some notes on my phone for when I go small boat pickin or deliver a boat. Things to take with me, things to look at, things to bring back.

Picker Checklist

Trailer lock keys
Line, tools and license plate
Trailer repair kit
Phone charger
Overnight bag
$$ Money $$

Pickin trailer checklist
Hitch, Latch, Lock, stow trailer jack, Safety chains, plug lights, Pull up
Check bearing buddies
Check tires
Check tiedown straps
License plate ON

Small Boat Checklist
Bill of sale and money

-trim deck edge
-bow handle
-drain plug
-swivel cam cleat



-S hook

-bow line
-daggerboard retainer

-Sunfish OEM?

-Sunfish OEM?
-hiking stick

Spar bag
Foil bag
Extra bits
Sunfish Owner's Manual

Bill of sale/Registration

License plate OFF


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Drascombe Dabber VICTORY 29 Nov 17 Screw Hole Repair

29 Nov 17:

Filled the old bilge rubber screw holes with TotalBoat THIXO. We will drill through that to make the right size not leaky hole when we reinstall the rubbers.

Thought I found another hole to be filled but it turned out to be the mizzen mast step drain hole.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Drascombe Dabber VICTORY 28 Nov 17 Float Test and Careen

28 Nov 17:

Dropped VICTORY in the bay for a leak test and yes there were leaks. The water was coming in through the holes where screws go through the hull to hold on the bilge rubbers. So we pulled the boat back out, then used the tilt trailer to place the boat in the yard.

Once the boat was on the grass we careened it by pulling the main halyard, which is attached to the top of the mast. One person was able to pull it over and another tied some lines to a large pine tree and the carriage house pergola.

The centreplate looks almost new.

Small area of rot on the keel.

Removed the bilge rubbers, they pried off easily with a tiger paw pry bar. The screws were very corroded and had lost their grip.

Sanded the portside hull with 60 grit on a random orbital sander. The bottom paint and some flaky paint came off easily.

Complete Log of VICTORY.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Drascombe Dabber VICTORY 27 Nov 17 Motor Well

27 Nov 17:

Test fit for our Suzuki 4 stroke 2 1/2 hp. As configured teh motor will not tilt up enough to engage the uplatch. We may just add a line and tie it to the ubolt on the inner transom if we need to raise it, or cut the new outboard pad just a bit lower.

Complete log of Victory.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Drascombe Dabber VICTORY 26 Nov 17 Centreplate Uphaul

26 Nov 17:

Rigged the centreplate uphaul with New England Rope Vintage and Tufnol blocks, purchased from R&W Rope.

Reattached the bilge rubbers.

Complete Log of VICTORY.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

ALCORT Catfish SMEDLEY 25 Nov 17 Parts Inventory and Rigging

25 Nov 17:

Skipper likes SMEDLEY. So we decided to play with rigging to see if all the parts were there.

The Highfield lever for the forestay.

Polyurethane floatation panel at top of sail.

Alcort's sailmaker.

Complete log of SMEDLEY.

ALCORT Catfish SMEDLEY 24 Nov 17 Arrives!

24 Nov 17:

We found a Catfish in Schenectady, NY on craigslist and bought it. The seller was very helpful in sending us lots of photos and emails so we could learn more about the boat and its condition. We arranged to have it shipped down through, and the shipper got it down to us in just a few days.

Skipper named the boat SMEDLEY, after one of our Marine Corps icons Smedley Butler, because only a Marine could have come up with the creative way to safely get the boat off of the truck rack and down to the ground. The aft end of the boat was secured to a large tree and the shipper was able to inch the truck out from underneath, controlled its descent back to earth with a strap. Nice job James! SMEDLEY is at the casa now, joining our armada of small boats.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Drascombe Dabber VICTORY 20 Nov 17 Floor Boards and Sails

20 Nov 17:

Worked on the floor boards for the Dabber. Laid the boards inside the boat upside down, on opposite side of where they will fit when finished. Set the spacing and attached cleats to hold the boards together with silicone bronze screws.

We found a used main and it arrived in the mail today.

Jib halyard on portside pin, main downhaul in the middle that cleats underneath the thwart in a jam cleat, and main halyard on the starboard pin.

Yard is tied about 3 grommets up.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Drascombe Dabber VICTORY 18 Nov 17

18 Nov 17:

Skipper and Capn Jack inspecting my work. Capn Jack has wanted a Dabber since 1979, coincidence that VICTORY is a 1979?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Drascombe Dabber VICTORY 17 Nov 17 New Floor

17 Nov 17:

Stepped the main and mizzen mast, they are in good enough shape to be saved. Stays are in good shape as well as the halyards.

Picked up some cumaru Peruvian teak for the floor, started cutting out new slats.

Tips for the Lugger and Dabber floor - sole -

-1x6 deck boards work great. They are actually 5 1/2 inches wide, which leaves a nice gap between boards. Some also already have radiused edges, saves time.
-Use the old floorboards as a pattern for width spacing, cleat spacing and shape.
-Put a wide board on the outside slat and work inboard, where you will have the shorter, narrow center boards.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Drascombe Dabber VICTORY 16 Nov 17 Floor Removal and Deep Clean

16 Nov 17:

Removed non standard plywood floor that covered mast step and centreplate eyebolt. Took her to carwash, put on HazMat suit, vacuumed out leaves and acorns, then spent $70 giving her a fresh water rinse. Hey, there's a boat under there, in pretty decent shape.

Measured some cleats to order the right size line for centerplate uphaul, jib sheets, mizzen sheet, mainsheet etc...kind of reverse engineering. R&W Ropes was kind enough to send me marked samples of New England Rope Vintage a while back, so that helped take out the guesswork.