Saturday, January 24, 2015

Procrastination Can Be a Good Thing

Time to regroup my plans for the lug-yawl sail plan for Gardens of Fenwick.

The initial lug-yawl rig drawing from John Welsford (in 2012) featured the Scamp sail and spars appropriately sized for the Pathfinder. This, I thought, was a good thing. The Scamp lug sail measures 100 sq. ft. While the dimensions are not identical, the lug sail for the Goat Island Skiff measures 105 sq. ft. Seemed to me I could use the GIS sail on Gardens (can't sail two boats at one time so having just one lug sail didn't pose a problem). However, over time, I became aware that the lug sail DuckWorks sells for the Pathfinder lug-yawl rig measures 148 sq. ft. That is quite a difference.

As previously noted, I sent John an email with my questions. In the meantime, I ordered the Pathfinder Lug Yawl sail plan drawing from DuckWorks (which I should have done a long time ago). That drawing arrived the other day and confirmed the larger sail (which is what I suspected to be the case).

So, I have work to do: New spars and a new sail. But since I hadn't begun the spars for the Pathfinder (the mast is taller, the boom is longer and the yard is longer than on the GIS, necessitating new ones), this change in plans didn't really cost me anything.

Procrastination can be a good thing.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

An AHA Moment...

Well, not a life-changing AHA moment but an important one for me and the building of Gardens.

Let's just say a situation arose when I planked the hull. And let's just say the cause was either mistakes made in laying out the frames or in beveling the stringers. And let's just say I've been trying to come to grips with a solution for more than a year (planking was completed in November 2013).

So, I had questions about the sail plan for John Welsford and earlier this week I wrote to John with my questions - including, "What can I do with the situation?" About 30 seconds after I hit "Send" I had the AHA moment and figured out how to correct my mistakes.

The solution came to me about that quickly after realizing I was looking at the situation from the wrong angle. Change the perspective about 90° and the solution was right there! Of course, with Gardens upside down until spring, implementing the solution will have to wait but it is exciting to have finally seen what I've missed all these months. (I'll save the details of the mistakes until they are well taken care of…)

As for the sail-plan question, I suspect I know the answer to that one, too, but I need confirmation of my suspicions.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Peace of Mind

Bah, Humbug!

That's about how I've felt over the last few days. No, I haven't been sick. And, no, it hasn't been about the recent holiday season. The holidays were really quite nice - despite the rush and hullabaloo to get everything done and perfect. And it hasn't been about the weather, although winter has definitely arrived and boat-building work is on hold until spring. We need winter and the cold that comes with it.

Bah, Humbug! was my initial reaction to several recent threads on the WoodenBoat Forum. Bah, Humbug! was my own internal reaction but, as has happened before, after thinking through the threads I chose peace of mind rather than a pointless need to be "right." No matter what I may have written in response to any of those "disturbing" threads, I would not have changed anyone else's opinion. I let those threads - and my initial reactions - go.

Peace of mind. Something to cultivate and cherish.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Congrats to Rik!

Congratulations to Rik on the successful launch of his Pathfinder! See his photos and watch his video on his blog post, Salt.

Keep the sailing photos, videos and adventures coming, Rik. This is the sort of thing that will get me through the looming winter!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Michigan Mid-November

What happened to October? And all my plans to have Gardens' hull painted before winter set in?

What happened was… Life. It seems that when I plan things, I don't take anything else into consideration. So, if ANYthing (anniversary trips, birthdays, etc.) outside of the plan arises, the plan takes a hit. I know better, too. I mean, one would think I'd allow some leeway in any plans I make but apparently I am a slow study.

And Winter happened. Sure, the calendar says it is still autumn but today's three inches of snow has "Winter" written all over it. The snow and steadily cooling (colding?) temperatures put an end to significant boat work in the barn until it warms up again. In the meantime I will bring supplies in from the barn and tidy up as best I can so the space will be ready at the earliest sign of spring. I can, and will, work on what I can in the shop until the bitter cold of January shuts me down there. Then I'll work on what I can in the basement. And, I will allow for Life when planning boat work.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Once Around the Sun… again…

Another trip around the sun completed today. It was a lovely day for boat work but Jan and I spent it collecting a nearly completed furniture project. We picked it up today because rain is in the forecast for next few days and we didn't want to dodge rainfall trying to get it home.


This is a chimney cupboard for my sister's country cottage. My brother-in-law did most of the work on this piece but I did learn a lot from watching and assisting (when possible). All it needs is a bit of sanding, paint and a few bits of hardware and it will be ready to deliver!

As for Gardens, I am still sanding, fairing and sanding - just not today. Not much to look at yet but painting will begin soon.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Step By Step... Slowly

Incremental - perhaps infinitesimal is more accurate - progress over the past week.

Working around cool days, I'm nearly done filling the weave of the FG cloth on the bottom. The stem and centerboard slot surrounds are installed but need glassing, sanding and fairing. Fairing of the hull is approaching that stage of, "just one more time…"

So, work continues at a slow pace but it is progressing. I wonder how long I can (should) wait before priming the hull?