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Fresh paint

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Our boat shed is looking spiffy again, thanks to a fresh coat of paint, including the signage above the door.

Thanks to all who worked on that, and especially Dale who did a lot (including climbing the ladder from a swaying dock to paint the top edge of the swaying shed!), and Bruce who painted the lettering on the sign.

The Davidson dinghy is coming along, with a good sanding, and a start on the patching job.

And we’ve come across some interesting info on derelict or wrecked boats, put out by Transport Canada – https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/abandoned-boats-wrecks-4454.html.  This will answer some of those questions about rights and responsibilities when it comes to salvaging boat parts.

One more thing – when tying up Ragna after your sail, please use 3 lines – one of them a spring line from the stern to the forward cleat on the dock: this will prevent the paint on the transom and the nameplate from wearing out too quickly.  It’s great to see the boats getting a lot of use!

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Ok, just one more thing – the Granville Island Wooden Boat Festival is coming up quickly, as it tends to do – August 23-25.  If you’re around, we would love to have you help out in some way – taking the boats over (Thursday night and Saturday morning), talking to people at our booth (Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday), participating in the dinghy races (Saturday 11am), or taking the boats back on Sunday late afternoon.  Please get in touch with Georgina if you can help out!

 

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Interim project, Sam Mc update

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We have a new project in the shed – a Davidson dinghy, which has seen some rough times, and we’ll be getting it back into service.  It belongs to the Maritime Museum director, and has been resting on the dock near our shed for a month or so.  We plan to do a minimally invasive repair of some delamination and hole in the bottom.

We’re not sure how it sustained the damage, but the very rough fiberglass repair was stripped away with the help of Bruce’s heat gun, and the hole was exposed.

The boat is made of 3 layers of veneer, formed and glued into the hull shape – there’s some delamination along the gunwales which we’ll be pouring thinned epoxy resin into, and then we’ll add a more substantial rub strip to reinforce it.  Because of the patching job we’ll need to do, we expect that we’ll end up painting it, to avoid a patch-work finish.

Also getting fresh paint is our shed, which was scraped and sanded, and received a nice new colour.  We ran out of our ready supply of paint, so we hope to get another coat this weekend, as long as it’s not raining!

And we got word from Kirby and his family, who are refurbishing the Sam Mc which they bought from the club – they’ve got her nearly ready to launch, and looking great!! Nice work!

Meanwhile, our boats are being enjoyed more and more – we’ve had a couple of boats out each Saturday, as well as some weekday sailing.   Last Saturday we got the Enke going, and she sails like a dream!  Last Wednesday I had her out in a very light wind, and with the gunter rig, she was able to catch the faintest of breezes, and I truly enjoyed ghosting along, getting where I wanted to go.  And last night Ingrid and I enjoyed (or should I say survived!) a wild ride in the Button Swan, in rising, gusty wind.  Made for an exciting evening, and reinforced the need to install a good reefing system!  It was great fun though!

Vogler relaunch

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There she is, ready for many more miles of rowing!  The Vogler turned out beautifully, with new seats in yellow cedar, and fresh varnish and paint.  We put her back in the water on Saturday.

Her bottom paint is now a nice blue, which goes very well with the bright white above water.

Dale promptly took her out for a quick row – the first of many!  It’s great to get the boat back in the water again and looking her best.

Last Wednesday we had Ragna and Button Swan out for a beautiful and peaceful evening of sailing – the wind seemed to die down just as we did a practice rigging, but came up again, so we went out for a couple of hours, and it was wonderful!

It’s always nice to see other small boats arriving at our dock – one of the owners with a larger boat also has this little beauty, built by Dave Bradford at Alder Bay Boat Company – nice to see one of his boats out on the water!  Also, Dale S. had his SCAMP Luna, a sweet little cruiser out for some sailing, and took a few people out in it.

Button Swan and Ragna, enjoying a gorgeous sunset!

Vogler refinish

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Our trusty old 1920s rowboat, Vogler has now had her first coat of paint and varnish done, and is starting to look great – big thanks to Dale for the extra work during the week, to keep the project moving along!

A layer of Dolfinite bedding compound between the layers of wood will help keep the water out of the joints.  And the clipboard will fill up as the coats of varnish build up!

Other fun at the dock – we’re called on once in a while to help turn a boat around at the dock, as other owners do work on the boats, or get ready to leave the dock.  It’s always fun to handle the ropes like that!  And our club boats are getting out there regularly for some great fun.  We’ve started on an instructional video on how to rig Ragna, and hope to have that out soon, to enable more club members to enjoy the boats!  Meanwhile, we do have a printed set of rigging instructions at the shed, or available by email by request.

Another way to get involved with our dock neighbours is a fundraiser by Providence, a 64 foot 1903 gaff ketch built in Denmark, now starting sail-driven cargo service between Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and some of the southern gulf islands, and eventually planning to go as far as Costa Rica for coffee.  They’ve got some interesting offerings in return for funding: I’m looking forward to a day-sail with them – on a slightly bigger vessel than our little boats!

Help us launch Canada’s first Sail Cargo Service in the Salish Sea

https://www.providence1903.com/

Ricochet

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We had a fascinating visit to Brent’s project boat, Ricochet, a 1956 46′ Kettenburg PCC (Pacific Cruising Class) Sloop which he’s working on at Shelter Island Marina, Richmond. Since the club last visited the boat in 2014, he’s done a LOT of work on building out the interior and the deck.

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From her mahogany transom and toe-rails to the beautiful teak decking, the work and materials are top-notch, and she’s looking amazing!

Brent treated us to a pleasant picnic aboard, and with the wind buffeting the shelter, it felt like we were afloat on the sea!

After thoroughly crawling over and inspecting the boat, we went for a walk around the rest of the marina, looking at the other boats getting work done on them.

It’s fascinating to see boats above ground, and their scale is enormous!

One of the other boats is a sister-ship to Ricochet, getting a lot of her planking replaced, also with mahogany.

It was a wonderful time at the marina, and so great to see Brent’s progress on Ricochet!

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Vogler refresh, and upcoming visit to Ricochet

With Ragna out of the shed and back in the water, work has now begun on Vogler’s refinishing.  After looking at the seats and deciding that some were in pretty rough condition, we decided to replace them all, to keep them looking good and uniform.  We got a great start on that yesterday.

Next Saturday, April 13, we’ll be visiting Brent’s project boat, Ricochet, 1956 46′ Kettenburg PCC (Pacific Cruising Class) Sloop which he’s working on at Shelter Island Marina, Richmond.  The club last saw the boat in 2014, when Brent invited everyone down:

https://oarlockandsail.com/2014/03/11/a-visit-with-ricochet/

https://oarlockandsail.com/2014/03/22/visiting-ricochet/

We’ll be leaving from our boat shed at 11am, and will be car-pooling as needed.  If you’d like to go straight there, his instructions from last time:

Shelter Island Marina, 6911 Graybar Rd, in a white with red-ends tarp-on-frame shelter in the north alley near the parking lot. Park in the lot, walk in the main gate, turn north (away from the river) at Variety Marine and walk through the boats toward the red-ended shelter. Or if the small north gate is open, come right in and find us four or five sheds in. Sounds more complicated than it is. Hope to see you there!

It will be great to see the progress he’s made!

Ragna Relaunch this weekend!

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Work has been progressing nicely on Ragna’s refinishing, and if all goes to plan, we’ll be launching her this coming Saturday, March 30th.  Come on down to the shed to enjoy the day!

The last few weeks, we finished the varnish, paint, and hardware on the interior, then flipped the boat to give the hull a fresh coat of paint.  Just before we launch her on Saturday, we’ll put on a fresh coat of bottom paint to limit the growth of sea creatures.

Meanwhile, our boats are being thoroughly enjoyed, with rowing and sailing, as well as the good feelings of just being around them!  And we’re working on a guide to rigging the boats, to enable more members to get out there.

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Gunwale paint

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The first coat (and by now, possibly a 2nd coat) of the contrasting colour has been applied to the gunwales, and is looking fabulous!  Gives a whole new fresh look to the boat.

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We had a nice picnic in the shed, courtesy of Dale, who rowed over to Granville Island in the Vogler – thanks Dale!  That added a nice touch to our Saturday fun!

Ragna progress

Varnishing began a couple of weeks ago, and has been coming along beautifully!

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A special thanks to Dale for the diligent job of varnishing through the week – we’ve now got 8 coats on the decks and thwarts, and will do some painting before doing the final coats of varnish.  The interior got a fresh coat of white, and is looking wonderful!

 

 

The gunwales got a coat of epoxy, and we’ve picked up a nice contrasting blue for them, which should look real sharp.

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And the spars got stripped and sanded for another coat of varnish.  The mast had some sunburn, so it was stripped down to wood, while the boom and gaff just needed a light sanding for a new coat.  The gaff jaws will also get new leather pads, as the old ones were a bit too weathered.

Meanwhile, Nick has sent a couple of photos from his time at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart – lots of great eye-candy there, I’m sure!

Gunwales

We’ve been busy the last couple of Saturdays with gluing on Ragna’s new ash gunwales.  We got one side glued up a week ago, and trimmed it down to thickness this past Saturday, and then glued on the other side.  That should be more durable!

Saturday was another gorgeous January day for a sail, with a south wind coming off the land, making for much flatter water than the usual lumpy west-wind conditions.  The Button Swan was feeling wonderful and lively!