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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/

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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:

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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!

Happy New Year!

Now that the calendar is changed over, and we all try to get used to writing “2019”, it’s back to work in the boat shed!  Ragna’s refurbishing is coming along nicely, and it was a productive day yesterday – but we were mostly too busy to take photos – thanks to Dale S for these.

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Looking nice and clean – lots of sanding has been done, the gunwale has been planed back and prepared for a new ash lamination on the outer edge – the fir was splintering in places, and not durable enough.  Also, the centerboard was scraped, and will be planed a bit thinner, to keep it from binding in the trunk.

And, as it was a pretty mild January day, with a light breeze, a couple of us decided to take Button Swan out for a bit – sadly, the breeze died almost as soon as we got out there, but for a brief moment, we were sailing!  Good thing we enjoyed rigging the boat, and the bit of rowing!

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Relaunch of the Enky

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Yesterday we finished our refurbishment of the boat that was donated to us by Robert and Enneke Allan.  We’ve been working on it over the past few months, replacing the centerboard trunk, stern knee, and mast step, as well as repairing a few other parts.

After a repainting and varnishing, all that was left to do was oiling and installing the floorboards, mounting the rudder gudgeons, and raising the standard.

Then we took her out to the dock to get acquainted with our other boats, performed a brief ceremony, and relaunched her as “ENKY”, named after Enneke Allan, who christened her with a splash of rum.  A couple of rounds of rowing followed, where she was pronounced a fine and speedy craft, and she took up her place at our dock, ready for enjoyment by our club members!

The boat shop didn’t remain empty for long, as we brought Ragna in for a (much less extensive) refurbishment, with some repair needed to her gunwales, thinning the centerboard to prevent jamming, and a thorough varnishing job.  It will be great to get her back in tip-top shape!

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Last week we made a visit to a local boat-builder who, sadly, was closing up shop, and offered us some of his remaining wood supply.  We’re sorry to see Dave Bradford closing Alder Bay Boat Company, and wish him well in his next adventure.  We plan to use this wood supply on some of our upcoming work.

Talk, Paint and Party

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Coming up next Thursday, our wharfinger Bruce will be giving a talk at the Museum on the “never before told true story of the incredible intertwined histories of St Roch and North Star of Herschel Island”.   Free with museum admission or with museum membership.  https://vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/event/sisters-ice

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The Robert Allan got a fresh coat of white paint on the interior and blue on the sheer plank last Saturday.  Really brightens her up!

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We also raised a glass of rum in honour of the birthday of Joost (Maritime Museum Executive Director, far left) – he is a great supporter of our club, and it was nice to give him some recognition!