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December – Gunwales, Risers, Quarter knee

The boat shed is a great place to hang out on a foggy winter day!  Nice and cozy in there when we get the heat on, coffee brewed, and if we’re lucky, a nice selection of Christmas baking to go with it!

2017-12-09 09.57.12Work continues on the Button Swan Providence River boat, fastening gunwales, fitting the quarter knees, and making the thwart risers.

She’s really showing her lines nicely now, with the gunwales in place!

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The risers are being fitted, but may need some steaming in order to get them to twist into place.

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One of the quarter knees is mostly fitted, with (hopefully) just a little more tweaking to get it to the right place and angle.  Very tricky corner, that! And after the fitting is done, it will need some shaping, to make it less chunky.

We enjoyed the plane workshop led by Brent, learning about some of the many types of woodworking planes.  He brought a big chunk of yellow cedar, and gave us a chance to try out some of the planes.  It was a fun and interesting session!

Happy New Year, and hope to see you in the shop in the coming year – we are looking forward to completing our work on the boat, and launching her!

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Floor boards, Gunwales, and Rudder

We got a start on the floor boards, steamed in a new set of inwales and outwales (out of yellow cedar this time), and more work done on the rudder and mast step.

Also, in preparation for the plane workshop this coming saturday, Brent cleared some bench space, an always much needed and difficult thing to do!  Rob and Dale built a shelf to move the paint and finishes collection over to the other side of the shed, further helping to balance the floating shed.  It’s the little things that help make it so much nicer down there!

And to get into the holiday spirit, we put up a rope “wreath” – not sure how well it will last though – it didn’t seem very durable!  Oh well, we got a photo to show it at its best!

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Upcoming Workshop/Seminar on Woodworking Planes

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One of our club members will be conducting a short workshop/seminar on woodworking planes – types, techniques & tips, on Saturday Dec 9th, at 1 pm at the floating workshop.  The workshop will be free and all OLAS and Museum members are invited to attend.

Let there be light

We got the new window glass installed, and it’s nice and bright in the shed again!!

Inspired by the new light, we also made some changes inside.  The shed has been listing towards the back a bit lately, so we moved some weight to the front, which, along with the window bars has helped quite a bit.  There had been some rain coming in at the top of and between the doors, so we blocked some of that with strips of wood – that made a huge difference in blocking the wind as well – it got nice and cozy!  And we turned the Fancy Pram on its side, allowing more light to spread in the shed, provides some storage for rudders and centerboards in the boat, and we built a bit of a bench/shelf above the boat.  In the space where the boat used to stand, we put up some clamp racks for much easier access.

Meanwhile, we also got some work done on the Button Swan (yes, it was a nicely productive day!).  We got the in-wales fitted (we were happier than it appears), more work done on the rudder, and got the mast step mostly fitted.

All in all, another great day at our little floating shed at Vancouver Maritime Museum’s Heritage Harbour!

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Button Swan Rudder

The rudder for the boat was started on Saturday.  Arnt had milled and glued up the stock for it (thanks Arnt!), and Brent got the drawing transferred and cut out.  We then worked on tapering the rudder – it was a lot of wood to remove by plane, but a few of us took turns, and got it done.  The pile of shavings grew a lot! (and smelled great)

Other work included laying out the pattern for floor boards and beginning to fit and shape the in-wales and out-wales.  We’ll need to steam them to fit the curve of the sheer, and hope to get that done this Saturday.

The Sam Mc got her rig checked in preparation for sale, and a couple of minor repairs looked after.  Hope we can find a suitable home for that lovely boat!

Article in Westender

Recently, a contributor to the Westender weekly newspaper happened upon our little slice of paradise, and wrote an article about us:

http://www.westender.com/news-issues/your-hood/finding-dories-wooden-boats-afloat-at-vancouver-workshop-on-the-water-1.23003523

Hopefully that will bring in some more interested souls!

The Final Frame

Today we fastened the final frame on the Button Swan Providence River boat!

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Preparing to drive the nail

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Setting the rove

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And a little pat for good luck after peening – nice little rivet!

Thanksgiving progress report

A bit surprisingly, it was a very busy Saturday at the boat shed!  We had around 15 people at various times, and got a lot of work done.

We’ve got only 10 more frames to rivet in place, and we’ve removed all the temporary moulds – it’s looking nice and clean in the hull now!  (except for the tools left in place, ready for next weekend!)

We also got a start on some much-needed maintenance on the shed – Ken kicked it off with replacing some of the rotten studs below the windows, and we’ve got one window frame rebuilt with fresh wood.  It feels great to get this much-needed and long-delayed project started!  There’s just a sheet of plywood closing the window opening for now, but glass is on its way.

The boats have been seeing some action, which is always nice!

Looking forward to next weekend, when we’ll likely complete the frame fastening.  Then, perhaps the inwales?

Heritage Harbour Classic

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The first annual “Heritage Harbour Classic” sailboat race was held on Sunday Sept 17, 2017 at the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s Heritage Dock Marina.

A total of five boats, four from the marina and one invited, participated in the event that saw a course run twice from the jetty point out to the gravel barge buoy and back. The winds and the weather were unpredictable, but the boats made the most of the challenging conditions.

Winsome 111, a 36 foot wooden sloop skippered by Steve Elder won handily, despite losing her halyard halfway through the race. The win was not surprising as she has won the Swiftsure three times. Watch the 1961 race:  https://youtu.be/tMPlDYW7o5M

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Next was ERN, the 34 foot wooden cutter/sloop skippered by owners Rob O’Dea and Tom Arntzen followed by ODIN the 21 foot converted aluminium lifeboat rigged as a gaff sloop, skippered by owner Arnt Arntzen.  Next was the 46 foot  wooden cutter Aegean skippered by owner Dave Snell. Sylvester, the 16 foot wooden gaffrigged catboat skippered by owners Rob & Ellen Kondratowski did not finish due to light winds.

The race was followed with a barbecue on the dock in front of Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club workshop.  It was attended by 3 museum staff, OLAS members and Heritage Dock members and their families.  The trophy designed and built by Arnt consisting of a traditional Lunenburg  wooden block mounted on a teak stand with brass plaque was awarded to Steve of Winsome 111, whose idea the whole event was in the first place.  He keeps the trophy for one year and then passes it on to the winner of next years Heritage Classic.

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WINSOME 111

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ALL THE SAILORS LOOKING AT THE COURSE
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AND THEY ARE OFF. SYLVESTER, ERN WITH AGEAN STARBOARD SIDE, ODIN AND WINSOME 111
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ODIN AND CREW CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
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SEE BELOW FOR ODIN DOCKING UNDER SAIL….
ODIN CREW AND OLAS MEMBERS BRENT ASH AND BRUCE MACDONALD
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SYLVESTER
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ERN BACK AT DOCK AND BARBECUE UNDERWAY
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TURNED OUT TO BE A LOVELY DAY SYLVESTER AND AEGEAN BACK AT DOCK
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THE WINNERS OFF WINSOME 111 WITH THE TROPHY CAPTAIN STEVE IN THE MIDDLE
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ODIN DOCKING UNDER SAIL
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Summer Recap

It’s been a while since our last post, and while summer is a bit of a slow time at the boat shed, we’ve made a fair bit of progress on the Providence River Boat.

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After fastening the final planks, the following week we took the hull out of the shed onto the dock, and flipped it right-side-up.  We then got it set up on the strong-back, to get ready for the next steps.  Steaming the white oak frames into the hull went well, and once they cooled down in their new shape, they got oiled and put aside for later.

We then shaped the floor timbers, which was a fascinating, finicky process, fitting the boards to the shape of the planking (making sure to leave limber holes for water to drain along in the bilge).  Once they were shaped, we fastened a pair of frames to each of the floors, and then attached them to the keel.

Next up was rivetting all the frames in place, through the planking.  We’ve finished riveting every 2nd set of frames, which are attached to the floors, and have started to complete the rest of the ‘in between’ frames.  It’s looking more and more like a boat every week!


Meanwhile, a few events which happened during the summer:

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Gathering some wood in anticipation of the next boat, at Brittania Heritage Shipyard.  They had a surplus of wood, and offered it to us at an attractive price.  A bunch of us went down to sort through their stacks, and came away with a bunch of potential planking stock.  While there, we gained some inspiration for a possible next project – a traditional west coast fishing boat.

We had several of our boats on display at the Brittania during the Richmond Maritime Festival, and a couple of our members spent some time there answering questions.

Our boats were also at the Granville Island Wooden Boat Festival, but we were woefully understaffed, due in part to the number of people away on holiday.  Hopefully next year will work out better, especially since the festival organizer is keen to revive the dinghy races which OLAS ran for a number of years!

And, a brand new event in its first year: the Heritage Harbour Classic, a fun and informal race amongst some of the boats berthed in our harbour.  The cold and rainy weather didn’t do much to dampen the enthusiasm, and 5 boats took part, including some of our members in their boats.  Afterward, the dock was busy with a BBQ and socializing.  This promises to be a great event next year, with the runners-up thinking of how to improve on this year’s results, to get their hands on the coveted trophy!

Now as we get into fall and winter, our floating boat shed will become a cozy place to spend a few hours every Saturday!  Come down between 10am and 1 or 2pm to see what we’re up to – we enjoy introducing people to our craft!