Just to show what our boats look like when it snows:

Button Snow

The Button Swan’s cover was off, as Tom was attaching some sandbags to deal with the wind!  So instead it had to deal with snow.

Vogler Snow

Brent and Ingrid were on snow-removal duty – a HUGE thank-you for what appears to be a HUGE job!!!!

Button Cover

Now the cover is back on the Button Swan, and she’s looking much happier.  Thanks Tom!

Happy New Years!

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Welcome to 2020!  The last few weeks have seen some satisfying progress on our current build – the molds have been cut and assembled on the strongback, the boards for the transom have been glued up, and the inner keel has been cut.

Our power went out for a while on Saturday, long enough for us to get busy with hand-saw to cut the keel and trim the slots in the molds for it.  We all appreciated how much quieter hand-tools are than power-tools!  But we stopped short of ripping the thin veneer strips for the laminated stem.

The transom was glued up with some gorgeous sapele!  The wavy grain should look wonderful on the boat.  Since we only have three clamps large enough, we used rope and wedges to clamp the outer edges – worked like a charm!  (in case you’re wondering about the tilt, that picture IS actually straight – the shed was tilting and rocking a lot in the wind)

Yes, it was very windy!  The waves were sending spray over the spit, and we measured the wind speed at about 35 kt.  The bracing help MAY have been a bit theatrical, though effective!

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Our New York member Leif introduced us to a scanning app on his phone, called TurboScan – we had some fun with making striking images like this – I love how the wood-grain shows up!

The previous Saturday started with a tour of the new boat in Heritage Harbour: Querencia, a 40′ Sparkman & Stephens teak yawl built in Hong Kong in 1960.   The owner Duane welcomed a bunch of us aboard, and we spent some time examining the beautiful boat, under her winter cover.  Duane has a very comprehensive set of photos of the boat’s restoration in 2004, and lots of great detail shots of her immaculate current condition:   Near the bottom of the page is a video showing some of Saturday’s wind, and a bit of our work in the shed.

And that Saturday finished with a few of us taking advantage of the (mostly) sunny day and reasonable temperatures to take Ragna out for some winter sailing – sure felt great to be out there!!