Bit by bit things are getting accomplished in the boat shed. Last week was exciting, with 90km winds battering the shed. Fortunately the windstorm occurred on a saturday, so members were on hand to retrieve fenders that had been pushed under the dock, add more fenders, and generally make things secure. Some minor damage occurred where the shed was rubbing up against the dock.
The week before, new overhead lumber storage racks were built in the shed, allowing us to store more long pieces of lumber up off the floor. This week Darcy was turned over in preparation for having her name painted on the transom. This might sound easy, but Darcy is a big boat, and needs several people to turn her over. Plus, three other boats had to be moved out of the shed first, then back in afterward. The bandsaw and sanding centre have been placed in their new locations.
Once Darcy has her name on the transom (hopefully in a couple of weeks), we should be able to move her out of the shed to make some space. Also coming up will be our Annual General Meeting in the next couple of weeks.
OLAS was at the Vancouver International Boat Show (Feb. 9-12) as part of the Wooden Boat Alley display. We had our partly completed Gartside Pram on display, and Gerry Stensgaard even added a couple of planks during the show. There were also a pair of oars which received some shaping. This was a popular activity with young boaters. The Wooden Boat Alley booth attracted a lot of attention from the Boat Show public and also from the media. The Boat Show is a great opportunity for the club to get exposure to the boating community. Plus the Wooden Boat Alley booth provides the Boat Show with a popular attraction that adds character and interest to the Show. We would like to thank all the Volunteers that came out and helped to set up our booth, man the booth during the show, and take everything down at the end. Rod Tait at Orca Boats has generously offered to store the Booth at his shop so that we can do it again next year.
The Darcy has received a couple of fresh coats of bottom paint. So now she is ready for the water. After the boat show next week we will move Darcy out of the shed to make room for our next boatbuilding project.
We are pleased to announce that the new floatation has been installed in the Boat Shed today. The shed is now floating six or seven inches higher than before, and is very stable. Our Shed Committee, headed by Robert Buller, arranged for the purchase of six tough plastic bins filled with Styrofoam. Each of these bins provides approximately 800 pounds of flotation. Skookum Yacht Services from Granville Island donated their time to install the new floats. The installation was a challenging job, involving the attachment of 800 lbs of lead to each float, sinking the float into position and then transferring the 800 lbs of lead to the next float. The Skookum guys did a “skookum” job, and although a bit time consuming, the process went off without a hitch.
So now that the Boat Shed has plenty of flotation, we can begin to resume our boatbuilding activities. There is plenty to be done over the next few weeks. We need to complete the construction of the workbench on the north side of the shed, and then bring our tools out of storage and install them in the shed. The Darcy will need to have her bottom painted so that we can get her out into the water. We may need to rent a heater in order to help the paint dry. Before painting, the Darcy still needs her waterline finalised and taped – this is a bit of a challenge that some of our more experienced members may want to help with. So there is lots to do and you can expect that something will be going on at the Boat Shed every Saturday. Our usual start time is 10:00am.
Also on the horizon is the Vancouver Boat Show – Feb. 8-12. We will be looking for volunteers to help set up our booth (Feb 7 or 8), to man the booth during the show (especially evenings and the weekend), and to take down the booth (Feb 12th, in the evening). We plan on having a “working” booth. We will take the partially completed Pram that is hanging up in Dave Bradford’s shop and set it up at the Boat Show and do some work on it during the show. After the Boat Show we will take the Pram to the Boat Shed and it will become our next boat-building project!