Sunday, March 26, 2017

While I was sick. ..

While I am being sick with a cold Warren is being quite productive and making me feel guilty. I did manage to drag my sorry butt down there to get a short video for you.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sharp tools and signs of spring

We wanted to say a special thanks to some folks.
This season we are starting off with newly sharpened chisels , slicks and plane blades thanks to the amazing sharpening skills of Mike Illingworth of Cap Pele, NB. As much as we try not to, our tools take a terrible workout throughout the year and while we give them a cursory  filing and sharpening  our skills cannot even come close to Mike's.
These tools are anywhere from 10 to 100 years old and work just like new. Thank you, Mike. Also thank you to Art Keeble for picking up and delivering the tools. We appreciate it very much.

We read quite a bit throughout the cold winter  nights and we also appreciate the folks who pass on great maritime books for us, either on loan or just give them too us. We love to read about the history of our ancestors  and shipbuilding/sailing in general.  Actually, we read anything that has an interesting story and that relates to our history.
So, thank you to Charles Manthorne, Randolph Pope, Keith Knott and others who have been so kind as to share their love of books with us. Here's a small sample

We did manage to get in the shop one afternoon and got a little more decking laid but since then I have been held up with a nasty cold. Horrible stuff. We are looking forward to the better weather and the visitors that seem to come along with it.
Have a great spring.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The wearin' o the green

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all. The day when everyone has a little Irish in them no matter where you're from.

We were able to work on Lena Blanche a few days in March. So we did a little more decking and managed to get a start on the rail

We have also had quite a few visitors lately.
Our Nova Scotia friends brought guests from Toronto,  our New Brunswick friends brought visitors from Germany and we've had people stop in who just wanted to check on the progress. What an amazing opportunity we've had to meet so many people from different countries and walks of life.
We have decided on a colour for the vessel.  Drum roll please.........
Poison Ivy Green. Or as close as we can get to that amazing shade.
Here's an idea of what it will look like,

This isn't the exact colour but close enough for the model.
We will continue to finish out the decking and rails and by the time that's done hopefully the better weather will be here.  😉

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


It was a beautiful day after all of the cold and snow we've had so we decided to get into the shop and lay some decking. I'm a little sore tonight but it was worth it.
We got a visit this morning from our friend Eric and his brother, Alfie, who is visiting from NL. We enjoyed a cuppa coffee and caught up on all the news. During his visit Alfie gave us a box full of raw water pump replacement parts for the vessel. These will come in handy when we're out at sea. Wanted to show a pic and say 'thank you '.  We really appreciate his thoughtfulness.
  We're looking forward to a week of warmer weather and getting the decking nearer to completion.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Keeping on, keepin on

The knees are all bolted in the Samson post and the keelson. It took some planing and fitting to make it exactly what we wanted but I think it was worth it. Strong and sweet to the eye. But, oh, the vacuuming!  The poor shop vac earned its keep that day. 

 The grey/ black water tanks are well underway. They smell of polyester resin abounds throughout. We are making sure to keep everything well ventilated.  One of the great things about fibreglass is that if you can think it ip, you can make it. So these tanks are specifically made for this vessel. That way we can make the best use of the space we have without taking up living space.

This is sort of what it looks like when we're planning what's next. The design of the fuel tanks starts out with a bunch of calculations and cardboard. You'll notice that we have help with our floor work.

It's supposed to be fairly decent temperatures this week so we may get more decking/ structural work done to the hull. Have a great week.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A new year.

Happy New Year - 11 days late but better late than never.
We had a lovely Christmas.  Quiet but nice. Saw family and some friends both new and old. We often go a little stir crazy because for a few weeks it seems as though you can't find time to get at anything. We are now getting back to the routine.
Several people have asked us if we are going to be ready to launch for the 150 anniversary of Canada.  Unfortunately,  this is not to be. It would be a wonderful thing to be a part of the tall ships sail past to celebrate our great country and the great history of these beautiful ships. We look forward to the day when we can be a part of this proud tradition.
Now on to a mini update:

We have started the molds for the fibreglass tanks.

We have done quite a bit of glass work before- Warren used to run a shop way back when and we have made some steeples and other pieces here as well. Never get used to the smell though. Phew!
We have fitted the knees  fore and aft of the Samson post.  We're just waiting for a day when it's warm enough in the shop to bed them in before we bolt them in securely.
 We are still doing some decking when it's not horribly cold in the shop. And getting little fiddly things fixed up so that we won't be held up later.
Hope your 2017 has started  well and that good things follow you throughout the year.