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Dudley Dix – Cape Henry 21: San Juan Islands

Here are a few photos of the last 3 weeks sailing the San Juan Islands in our newly complete re-build of the Dudley Dix design Cape Henry 21 Gaff Cutter. The last week just Jody and I did Mystery Bay and then ended our trip by showing “Slough Coot” at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

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Dudley Dix – Cape Henry 21: Ready to Sail the San Juan Islands

Both van and boat (Dudley Dix design Cape Henry 21) are cleaned, serviced and ready for three weeks of sailing the San Juan Islands!! Jody and I will end the last week sailing Townsend Bay exploring Indian Island and Mystery Bay. On that Thursday we queue up to moor at Hudson Pt. Marina to show “Slough Coot” in the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

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Cathlamet Wooden Boat Show 2017 – More Pictures

Here are few more pics of this last weekends Cathlamet, WA Wooden Boat Fest. The Dudley Dix Cape Henry 21 with her redwood rowing pram “Coot Chick”, me doing a carvel plank corking demo, along with Gilbert Vik and the rest of the boat exhibitors This is what small town fun is all about!!

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Cathlamet Wooden Boat Show 2017

This last weekend was the Cathlamet Wooden Boat Show. Four of my boats were in the show. There was also an 8′ rowing dingy I donated to the Traditional Small Craft Association for which they sold raffle tickets. My boats included a Harry Bryan design 7′ Redwood Pram, 19′ Cuddy Cabin and a 21′ Gaff Cutter designed by Dudley Dix. Peter Marsh is standing in front of the Cape Henry 21 Gaff Cutter. Peter is a well known Maritime Journalist. The weekend was a great time!!

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Dudley Dix – Cape Henry 21: Sunrise on the Columbia

Here is a sunrise shot making way up the Columbia to one of our favorite Steelhead spots. You can see Mt. St. Helens in the background.

Also a shot of “Slough Coot” back in the water after building her a new bowsprit and Bobstay! She will get her new mainsail in mid August.

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Dudley Dix – Cape Henry 21: Bowsprit and Gaff

Today I added the third coat of paint on both the bowsprit and gaff. Tomorrow I’ll install the bowsprit anchor mounts, hang the
anchor and, if all goes well, put her back in the water.

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Dudley Dix – Cape Henry 21: Slough Coot Back in the Yard

Slough Coot is back in the yard. The previous owner fit the Cape Henry 21 with a bowsprit 32″ long when the plans show 4 feet. He also built the gaff at 9 feet, when the plans show 12′-4″. I have had a new mainsail made and it should be fit to the boat on Aug 16th. The two new headsails I bought are to the plans specs. With now a to spec bowsprit and new main she should sail the way she was designed to!! For the life of me I do not understand when someone builds a new boat or airplane and they DON’T build it to the designed specs, then wonder way it doesn’t fly right!!

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Dudley Dix – Cape Henry 21: Columbia River

“Slough Coot” underway on the lower Columbia river!

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Dudley Dix – Cape Henry 21: Making Way

Saturday afternoon it was near 100 degrees so the wind was coming from the East (not normal) blowing about 5-6 knots! Here are a few shots of Slough Coot making way under sail.

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Dudley Dix – Cape Henry 21: Teak Bases for Cleats

This last week I believe I completed the last structural build on “Slough Coot”. This last piece was building the solid teak bases for three brass cleats – two for the mainsheet traveler and one near the center of the aft deck for the painter-line that will tow the dinghy.

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