Phil Bolger Dory – My Part Complete

Today I finished my part of replacing the gunwale guards and adding the inwales to this sweet little 16’ rowing Dory! The owner will take her home, sand her smooth and give her a compete paint job in and out.

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Phil Bolger Dory

Yesterday I started on a friends little 16’ Dory. It had only gunwale guards, and both were scarfed and both scarfs had popped. So I removed them, cut 4) 18’ full 1”x1-1/2” fir boards to not only replace the gunwales but also to add inwales for added sheer strength. Today I fit the full length gunwale guards and inwales. Tomorrow I’ll clean up the glue, fill the counter sinks with epoxy bungs then send her on her way! The owner plans on finishing her with fresh brightwork and a fresh coat of paint in and out.

This little Phil Bolger design Dory has sweet lines.

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Osprey Platform – Planted

A good friend of mine pulled some strings and secured a power pole. Today another good friend and his brother backed in their auger/pole truck, dug the hole and planted the pole. I’m hopeful that when the Osprey pair return to this platform they will accept it and start adding branches to it.

This is a young pair about 4 years old. If all goes well for them, they will be producing chicks at this very platform for the next 30+ years. They mate for life.

I’ll keep you all posted when they arrive. Which should be in approximately 3 weeks or April 1st.

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New Osprey Platform

A few weeks ago we had a serious blower on Puget Island. It was so bad that it blew the top 10’ of the tree and the Osprey platform down. The tree was badly rotted so I had it removed. This is a problem because in less than three weeks my Osprey pair will be returning to their platform to begin a new family!

So for the last month I’ve been scrambling to get a proper pole, build a new platform and have it up and ready before their return. You can see I’ve started their nest with some soft spruce bows and a few sticks. This is called salting the platform so the Osprey pair will take to it.

Tomorrow I hope to have it placed in the ground just a few feet from
the old platform. Once it is up I’ll post more photos.

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Cedar Bar

The last week I was asked by a local logger to takes two 8’ red cedar slabs and two pine poles and build him a 42” high liquor bar. It was finished with 4 coats of clear epoxy resin and 3 coats of Spar varnish.

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Gin Pole

I was asked by a fellow sailor to help him build a gin pole, used for raising and lowering a mast with a tabernacled base. This sailor happens to live on the east coast so I emailed him step by step detailed photos.

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Salt Bay Skiff – Julius’s Boat Museum

Today we moved the 12’ Salt Bay Skiff out of my shop and into Julius’s Boat Museum!:0) Here she’ll be safe and sound till spring. 

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Salt Bay Skiff – Finishing Touches

This morning I put the finishing touches on the 21’ Salt Bay Skiff. Tomorrow we move her out of the shop. My hope is, for the Local Traditional Small Craft Association – The Lower Columbia River Raptors, to sell lots of raffle tickets this upcoming season.

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Salt Bay Skiff – 98% There

Today the Salt Bay Skiff is 98% complete. A few more coats to her brightwork and some touch up to her off-white.

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Salt Bay Skiff – Fit the Seats

Today we permanently fit the seats and inwales and trimmed out the green. Tomorrow we’ll sand and varnish the brightwork.

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