Boats and Birds

Today I re-rigged our Cape Henry 21 “Slough Coot”. I added two new furled headsails, a large Genoa and a staysail. This will allow me to easily single handedly sail this vessel without leaving the safety of the cockpit. She’s back in storage and will be launched next month.

Here are a few picks of this season’s Osprey on our custom made platform that’s setting 50 feet off our back deck. The mate is out collecting branches to add to there nest.

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TSCA Skiff – To the Barn

Today one our member took the skiff out of my shop and put it back to the storage barn, where she will be safe till we launch her this spring.

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TSCA Skiff – Finishing Maintenance

This afternoon I put in a few hours and finished up the yearly maintenance of our local Traditional Small Craft Association’s work skiff. Today I painted the waterline bottom paint and applied a coat of varnish to her brightwork. She’s now ready for another fun season!!


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TSCA Skiff – Topside Paint

Today I faired the epoxy fairing compound. Sanding the hull smooth and fair. Then gave her a fresh coat of Pettit EZPoxy Jade Green topside paint.

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Traditional Small Craft Association Skiff

Today I started the yearly maintenance on our local Traditional Small Craft Association work skiff. Last year we completely repaired and rebuilt her. She is a wonderful boat for our local TSCA. For her to remain as of service, it’s imperative for the next three years to diligently maintain her.

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Salt Bay Skiff – Mast, Boom and Sprit Pole Complete

Today the mast, boom and sprit pole are complete and ready for the sail.

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Salt Bay Skiff – Douglas Fir Milled

Yesterday a couple guys from our local Traditional Small Craft Association came by and took the boat out of my shop. Jody wanted to see the finished product so today we drove up the road to take a look. She took this picture of yours truly and the skiff of course. This morning I took a large Douglas Fir timber and milled the mast, boom and sprit pole. I’ll finish this up next week.

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Salt Bay Skiff – Last Photos from Shop

These are the final photos from my shop of this Salt Bay Skiff. There may be more in the future but they will be outdoors.

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Salt Bay Skiff – Rudder and Tiller

Today I built and fit the rudder and tiller. This vessel is now complete. She will be out of my shop this Saturday, so I can loft the sail rig on my floor and mill the mast, boom and sprit.

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Salt Bay Skiff – Turned Upright

Today a couple of friends came over to help turn her upright. Then I varnished her transom. Next week I hope to be finished with her daggerboard, rudder, mast, boom and sprit.

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