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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Harry Bryan’s Wheelbarrow Boat 2017 – Oar Details

This rainy morning I cut and installed the leather oar protectors and stops.

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Harry Bryan’s Wheelbarrow Boat 2017 – Coot Chick

Today I received and then mounted the placard for “Slough Coot’s” tender. Meet “Coot Chick”.

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Harry Bryan’s Wheelbarrow Boat 2017 – Oars!

Today I built this little redwood pram a set of Douglas fir oars! She’s ready for a swim.

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Harry Bryan’s Wheelbarrow Boat 2017 – Redwood Pram

Today I finished the redwood pram custom built for “Slough Coot” the Dudley Dix Cape Henry 21.

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Dudley Dix – Cape Henry 21: Launch

Yesterday evening we launched “Slough Coot”. Today we sailed her up the Lower Columbia river. What a perfect day!

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