The Mast Step

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The Mast Step

I was starting to get worried~~The mast step, which the main mast will sit on, had been laying about since I’ve been on site. I had carved the hole in the forward mast step more than a month earlier and kept looking at the main mast step knowing the hole would need to be carved in it at some point too. But, with all that was going on, I left it be. However, after it had been installed and as the planking began to rise, I saw a problem.

We were running out of room!

So, I asked John L if it would be a good idea to cut the hole now before it was too late and he agreed. It wasn’t easy trying to find room for my big body among the ribs to do it but after nearly three hours I’d dug a fairly uniform hole in the live oak seat. Hopefully naval authorities will approve it~

Hole nearly done and the tools of the trade~

Hole nearly done and the tools of the trade~

My trademark orange shorts and leg~

My trademark orange shorts and leg~

Hole dug~~Now what to do? Ah! Look for a mast! (or make one!)

Hole dug~~Now what to do? Ah! Look for a mast! (or make one!)

 


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Work Continues with New Faces

Always looking for volunteers we just had Clay stop in to help and John, an old returning friend, is back after hiatus!

Hey Clay waddya say?

Hey Clay waddya say?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John shaping a "butt block"

John shaping a “butt block”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How'dya like my butt block?

How’dya like my butt block?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alyn carving a rib-well in a plank

Alyn carving a rib-well in a plank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Planking continues~

I haven’t featured many pictures of Alyn doing his thing but that’s been because I’ve been mostly working with him and haven’t been able to pick up the camera and take his pic. But, I must say  that he’s one of the rocks of this project. I took time out from protecting him from falling objects and work-site dangers to snap a few pictures of him in action. Full disclosure; he was not injured while I let my guard down~

Alyn screwing in a plank.

Alyn screwing in a plank. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand me a darn screw and stop taking pictures~

Hand me a darn screw and stop taking pictures~

It never hurts to have at least one "southpaw" in the rotation~

It never hurts to have at least one “southpaw” in the rotation~


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Returning to Action

Although we’ve been distracted by the 2nd Annual Maritime Heritage Festival work has continued behind the scenes. We’re moving up the sides of the ground futtocks towards the upper futtocks (aka ribs) and the boat looks more buoyant everyday!

John trimming a plank

John trimming a plank

Maury and Alyn getting ready to set the mast seat in place

Maury and Alyn getting ready to set the mast seat in place

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Maury and Alyn getting ready to set the mast seat

Maury checking the fit of the starboard port plank

Maury checking the fit of the starboard port plank

 

 


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The Race!

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Yea Beaver! The winner!

Yea Beaver! The winner!

 


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MHF Day 2 Part 2

And now the big test~~the race!

Yacht Club

Yacht Club

Bartrum HS

Bartrum HS

Solar Stik

Solar Stik

St Johns River State College

St Johns River State College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Maritime Heritage Festival Day 2

The boats are nearly done and the pressure has just begun~

St Johns River State College is coming together

St Johns River State College is coming together

The Yacht Club is ready to go

The Yacht Club is ready to go

Beaver is ready

Beaver has that new canoe smell

Solar Stik has the power

Solar Stik has the power

The Great Pumpkin is here

The Great Pumpkin is here

Cruisers has a message for the others

Cruisers has a message for the others

Jerry Mathers made an appearance! Howdy Beaver!

Jerry Mathers made an appearance! Howdy Beaver!


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2nd Annual Maritime Fun Fest

Pig slow roasted on a spit and served Saturday night

Pig slow roasted on a spit and served Saturday night

The Meehan's Irish Pub team begin to build their tub

The Meehan’s Irish Pub team begin to build their tub

The Saint Aug Yacht Club had a lot going on under their very big tent

The Saint Aug Yacht Club had a lot going on under their very big tent

The dog agility challenge components are ready to go!

The dog agility challenge components are ready to go!

 


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Maritime Fun Fest

Last weekend the Maritime Heritage Foundation celebrated its 2nd annual “Funfest”. The weather was perfect and the fun was felt by all those who attended.

And so the building begins~~

St Johns River State Colege

St Johns River State College

Cruisers starts their build

Cruisers starts their build

Solar Stik seems to know what they're doing

Solar Stik seems to know what they’re doing

Kai and Peter from Bartram H. S. have a plan~

Kai and Peter from Bartram H. S. have a plan~

Beaver Toyota hope to build on last years success~

Beaver Toyota hopes to build on last years success~


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Church Of Chalupa

When I grew up in The Bronx my parish was Saint Brendan’s and in the 60’s the church was rebuilt to resemble a boat; for Saint Brendan is the patron Saint of Mariners. When I looked at this picture it reminded me of my old church in New York~~

Church of Chalupa

Church of Chalupa


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