For the last several years one of the high points of our summer has been to attend the Annual Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous on Orcas Island. It's a laid back affair in a cozy location and attracts a nice mix of old wooden vessels large and small, sail, power, converted fishing boats and ex-work boats. The sponsors, the Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands, put on a great event with dinghy races, sailboat races, and a barbecue at Deer Harbor Boatworks that includes fresh grilled salmon, locally grown vegetables, locally brewed beers and wine and live music. Though it rained a little this year, mostly it was at night. We had nice afternoons and a couple of spectacular sunsets. Our most direct route to Deer Harbor from our slip in Everett takes us through Deception Pass separating Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands. Catching a slack tide under the bridge usually means hanging out for a quiet afternoon and overnight in Cornet Bay. Our return trip had us nervous about the fog, but the curtain lifted just in time and we slipped through right at slack water.
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First Come, First Choice.
While hanging out on the boat in Deer Harbor, Orcas Island I had some free time, so I picked up free rocks and free pieces of glass on the beach and tied up a few pendants with some free waxed whipping twine. Now I want you to have one, for FREE. — Merridy
Here are the rules: Just send me your mailing address with your first, second and third choice and I will mail you a bauble. One per person until they're gone, so act fast.
Kinda sorta. Last weekend (August 9-12) we cruised to La Conner for the annual La Conner Classic Boat & Car Show. For those who are not from around here, La Conner, in North Puget Sound, is situated on the Swinomish Channel, an 11 mile waterway connecting Skagit Bay to the south with Padilla Bay to the north. Every tide change creates a torrent of current as all that water tries to find its way either in or out of Skagit Bay and Padilla Bay. Trying to determine when slack tide is so you can tie your boat up at the guest pier without it seeming like you're roping a Sperm Whale, is some kind of voodoo. I followed the published calculus to establish our departure time from Everett. I projected our arrival time based on forecasted wind and wave conditions along with our estimated average cruising speed of 6 knots over the 33 mile route and determined that if we left Everett at 10:00 am we should arrive at 3:30 pm. Hopefully it would be slack. And I nailed it!!! It was dead flat and calm as I pirouetted into the designated spot like I knew what I was doing. The welcoming committee was impressed. We met some really, really nice people over the course of the weekend and had a wonderful time. We're already looking forward to next year's event.
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Friday, July 12, 2013, two months and a day after hauling Wander to do what was to be a quick bottom paint, new zincs and a touchup of the topsides paint, she finally went back in the water. With almost 1400 screws and over two pounds of Slick Seam squished into the gaping seams, along with a couple of coats of Interlux White semi-gloss Premium Yacht Enamel prepped and sprayed on, I was definitely ready. I was hoping the seam compound would slow down the intrusion of water enough to let the bilge pump do its job while the planks took up again. But, soon after we were back in the water we were up to five pumps! A manual Whale pump, the automatic bilge pump, a small 12V portable pump and two jury-rigged portable bilge pumps with alligator clips to hook to a battery. One of these was a Rule 5000 with a two-inch hose that could suck the chrome off a trailer hitch. There were rivulets of water coming from a couple of spots into both the foreword bilge and aft near the transom. Kind of scary after all that work to make it water tight, but it's all part of the natural process. Once we felt we were at least keeping up, Joe and Gus and I took her back to our slip. Throughout the afternoon we could definitely see progress, but knew that we would have to spend the night monitoring the pumps. Things continued to improve through Saturday and 48 hours later, on Sunday, things were slowing down enough to let us leave and go home. We also knew that with the bottom completely refastened below the waterline and the seams full of compound, things could only get better — and they have. Good for another twenty-five years?
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Yesterday we had a fine trip to the Tacoma Art Museum to see the Eric Carle exhibit. Carle is one of Merridy's heroes and she wasn't disappointed. It was a wonderful show! Wish I could show images from inside the exhibit, but cameras weren't allowed. Eric Carle has illustrated award-winning, classic children's books such as The Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Busy Spider, The Very Quiet Cricket and more. The videos accompanying the show with Carle doing live demonstrations and discussing his life and career were alone worth the price of admission. Other exhibits at the museum included works by a variety of well-known and familiar Northwest artists: William Cumming, Phillip Levine, Paul Horiuchi, Michael Spafford, et al.
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We're making progress. The bottom has been refastened, the screw holes plugged and sanded smooth, a coat of bottom paint applied and Slick Seam squished into the open seams awaiting a second coat of bottom paint. The goal is to have the Slick Seam slow down the intrusion of water when the boat is refloated until the the planks can swell, or "take up" again. That could take a few days. Slick Seam is a wonderful invention. It is a wax-based compound that will stay soft and pliable, unlike traditional seam compound that can dry hard and put undue pressure on planks when they reswell. The real proof of its effectiveness will show when the boat is hauled again and the Slick Seam has squeezed out of the seams! The topsides have been pre-coated and are ready for additional fairing and finish coats of semi-gloss white paint. Stay tuned.
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After moving Wander into the shed at Harbor Marine so we could have a dry environment in which to paint, we soon discovered that we would need to do far more than slap on some paint and put her back in the water. 1400 #12 x 2" flat head galvanized screws later she now has been completely refastened below the waterline. When Peter drilled into the existing screw holes he found precious few screws there. Holy cow batman, I don't know what was holding that boat together! But, we cannot look behind, we must look beyond and forget the what ifs. She is already telling me how happy she is.
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This is my refrigerator art trying to illustrate to Merridy the lunch I had Friday at the Fishermen's Grill In Everett. What a concept. They wrap romaine lettuce leaves around a sirloin burger topped with feta cheese and hold it all together with thin rings of red onions. Served with a salad on the side. Yum. Very delicious, and no bun, no fries! May have to try this one at home.
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I counted at least eight layers of paint on that transom dating back more than fifty years to when the hull was a dark blue! The transom and the rudder (on the table) are solid teak. I mean, come on, why would the president of Todd Dry Docks in 1933 (C. W. Wiley) want to skimp on materials for his little boat? The hull is in great shape, we just need to make her look purty agin.
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Cartoon from The Daily Iowan newspaper.
Iowa City, Iowa, Sunday, May 8, 1938.
Rib-splitting funny, huh?
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Well, today we finally gave up on this unpredictable weather (notice the blue sky and water puddles on the tarmac) and moved Wander out of the work yard and into the barn so we can paint. It will be a great place to work. Harbor Marine has this really cool new trailer with hydraulic cradle arms to let them move boats into their great new warehouse workspace.
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Hauled Wander out of the water yesterday in Everett to paint the hull and do the bottom. Now, of course it looks off and on rainy for the next week. Never fails. Oh well, let the work begin!
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blue haired ladies
just another hue
paint the town
it's not brown
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Here are two wonderful sets of pastels, passed on to me from my dear friend Anita, that were left in her mother's estate. The paper label on the inside of the Grumbacher set says "Set No. 6-60 Portrait Assortment" and "New Label Adopted 5/41." The smaller Mengs Pastell-Farben set says "Made in Germany" by Müller & Hennig, Dresden. The portrait colors are interesting because they're meant to represent subtle flesh tones as opposed to bright primary colors or rich earth tones for landscapes. When I had the idea to use them to add color to my crow drawings, I quickly realized I would have to improvise. What? NO PAYNES GRAY!!!
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This is where stuff happens.
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I finally figured out how to put a masthead on my new blog. Yahoo!
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Making progress... so stay tuned.
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