this is a massive project… to say the least. and i’d like to point out that i hanvt had as much to do with her as i’d like. my brother was given this boat for free (lucky sonofa…) under the condition that he fix it up and take the previous owner out for a sail when she is seaworthy again. i cannot begin to describe how much work has gone into her… all of the paint (outboard and inboard), as well as lacquer has to be scraped off before anything else can happen. not even that is finished yet. if I have to make a guess, I’d say about 1000 man hours have been put into her thus far. but she’s a beauty, and certainly worth it, a heavy displacement boat from 1932. Her name is Argo.
above is a picture of the beauty after all of the bottom paint and laquer has been scraped off.
there’s not a whole lot of room to find a comfortable position to scrape off the paint at the extremities of the boat… but the scraping must be done!!! and mark my words, i wont be back to help until that is finished!!!
my brother has asked me to do a few cosmetic jobs on the boat… and if this one turns out alright, i’ll get the commission, and if not… well… i’ll have fun anyway :) honestly, i think at this point it’s a little early for him to ask me… because there’s still probably 200 man hours left before reconstruction on the boat can begin. the picture above shows the piece i will be “replacing”. it came off of the forward part of the boat, just in front of the mast. the idea is to replace the piece with a new one that incorporates the ships name.
my brother and i have very different tastes, and in my opinion the name of a ship should not be put on the forward, upper deck of a ship… but so be it, it’s his boat and i’ll do my best to make it subtle ;) but I’m excited about this project! there’s a lot of things on my list of projects right now, and i’d like to get this done fast, but i’m quite sure i wont. in any case, this will give me a chance to combine my love of metal work with my love of woodworking :) because the boats name will of course have to be inlayed into the new piece and it will of course have to be sawed, filed and shaped out of bronze :D
this is a close up shot of a more clean part of the wood. the consensus between my brother and his friend is that the wood is teak, but i’m not so sure. any ideas?
-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.