The trip to Desolation Sound actually took only eighteen days, due largely to good weather and some scheduling requirements but was an amazing success. Most nights were spent at peaceful anchorages and most days were spent sailing although the motors were used when necessary and marinas were welcomed occasionally for showers and laundry. (and oh yes, ice cream)Here is the route for the trip. If anyone knows how to post this as an active Google Earth file, it has all my photos geo-tagged on it...
I’ve been almost invisible here for a couple of weeks but I have an excuse. There hasn’t been much woodworking going on in the shop. (Click photo for video) I’ve posted more thrilling rides in the past but there are moments like this one that are just as amazing. I am so lucky to have this at my doorstep. Thanks for looking Paul
I couldn’t find any brushes and I don’t like shopping on Sunday so I thought instead of painting I’d just work on the mast mount. Now I’d initially had this really complicated mount in my head (a dark and scary place at the best of times:-) but after a bit of advice, from shipwright, on how strong the step would need to be I simplified my plan. So I squared up a piece of Douglas Fir I think I got from my Dad before evening leaving the College, so its a well t...
It has been a hectic week here. Last weekend I drove over 1500 km round trip to attend my cousin’s 40th wedding anniversary, then my mother came for a visit for a couple of days, Wednesday was family day Thursday was cold raining but I managed to do a bit on hull 816, Friday was mostly taken up with paperwork…a 24 page report on my holidays! Saturday I got back into the shop finished epoxying the tops of the bouyancy tanks and the bottom, the bow and stern. This is where I lef...
I’ve been playing a fair amount of hooky from the shop recently and these videos will stand as my excuse. Friendship and several of her adornments are LJ projects so I guess although sailing isn’t a woodworking topic I can sneak them in as ”how the project works” videos. These were taken yesterday on beautiful Cowichan Bay BC upon whose shores I have the great good fortune to live. There was a 10 to 15 Kn breeze along with a few whitecaps and beautiful sunny skies. ...
To those of you who have requested more photos and explanations of my boatbuilding days, thank you for sending me into my stacks of old photos and allowing me the enjoyment of remembering a youth spent doing what I loved and creating just really cool stuff. My days building wooden boats, from age 22 to 55, are all magical memories to me from the aromatic smell of yellow cedar coming out of the planer to the amazing geometrical shapes of bent frames to the sheer mass of some of the timbers we ...
Well…not much boat building to update—-have wanted to wait on a boat building update until I finish the keel and I cannot say I am there yet…I can say that I have cut out all keel parts (9 different parts some 3 of which are 14 feet long…)...they are resting flat in my garage… I have 18 days—-that is two 5 day weeks…and 2 four weeks to go with school and then I will be building full-time… HOwever here is the big update…today was a b...
I have a buddy who won a sailboat charter in the British Virgin Islands. I started off promising him to teach him how to sail well enough to go on his own. Long story short, we ended up chartering a sailboat too. The other night (over a few adult beverages), he said he wanted to build a camera kite. For those of you that don’t know what the heck he’s talking about, it’s a contraption that allows you to literally fly your expensive, digital camera, usually over the Pacifi...
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