Presentation Shelf for Gaffers' Race Trophies

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Project by shipwright posted 09-29-2017 02:27 AM 2459 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is very unlike me but I neglected to get a finished photo of this one before I delivered it. ...... Oops!
Every spring I participate in the annual Frank Fredette Memorial Gaffers’ Race held until recently in Sidney BC.
Two years ago the race moved to my home Cowichan Bay and I became the organizer.

One of the advantages of this move was the involvement of the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre. The centre hosts us supplying dock space, gathering space, shore support, and lastly a place to display the race trophies that have never really had a home. .... and this is a forty year old race.

The upshot was that I was collared to build a shelf to display these treasures. I agreed but of course insisted that I be allowed a little marquetry. My design involves simple silhouettes of boats carrying six different gaff rigs arranged in the spaces of a sort of pinrail motif. The shelf itself is a piece of teak and holy cabin sole plywood that I had around.
The part that I didn’t get a good photo of is the shelf trim. It is done as if it were a table on board a boat with teak fiddle rails and cleanout corners.

The fourth and fifth photos show the shelf installed in the library of the centre in Cowichan Bay. The last one is my “Friendship” in an epic battle at the finish line of the stormy 2010 race.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 09-29-2017 02:57 AM

Quite beautiful Paul, as usual, your work is among the best here!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 09-29-2017 02:59 AM

Very well done project!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 09-29-2017 03:17 AM

Very NICE project… You did GOOD!

I’m sure they really LIKED it!

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#4 posted 09-29-2017 03:23 AM

Really nice Paul!

Always great to have a place to display the winners of long standing trophies. It spikes interest by the younger crowd and a place for the older ones to tell their stories of triumph or defeat.

Is that “Friendship” ahead and to leeward?

-- Life is good! Make the most of it.

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#5 posted 09-29-2017 03:31 AM


jbee, yes it is.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 09-29-2017 03:34 AM

Great job Paul. The boat silhouettes show it all. So did you prevail in 2010?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 09-29-2017 03:41 AM

Beautiful work as usual Paul.
(Am I correct that you won the race? Great photo of Friendship.)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 09-29-2017 03:53 AM

Sorry to let you down. We came third but still broke the old record. There was a LOT of wind that year.
...... and we were the smallest boat in the race.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#9 posted 09-29-2017 04:24 AM

Great story Paul, and a nice place to put the trophies!

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#10 posted 09-29-2017 05:55 AM

Boat is only small compared to you Paul. Excellent work as always!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 09-29-2017 07:27 AM

Always enjoying your contribution.


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#12 posted 09-29-2017 10:49 AM

Doesn’t get any better than that. You gave a great story and the pictures I’m sure, although impressive, don’t come close to the beauty of seeing it in person. You are one seriously talented sailor Paul. You never cease to bring the best in craftsmanship in everything we’ve seen.

Thank you

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#13 posted 09-29-2017 12:27 PM

beautiful job on that shelf, Paul. They could not have gotten a better person to make it so cool and fitting!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 09-29-2017 12:57 PM

Paul, this is a beautiful piece and I love the design and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 09-29-2017 01:14 PM

Beautiful shelf.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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