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Project by Terry Ferguson posted 02-26-2011 02:21 AM 2944 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Of all the things I’ve done with wood, woodworking on sailboats is the most interesting and challenging.
This was built for a replica Howard Chappelle Maine Pinky Schooner – thirty plus feet long and all traditional construction and techniques. I helped the builder, off and on, for many years, but this item was the bright spot for me. It allows light to come into the main area below deck and fits on top of a removable hatch. The important considerations, for all things on a sailboat, are safety, function, water, and maintenance, which dictates what , how, and of what materials an item is made. Teak for longevity in a marine environment, the octagonal bronze rods and the wire glass for safety, solid brass fittings for rust resistance, the joinery methods to direct water away and allow for repair in the event of damage or deterioration, and teak again beacuse it can be finished bright or allowed to weather gray. Like the hatch, the skylight opens for ventilation and closes over the sides to channel water down and out through scupper holes.

Boy, that was long-winded

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon





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steliart

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 02:46 AM

Fantastic creftsmanship

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 03:39 AM

Beautiful work. Absolutely lovely.

always.
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#3 posted 02-26-2011 03:46 AM

Chappelle himself would compliment you on this one. Very nice.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 06:44 AM

Looks a lot like the one on my Baba 40, when it’s closed. Mine is hinged in the center so it becomes a “butterfly hatch”. I think that your design is less prone to leaks without the center joint. Nice work.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 09:00 AM

Hey Terry,
Good attention to design, detail and finish…well done.

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