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Boatman53

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362 days ago

So I spent the last part of the day working on a 110’ mega yacht this afternoon. This is what I had to look at from the bridge deck. Yes that is a Mini on the upper deck three slips away.


Come Tuesday or Wednesday about half of these boats head for other parts.
What were you working on this Friday before Labor Day?

Hope all of you have a nice weekend and be safe.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise


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redSLED

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#1 posted 362 days ago

Must be nice for you to have your own woodworking shop on a yacht. If only I could plan my life that well.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 362 days ago

No where NEAR the water :-(

I was driving a forklift at the plant… same as ever other day the past 6 weeks :-)

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Boatman53

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#3 posted 362 days ago

That’s not my shop, just doing a small job. My shop is a cinder block building, not quite as attractive. I used to spend most of my summer working on the boats at the dock but lately I’ve had a lot of shop work. So this was a treat for me today.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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lysdexic

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#4 posted 362 days ago

It took me second to find the mini.

Me? I am on call until Tuesday. Sucks.

Yachts. I am baffled how people generate enough disposable income to buy and maintain one. I have worked hard and made pretty good choices in life. I make a pretty good living but I am still a working stiff. Your clients are in a completely different social class that is an enigma to me.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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TerryDowning

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#5 posted 362 days ago

Spent the afternoon staring at my monitors, grinding code. No where near wood or the shop.

-- - Terry

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theoldfart

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#6 posted 362 days ago

Bike ride with my wife, ‘bout 35 miles with some elevation gain good day. Scotty i’m with you, you see them all the time up in Bar Harbor: copters landing on the roof stewards dressed in white the dinghy is as big as my house!
Now back to making the bench top…...

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Boatman53

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#7 posted 362 days ago

I’m with you Scott. These people have been my clients for a long time, some is old money but not all. One guy started a vitamin company and now owns one of these big boys. A lot of the money comes from the stock market, but they are at a level that the ups and downs mean very little to them and in most cases make money whatever way it goes.
It’s not uncommon for them to spend 30k just to fill up the fuel tanks at $5 a gallon and they put it on a credit card!
We used to have a yacht called Big Eagle come to Sag Harbor it had a helicopter on the aft deck.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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quartrsawn

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#8 posted 361 days ago

Hi Jim, looks like Montauk Yacht Club. Used to see a lot of those big-uns when I worked up east. I even had deliveries for them. Hard to fathom the money. I remember seeing the Big Eagle , I think the hull was black.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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Tbolt

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#9 posted 361 days ago

I’ll be on the water in my yacht, as I am most days during the spring, summer and fall. But, mine is about 95’ shorter than those in your picture. It doesn’t have any fancy doodads like those, it is special though. It is a 16’ Adirondack Guide Boat that my dad and I finished just before he passed away 12 years ago at the age of 88. He was quite the man, a veteran of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and over 30 years service to his country in the U.S. Army. So it is very special to me, looks great and propels through the water nearly as well as a rowing shell, its great to fish out of also…standing or sitting. Lots of memories in that little boat and one day I’ll make one with my two boys. Have a great holiday weekend all.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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Boatman53

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#10 posted 361 days ago

Hi Nat, not Montauk it’s Sag Harbor. I worked out in Montauk only once. Just wasn’t worth the drive when I had all these local boats.
Tbolt the Adirondack guideboat is my favorite boat. I’ve built a 12’ and a 13’. The 13’ footer is actually in my avitar. I’ve got some plans on my website of boats I’ve measured. If I ever get cought up a 14’ one based on the 12’ er is what I’ll build. Fast, seaworthy, lightweight, beautyful what more could you ask for. I’d love to see some pics of yours.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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Tbolt

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#11 posted 361 days ago

Jim I’ll take some pictures of her tomorrow. She was built much like yours, except for the sliding seat and it can be rowed from the center seat or the rear seat. It is based on a boat we where able to measure and take pictures of at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. We had the Oar locks cast in brass by a old timer in Essex Junction, Vt and the seat was caned by my wife. Main construction was Cedar strip and the remainder of Black Cherry and Maple. We also made our oars from Maple and Cherry. She is sweet and I would not part with her for anything.

Loved the pictures of you building yours from your website, brought back a lot of great memories.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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Boatman53

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#12 posted 361 days ago

Thanks Tod I can’t wait to see them. Have a great weekend.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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lysdexic

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#13 posted 361 days ago

I have been thinking about this yacht thing this evening and have had an epiphany. I don’t know why this has not been so clear before.

Thinking out loud here.

I figure there four basic roles in business. Labor, skilled labor, management, and owner. I hazard a guess that the majority of the boats in that picture belong to business owners. The other three probably never see that level of wealth.

I am stuck in the skilled labor role. Management in medicine is a god awful job and in todays medico legal / political environment ownership is no longer viable. Private practices that offer an ownership stake in their small business are disappearing at an alarming rate. I doubt they will ever return. You just cant make it out there alone anymore.

Just a realization – Yep, a working stiff. No yachts for me.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Boatman53

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#14 posted 361 days ago

Actually Scott I would wager at least half the mega yachts in the harbor are corporate owned. I’m not sure where I fit in as I am the unskilled, skilled, management and owner. I guess I just have too many hats.
On another note, the guy I’m building the car with impersonates John Lennon in a Beatles tribute band. His band was hired to play at Fenway Park a couple of weeks ago. The CEO of GW Mason hired out the whole park for a private birthday and my friends band was the entertainment. That must take some dough also and you don’t even own it.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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shipwright

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#15 posted 361 days ago

They can have their big plastic slabs Jim. We have peace and a close bond with the sea that they can’t get from sitting on a deck thirty feet above the water drinking gin.
Good on you though for accepting their money. :-)

I don’t think I’d trade mine for any of them.

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

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