Thursday, September 30, 2010

Transom and keel work.

Chipping along and getting work done. After a week of trial and error, I'm finally satisfied with the upper and lower transom bows. The curve is correct and no checking or cracks.

Starting the fitting and assembly of the new transom.

The new Mahogany keel is fitted to the bottom frames and to the forefoot/stem assembly.

Things are coming together!

Monday, September 27, 2010


What do you when you run out of PVC plumbing pipe for pre-soaking your White Oak? That's right, the tub.
Just a thanks to an understanding (?) wife for letting me used the amenities (and the check book) for my hobby.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Now we're cooking!

After burning out three heater elements in a day, I got the bugs out of my steam generator. I raised the water level to 2/3 of the riser pipe, and no problem. Also tried to steam my lower transom bow in a uninsulated plastic pipe, without much luck.

Got some 1 1/2" aluminum sided "Styrofoam" to build a proper box and getting 211-212 Fahrenheit (99-100 dgr. C) in the box. With blocks screwed to the workbench, I have no problem getting the right curve. Though I had to cook the piece 3 times, with overnight soaking in between, to get it the way I wanted. You live and learn......

The upper transom bow cooling off:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mark Clawson Magic.

Two years ago when I started asking questions on where to send my instruments for restoration, Mark Clawson was highly recommended for pre-war gauges. People also said; "It will take some time though", and they were right on that point. Yesterday I receieved back my blue-faced gauges 1 1/2 year after I sent them out. And they are awesome! His workmanship is exeptional good, we are fortunate that there are craftsmen like him left.



I also want to mention Dale Kocian for gauge work. He also have a great reputation among woody boaters and is a great guy. He is also about 30% less in price than Mark. I just sent him 3 Chris Craft gauges for a 1958 Riva Florida for a friend in Norway, that had a 5 day stint under water last summer.

Friday, September 10, 2010

I'm baack!

Finally, most of the "make-a-living" projects are done. And it's time for boat working full time again, at least for the next 3-4 months. We all know it, restoring boats usually take second or third place when time is allotted.

Been wood searching too. Straight grained, knot free "green" White Oak long enough for the chines is hard to come by. LL Johnson have them in Michigan, for $250-300 a piece plus shipping to MA. Fellow woodyboater Mark Bigda has been searching for good wood too, and told me that White Oak is the state tree in Connecticut. He called around and found, Charles Pike & Sons in Hampton CT. It's a old school family run mobile saw mill that also supply Mystic Seaport with some wood for their restoration of the Morgan.

They have good sources of logs, so no problem getting me the 20' long "sticks" needed for my chines. Price is right too, $265 for 3 pcs. 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" x 20' and one 8/4 x 10 x 8'.

Interesting ride with 20' long "sticks" on a 8' trailer bed.

Happy to be back in business!