Monday, 23 February 2015

Fall 2014 in the Community Boatshop

Once we knew for sure where our booth would be at The Toronto International Boat Show, the team got to work completing the boats and displays needs to highlight our new youth programme. This will include kids learning to sail in the Lightning and having rides in the TNT and the new Mini-Hopper sea fleas.

We also needed to take care of some maintenance work on our trusty fleet! To that end we brought our Richardson cedarstrip in for varnish freshening up.
Richardson in place..
a cradle for the Mini-Hopper
And the Mini-Hopper is mobile!
Soon scrapings and paint are mixing in the boatshop - oh rats, not what we wanted ....

The show skiff with colour started
Anton preps TNT for colour
and Richardson opened up.

 Painting moves along but hard to keep dust out of the finish! Still, doesn't look too bad.

interior of TNT all sanded out.
and painted Buff like the skiffs

not too soon to test racing seats!

skiff gets it's gunnels fitted.

 Encouraging! lots of Hopper Racing Team Green in the shop now! But the pressure is on!

backbreaking scraping!
Anton tapes TNT

and the Mini-Hopper
Bernie tests the steering ideas

With the TIBS looming closer (Boat Show) - the team is really putting in a great effort.

gold trim on TNT...
gold trim on Mini-Hopper too

The gold trim became a nightmare! With a sample in hand from Gas-Hopper a search began for metallic gold enamel. Can't get it here - had to buy a metallic gold latex which took 8 coats to make opaque! And then I had to varnish over it to make it jump!

done and done!
including George's oak coaming!

and the TNT - looking good too.
So the boats going into the booth at TIBS are ready, the Lightning is ready but stored.

Back again! Here's a little catch up, Nova Scotia in Sept

My wee wifey and I spent most of September in Nova Scotia, first time for Gretchen and first time on holiday for me. Loved it - a boaters heaven in many ways - especially Bras D'Or Lakes, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (Halifax), Lunenburg and environs and Annapolis Royal - in other words the whole province. Here a few pictures:
Museum of Atlantic, Halifax

A.G.Bell Museum, Baddeck
skiff at M of Atlantic
my boat ride in Halifax!

View from our B&B balcony, Fisherman's Cove, Hfx
Bluenose, Lunenberg
a dory in front of a house, nr Lunenberg.
caulking in Annapolis Royal
offered as a donation to K&C

 That's the quickie tour. In Baddeck at the AGB Museum I met with the director and discussed the restoration of Scrapper II which was built in AGB's boatshop there. We have ideas which I'll share in a later post.

In Halifax I met with the Assist. Dir. and discussed kids-at-risk boatbuilding as we do it - they are interested in further discussions - it would add to great programmes they already have going.

Lunenberg was amazing - boats and boatbuilding everywhere, lots of interest in our Scrapper restoration goals there too.

I couldn't help imagining a K&C summer raid on NS wherein a group of our volunteers and Gatsby members tow some of our boats down there to participate in some events - our boats would be unusual there.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Boats 4 Folks Event a win on Labour Day Weekend!

Last week was a very fine Boats 4 Folks Event in the boatshop - 4 kids from Milton came to the boatshop and built a skiff in 2 days. In spite of some comings and goings - Christian, Owen and John launched the boat they had built and learned how to row it!

Day one of the event involves lots of new tool skills but they were right on it and did a great job....
then the stem is attached

first the centre frame must be made

The project advances in stages. the team is divided into the centre frame making team and the sides book-matching team. Once boat are ready, the stem is attached to the sides and the sides are bent around the frame and fastened.

and the shape of the boat is visible now
sides are fastened fore and aft

The bottom has to be on by the end of day one or the boat can't float on day two - so getting the chines in and faired to receive the bottom becomes a scramble!

this is a "Scramble" - planing and checking

finally the bottom goes on bedded in SikaFlex - a semi-magic marine sealant adhesive, make sure you are wearing gloves! Now the bronze boat nails with everyone hammering!

then hundreds of boat nails!
after a trial fit the bottom is trimmed

Day two and the boat is turned right side up - where it looks like a boat! Now the more fiddley stuff, half frames, seat risers, gunnels, knees and seats.

setting the knees
checking a seat riser

attaching the gunnels (gunwhales)

finally the seats go in

 The moment arrives when there is nothing for it but the boat must go in the water! So we load into Georges trusty old truck and off to John's quarry (HillTop Quarry).

loaded and ready to go
boat builders, coach and skiff...

and she goes!

she floats!

 And another great boat building event is done! This was a really great team to teach - we had a ball and they built a great boat!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Sea Trials and other tribulations

I exaggerate of course, no such thing as tribulations when it comes to wooden boats....

This week was pretty fun as Barb would say, Gretchen and I took the Hunter up to Bobcaygeon on Monday and puttered around Pidgeon Lake which was new to me and quite lovely. The Hunter caught the attention of more than a few cottagers! We stayed at the "Bob Inn" which is now for sale due to health issues. Great location and interesting old buildings! Next morning we were off to Mississaugua Lake near Buckhorn for two days with friends. This is a tributary lake to the Trent Waterway and includes several other lakes which can all be boated on. We had some very nice runs.

Through the rest of the week a mad scramble to get the Greavette Sun Flash II in the water to see if we have a useable boat. Peter (our Doctor of Motors) was in and we got her running in a bucket - good trick with an I/O.

loaded up and ready to go!
in the water which is mostly outside the boat.

 Once in the water and satisfied that we were not facing any catastrophic leakage ie from the I/O diaphragm, we got down to getting her running. By cranking the throttle a few times she would fire and run at 4000 rpm for a few moments then quit. Eventually we tried keeping the throttle jumping while it ran and this would keep it running at 4000 rpm. Any attempt to lower the throttle would result in it quitting. Meanwhile the forward of the three carburetors was flooding and leaking over so we opened it up and fiddled with the needle and seat which improved the situation considerably.

Taking opportunity into our bare hands as it were - we decided to cast off and see if we could get into the lake by short bursts of starting until we could get it going at 4000 rpm. The thinking being that this might flow through whatever junk is fouling the carbs. We tricked the neutral start feature and made it out but she wouldn't make enough power to get on plane.

Using the handle end of a ratchet I knocked on the sides of the carbs and finally she jumped up and ran like a cat! While she remained prone to stalling nothing beyond a carb rebuild would prevent her being a great boat again. Must be our fastest boat that is not a race boat!

We poked our way up the Humber River a bit, ran around Humber Bay a bit and it was time for Jim to head home. You can see in this picture that he was very blue at having to leave Scott and I to carry out the rest of the programme...

MB and Scott head back out leaving Jim on the pier.

 So, as to the rest of the programme, that involved getting something to eat and the nearest docking with food is Chris' club, Mimico Cruising Club. We ran around there - took a picture of Chris' lonely Folkboat Puffin and tie up (as opposed to tied one on) for a delicious lunch.

One lonely Puffin - Chris being in Quebec for some reason
Hisself looking well, hisself

Scott looking pensive

That was the week that was and who could ask for more really. Actually you could. By volunteering or becoming a Gatsby member - you would be invited on the Raids and Sea Trials you read about here!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Cobey Raid last Friday!

OK so this was supposed to be part of the previous post but it got too late last night....anyway Dileas never made it into the water last weekend at Picton so was still untested. The new plan was to goof off Friday with a few of our folks and see if she was ready for service with the water pump done and some bottom repairs completed as well.

Thursday evening was Shore Leave Night and it was back to pizza & beer as the cedarstrip salmon got stuck in BC! Wayne, George, Ray, Glen & MB had a lovely time particularly savouring the pleasures of McEwans Scottish beer under Wayne's tutorial leadership - och aye!

George gestures hypnotically to the team....

MB had invited Gatsby member Ron to join the Dileas test outing and Glen decided to join us as well the next morning. The target for this little Raid was Bolsover on the Trent so we could enjoy the novelty of the Kirkfield Lift Lock on the way to Balsam Lake.

Ron and Glen on the channel marks

Just can't beat the sound!

Once into Balsam Lake we headed up the west shore to Glen's cottage where he needed to measure up for a new railing. He has a lovely spot but was liking the look of Dileas at the dock a bit too much....

does look good there!

measure measure measure

From there up to Coby (Coboconk) where we docked just before the bridge and wandered over the the nearest food supply for a lovey lunch looking out over the river. On our way back to the lake, the sky was beginning to look dark and the forecast wasn't good so wee headed back to our start point which took us back over the Kirkfield Lock again....

Quite a view
just a bit bizzare your first time in a lift lock!
the gate lowers to let us out.
down we go.

and so back to Sunset Cove Marina where we started. Bit tricky getting into the ramp but all went well and we missed the rain. So went the Raid on Cobey!

On Sunday Peter was in and we were able to do a test firing of the Greavette Sun Flash II and verify that it is pumping water and all systems still work. We degreased the engine and bilge so all looks good. Next the water test - stay tuned!

where there is a will, there is a way.