Sunday, 1 November 2015

fall cleanup, skiff cleanup and Johnson moments

there comes a time in the affairs of a tupperware boat...can't give it away but a really good little trailer tied up underneath it. So it's Sawzall Time and off to Humpty Dumpty - soon.

George and Anthony remove salvageable hardware for future use while Jim continues on his quest for knowledge and expertise with old Johnsons. This week he even brought his chum Feroz with him. Pretty cool really, Jim is learning and teaching.

This engine was seized below
problem solved and moving on

Our most reliable Johnson 18 needed new fuel lines which requires considerable disassembly to accomplish. Under Peter's coaching Rory does this all himself - first time effort - congratulations Rory!

persistence paid off here!

meanwhile Anton arrived and we had the skiff almost ready for stain on the inside - he wished to do a little filling and fairing so the paint job would look better later. This came from hard lessons learned on earlier boats! This is pre-Epifanes preparation

Bernie is so fast he's blurred

"just give me a few more minutes"

Rory gets a lesson in fairing out for a finish

 That's some of what happened in the shop this week. Also a some boats got into storage and winterized with a few more to go. What's almost more important is what's happening not in the shop.

Upcoming in January from 9th to 17th is the Toronto Boat Show (TIBS) and again we are favoured with a booth in the foyer of the Energy Centre right next to the ACBS booth. This year we will be adding some activities created for the Lives Matter event to engage young people visiting the boat show in some hands-on woodworking, outboard repair and similar skills.

Nov 4, this coming Wednesday is our first real AGM which will be held at the historic McGibbon Hotel at the old four corners of Georgetown. All volunteers and potential stakeholders are invited to attend. Time is 7pm but if you come earlier you can join some of us for something to eat and drink and become part of this growing conversation.

Oh and we would like to welcome Bernie Cobb to the board as treasurer (finally) and linear thinker. Also on the board are Roni Lester, Rajmund Maternowski, Wayne Koning and President & Founder Malcolm Black (meself).

RSVP to Malcolm or Roni

Monday, 12 October 2015

Life Matters, Mess About in Boats..

Last Friday we attended the first event sponsored by the Halton Regional Police entitled Life Matters. This is in response to a number of youth suicides in Halton over the past year or two. The intent of the event is to let kids know about organizations where they can get involved in an alternative activity. As a result of our long involvement with the Ministry of Justice, Kids & Classics was invited to create an active display of what might be expected if they wish to volunteer in the boatshop.

Scott does a trailer bearing
Anthony sorts engines to go

Bernie cuts out paddle blanks
 The team decided that only a demonstration of all major aspects of shop activity would convey all the possibilities available for alternative learning - which meant we had to create a lot of exercises for our outing to be useful. The volunteers created the following hands-on activity centres: woodworking tools making a miniature paddle, steam bending a loop of ash, repairing and starting an outboard motor and rigging a sailboat.

raceboats, canoes and rowboats
weather prevented rigging the Lightning

our 17' Shepherd got looks
steambox and George's canoe

 Drizzely weather prevented rigging the Lightning but everything else went off as planned.

planing a paddle to shape
George makes a magic gesture

Bernie and spokeshave

Bernie coaches shaving paddles

only one spokeshave - so many paddles
replacing a waterpump with Glen  

Who'd ever thought that a spoke-shave would be a hit of the show! We only had one and it was in high demand once tested. Half a dozen young people signed up to visit the boatshop and continue their projects...a very successful outing for your team!

Roni organized this new outing and registered the new volunteers - congratulations!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

One More Sail with Kids!

Following Boat 4 Folks we were able to have all the kids who were involved with the boatbuilding out on our Lightning "Bolt". For all it was a new experience and they all loved it. They didn't mind the other old boats we had along either!

The purpose of the sailing and other boating is to get the kids interested in coming back to the shop to learn more and experience new water sports.

Bolt ready to go

are we happy? YOU BET

future captain
she moves with ease and grace

Far out Man
Way Cool
our fleet at MSC

 OK so I may have mis-quoted our visitors but they had a blast as you can see!

A few days later some of us who have been involved with Bolt's restoration over the past 4 years had a final sail before out time was up at MSC. A very lovely outing.

George having an eye
the real sailors are in charge now - where the hell's the wind!

Boats 4 Folks 2015

This year is the first time we have the opportunity to experiment with adding new dimensions to our traditional "4 kids build boat in 2 days" programme (Boats 4 Folks). Up to now the event lasts two days and we occasionally see the kids bck in the shop.

We realized some time ago that we needed to do something to get them a bit more hooked on our programme hence the restoration of the Lightning and the outboard raceboats.

As usual we got four great kids and the weekend went really well.

transom goes in
side being fastened to transom

measuring first

using the back saw

matching the sides
Anton coaching
Defna teaching
taking shape

preparing for the bottom

all hands on bottom

new boat - new boaters!

and into the water

let's see, how does this go again?
let me give you a pointer...
wanna race? yup! and they did

Bolt's First Sail

Well four years of wonderful work has resulted in one of the best looking Lightnings to be seen on the water. Finally through our members Scott and Rob we were able to settle on the Mississauga Sailing Club as a venue for Bolt's first sail. Off we went with a couple of safety boats in tow as well - first time a TNT was ever called a safety boat I'll bet!

Beautiful day but not much wind - enough however to satisfy ourselves about the basics.

every inch a sailor! Ready aye ready
into the drink for the first time

a lovely sight indeed
where is that wind?
Oh well, lets use some Shepherd wind

Devrim in charge

So the first sail was a bit underwhelming but with any whiff at all she just moves easily. It was a great day with many smiles. MSC really liked what are are up to and invited us to leave Bolt there rigged so we could run our B4F sailing programme courtesy of the club.