Posted by: Alan Richards | January 10, 2011

A Few More Pics

Here are a few more photos from the launch.

Since this completes the story of boatbuilding and future adventures of sailing will be another chapter, I am thinking of stopping this blog, although I will miss the friendly and encouraging comments.  We are enjoying having weekends back.  Apparently, there is a bathroom remodeling project coming up next although we will see whether it will be interesting enough to write a blog about.

Credit and thanks for the photos goes to Lorena’s brother.

Posted by: Alan Richards | January 2, 2011

Launching Day – Day 620 – whoo hoo!

We worked up to the last hour.  The weather could not have been better.  A good turn out of friends.  The launch ceremony went well with accompanying music on the trumpet.  Although I was distracted by a minor leak, a centerboard that would not go fully down and some needed adjustments to the rigging, all not very seamanlike,  it was fun to get the feel of Annie, how she sails, and rows and where best to sit to get the weight distribution right.

I later identified the source of the leak, it was a cover I forgot to put on where the centerboard pivot goes through the centerboard case.

It was a great day.




Posted by: Alan Richards | December 16, 2010

Day 602 – Nameplates

Burning the name into a piece of hardwood with the laser cutter.  It is interesting to watch the laser cutter moving so accurately.

Posted by: Alan Richards | December 14, 2010

Day 600 – Running Up to the Deadline

Another good weekend of boatbuilding and a few more small steps completed.  Now that we have set a target date for launching we are feeling the pinch of time.  It is a good thing to push on to the end but there are is still quite a bit to do that would be a shame to spoil by hurrying too much.  There are also lots  of “essential” purchases needed to be able to launch and sail.  Our local marine supply store is closing down and this seemed fortunate because the sales would come at just the right time.  As it turned out, the discounts were not that significant.

Looking forward to relaxing and sailing in the near future.  This old Spanish proverb sums it up best:

Posted by: Alan Richards | December 5, 2010

Day 591 – “All We Lack Is Finishing”

With Ryan’s help we made few more steps towards finishing:  A lot of sanding and working on the sternsheets.

Posted by: Alan Richards | November 28, 2010

Day 584 – Long Weekend’s Work

Three sawdusty days of a long weekend in which we enjoyed good boatbuilding and eating turkey leftovers. We made some progress with the sternsheets supports and made a new cradle on casters.

We have set a launch date and so we are under a deadline to get everything finished in about a month.

Posted by: Alan Richards | November 26, 2010

Day 582 – Finish Line in Sight!

Posted by: Alan Richards | November 8, 2010

Day 564 – A Lot of Sanding

Not a lot of progress to see – just a lot of sanding and painting of the gunwales, rudder, centerboard, centerboard case and interior.

Posted by: Alan Richards | October 10, 2010

Day 537 – Ordering Sails

We are getting ready to place the order with the sailmaker.  First we had to test the bendiness of the main yard and the mizzen mast by hanging a weight (a bucket of water) from the spar.

The results were:  The main yard with 28lb water (85SF sail area x 1/3) placed at the point the halyard attaches to the yard deflected 5/16″.  The mizzen mast with 7.5 lb water (15SF sail area x 1/2) placed at mid point deflected 1/8″.

Tammie Norrie

Several people have asked about the name Tammie Norrie and what it means:  I found the following interesting explanation on Wikipedia:

A Tammie norrie (Fratercula arctica) is ony o three kins o auk (or alcids) in the bird genus Fratercula (Laitin: wee brither — mibbes referin tae their black an white feathers, that leuks like monastic clouts) wi a brichtly lit beak at breedin time. They are pelagic seabirds that maistlins eats bi doukin intil the sea. They breed in muckle colonies on seawart cleuchs or islands, nestin in craggy scores or in bourie ben the yird.
Aw three species o tammie norrie haes muckle beaks. They tyne the littit ooter pairts o their beaks efter breedin time, an is left wi smawer an mair dreich beaks. Their wee weengs is makkit for soumin wi a fleein gate unner the watter. In the lift, they muive their weengs fast (up tae a hunder times a meenit) in fast flicht, aft fleein laich ower the sea.
Posted by: Alan Richards | September 27, 2010

Day 524 – Straightening out the mast

Thanks to Ryan for making a good effort at straightening out the mizzen mast that I had been having a problem with.  When I had cut the tapers with a circular saw, the cuts were not straight with the result that the mast didn’t look like an accurate, smoothly tapered spar but like a crooked old branch.  With some new guidelines marked out, Ryan did a good job with the block plane to bring it back to normal, but we still have a way to go.

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