Boatbuilding Blog

September 17, 2014

Minor Hull Patch

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomlarkin @ 1:57 pm

I pulled the Coot out last month to wash the bottom and touch up the bottom paint. Right at the waterline, back about four feet from the bow there was a half-inch divot gouged out, with bare plywood showing, and a crack a few inches long running aft of the hole. It looks like I hit something hard, maybe a bolt head mounted on something heavy. Water oozed out of the crack when I pressed on it.

While the boat was out, I took the dinghy home for sanding and varnishing.
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Here’s the damage – hand for scale.
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The plywood was very wet. To see the extent of the water intrusion, I figured the plywood would have swelled where it was wet, so I sanded the whole area with a longboard. The sanding took off the bottom paint wherever the wood was swelled. I’m kind of proud of this idea.
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So I cut back the glass to the edges of the swelled area and dug down a few plys to see if there was damage below that level. It was damp but undamaged – no cracks or rot.
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I sanded the paint off in a larger area, then mounted a heat lamp for a couple days. I kept it pretty hot, during some very hot dry days.
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When I decided the wood was dry, I soaked the bare wood with warm neat epoxy until it wouldn’t soak up any more, then laminated small pieces of 6 ounce fiberglass cloth to fill the depressed area flush. When that was firm, I smoothed the area with QuickFair, then sanded that nice and flat.
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Finally, I laid a larger layer of glass over the whole area, smoothed with peel-ply to make it smooth and flat.WP_20140828_17_10_43_Pro

A little sanding, more QuickFair, and some bottom paint, and she’s done. Back in the water in time for the Port Townsend boat show.  The boat was out of the water for five days.
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My only concern with this fix is that water may have leaked past the area I cleaned and dried, and now it’s locked inside, brewing dry rot. I kind of wished I’d soaked some penetrating epoxy in the area before filling it. I guess I’ll know in a few years if I should have done that. By the way, there’s a watertight compartment behind this area. I would not have sunk even if I’d been holed through.

September 11, 2013

Coot and Pacific Titan

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomlarkin @ 12:37 pm

I was heading out on my trip to Princess Louisa Inlet in early May, 2013 when they put me in the large locks with this guy.

Photos by Linda Evans (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lgevans/).

Top photo links to a bigger version.
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September 10, 2013

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Show 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomlarkin @ 11:47 pm

 

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Merrie Ellen
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June 16, 2013

Dueling Tablets

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomlarkin @ 1:08 pm

While in Victoria I found a RAM mount, so I screwed it to the dash so I could put both tablets up at once. That’s a Microsoft Surface Pro on the left, running Coastal Explorer, and my iPad on the right running Navionics . Coastal Explorer has a lot more features, but is kind of complex to learn, and the touch-screen interface is poor. Navionics has Active Captain built in, which I like and use a lot. The two systems complement each other, but having too many screens is kind of distracting. The Surface Pro doesn’t have a 12 volt charger, so I needed to run my inverter most of the time, and doesn’t have a built-in GPS, so that’s another wire running on the dash. The iPad looks odd because it’s wrapped in an OtterBox case. I used the iPad for almost all my navigation on this trip, and wrote blog entries and watched movies on the Surface tablet. With a 12 volt charger and a Bluetooth GPS, the Pro would be a good choice for a single computer.

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Home (Day 29-30)

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomlarkin @ 12:52 pm

I spent Wednesday night in Watmough Bay, on the South end of Lopez Island, and crossed the Straights in the morning. Calm and sunny in the middle, so I anchored in the lee of the sand bar off the end of Smith Island and watched the Cormorants and Rhinoceros Auklets for a couple of hours waiting for the tide to be favorable into Admiralty Inlet.
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I tied up at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center dock to walk to town, but the sign said I’d need to pay $12, so I went on and anchored in front of town instead, rowed to shore and walked to uptown to buy groceries. Then I went on to Mats Mats bay for the night.Port Townsend Marine Science Center

I ran into one of my favorites at Port Townsend – the schooner Adventuress, out for a day sail.
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While in town I checked in at the Wooden Boat Center and found a bunch of people building Scamp sailboats. I’d like to make one some day. They are fine little ships.
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Here’s a panorama of Mats Mats bay. Despite all the boats anchored, I think I was the only person on board that night. This would be a great place to leave a boat if you had to go away for a week or two – completely protected and out of the way. You could walk to Port Ludlow and catch a bus to Seattle. Getting in is a little scary, but if you avoid Klas Rocks and follow the range markers on the way in, it’s not dangerous. At a medium tide I didn’t see any depths less than 14 feet. (Links to a very large picture.)Mats Mats

Coming into the small locks. I was home at my slip in Kenmore at 4 PM. I spent 30 days on the water on this trip.
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My last track from the SPOT tracker.
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May 22, 2013

Happy Herschel

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomlarkin @ 7:19 am

This sweet little guy was hanging out on the buoy off of Golden Gardens park when I went by last week.

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April 3, 2012

Preliminary Boat Trip Plan

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomlarkin @ 12:00 pm

Sixteen days, 400 miles, clockwise. 

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Day

Date

Overnight
Stops

Daily
Miles

Running
Miles

Fri

April 20

Kingston

18

27

From Carillon after work

Sat

21

Sequim

43

70

Via Port Townsend & Protection Island

Sun

22

Port Angeles

26

96

Via Dungeness Spit

Mon

23

Victoria

21

127

 

Tue

24

Sidney

26

153

Via Sidney Spit

Wed

25

Ganges

16

169

 

Thu

26

Saturna

15

184

 

Fri

27

Sucia

17

201

Via Tumbo and Patos (alt Roche Hbr customs)

Sat

28

Bellingham

23

224

Via Matia and Lummi

Sun

29

Cypress Island

14

238

Eagle harbor

Mon

30

Deer Harbor

18

256

Via Wasp Passage and Yellow Island

Tue

May 1

Sucia

14

270

 

Wed

2

Bellingham

21

291

 

Thu

3

Cypress Island

18

309

Eagle harbor

Fri

4

Watmaugh Bay

23

332

Via Olga and Spencer Spit

Sat

5

Port Ludlow

36

368

Via Port Townsend

Sun

6

Home

40

408

Via Kingston and Shilshole

West From Seattle

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomlarkin @ 11:52 am

I made this for my friend Carol, but it seems nice enough to save.It’s what’s out there to the West of Seattle. (Links to a bigger version)

Looking West

March 26, 2012

Spring Maintenance

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomlarkin @ 9:19 pm

Haulout on a perfect early Spring morning:
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Bow Repair

– we ran into a dock and a floating log in the past month.

First, I cut out all cracked and splintered fiberglass and wood:
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Taped the area and made a little work space:
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Sealed the wood with epoxy, then filled the rest with epoxy-based filler:
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Took a little break after all that work:
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Sanded smooth and washed with solvent:
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Painted it black:
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Painted the bottom paint:
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Changed the lower unit oil:
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She’s ready to start the cruising season!

March 24, 2012

Bird Pictures

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomlarkin @ 10:32 pm

I bought a new camera.  A Nikon D5100, and a nice 55-300 mm zoom lens. I spent a couple of hours playing with it.

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Blue heron
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