The bowsprit goes in!

We’ll get to the bowsprit in a bit, right after doing a quick sweep around the yard to see what’s been going on.

Jon has been working steadily on the bolsters. These are large pads that the anchor chain hawsepipes will protrude through.

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He’s installed a lag eye (the ring) in the starboard bolster to allow him to raise and lower it into place as he fits it.

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Once a bolster is shaped, he soaks it in a barrel of borate solution to help guard against future rot.

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Right next to him, Matt has been working on the buttresses for the gammon knee.

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This is looking down on him over the bow rail.

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Kevin has shielded the upper surface with hammered lead.

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This area will be either completely or partially covered when the bowsprit goes in, so now is the time to protect it.

He’s also covered the king plank with copper sheeting, again to protect it from rot once the bowsprit goes in.

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Dean has made a pattern for a bronze eyes that will attach bowsprit rigging to the stem. The wooden pattern is in the foreground, and the eyes are in the background.

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These were cast by Jim Reineck and Sons from Hull, MA. They do beautiful work.

The cylindrical section on the right of the castings will later be bored out to accept a pin.

John has been working with Mike the blacksmith on chain plates.

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Ali has been doing much of this work,

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but she’s off in warmer climes this week.

Jamie’s working with them as well. Here he’s cleaning up a lower chain plate support.

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So, where was I? Yes, John. He’s been working with Jamie to install all of the forward chain plates before the foremast goes in tomorrow.

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The smaller brackets below the chain plates add one more attachment point and help to reinforce the chain plates that carry the most load.

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How’s it look Jamie?

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Ok I guess.

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Ryan has been working on the lift dock winch cables.

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These need to be replaced from time to time. It’s a big job, and Scott, Dean, and Tich have all been spearheading this project.

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Here, Tich is installing a special load sensor that will tell the dock’s computer exactly how much weight is on that particular cable.

Walt has finished the lower mizzen mast trees.

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The metal gate at the top will trap the heel of the mizzen topmast once it’s in place.

The main topmast cap needed replacing, so Scott sawed a beautiful piece of white oak, and I shaped it. The pattern of the old cap is drawn on the oak, and a block with a 5 degree hole is used as a drill guide.

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These holes will define a larger angled hole for the t’gallent mast.

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Down in the hold, Jeff and Bob have been working on platforms for the generators, water pumps, and water tanks.

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These are serious structures.

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Jeff is notching out a ceiling plank to make a solid attachment for one of the water tank shelf beams.

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But now, the big event of the day: The bowsprit goes in!

Trev had completed all the painting and hardware installation yesterday.

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The cap was installed.

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Remember that metal plate that he was fitting on the cap? You can see the bolt and nut protruding down low. This will help to anchor the cap in place. The plate has an eye bolt coming through it,

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which in turn is anchored with a pin and washer where it comes through the top of the bowsprit.

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Matt and Alex loaded it onto a mast cart this morning,

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and then rolled it out to the yard with the help of Howard and Ryan.

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Matt supervised the lift to the boat.

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And in she goes (once you click on an image below, you can use your arrow keys to scroll left and right).

Rob buttered up the mating faces with bedding compound to help make everything neat and slippery.

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And with a little finagling, some patience, and a come-a-long, she went in like a dream.

We all agreed, Trev did an amazing job on this beast.

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That’s a good looking bowsprit.

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