Guest plank hangers!

WoodenBoat was a great success I’d say. Many of the shipyard staff stayed around the boat all weekend answering questions, trading stories, and generally helping to make sense of the repair process. We put up two planks over the weekend, and each time recruited volunteers to help. For a lot of people, being a part of that was a real highlight to their visit.

We put out the word that people wanting to help should gather by the steam box and get a hard hat.

Tom Jackson from Wooden Boat, along with shipyard staff, prepped the volunteers about how the process worked. Everyone then moved onto the platform alongside the boat as the plank was hauled over with a forklift.

Shipyard staff rolled the plank in on dollies,

and then everyone got a hand on it and lifted.

Everyone braced up against the boat while the ring staffs were positioned and tied off.

We made sure the volunteers were the ones pounding the wedges in between the ring staffs and the planks.

I mean, we get to do this stuff all the time, why not share the fun??

Once the ring staffs and wedges were in place, folks could relax a bit as the plank was now firmly held against the boat. The crowd thinned a bit, but some people still wanted to drill for and drive in the hanging spikes.

People were really excited to be a part of the crew, and it was smiles all around afterwards.

We tried to keep things interactive whenever possible. Outside of the boat we had an old hand-powered trunnel making machine that guests could run.

Essentially it’s a giant pencil sharpener that works by spinning the rectangular trunnel stock into the cutters. While the trunnels made from this machine wouldn’t be used in the boat (we use an electric machine that does the same thing but more precisely), people could take the trunnel that they made home with them.

We also had a booth where, for a small donation, you could sign a trunnel that would be used to install a real plank on the Morgan. A lot of people liked the idea of having their name embedded in the fabric of the boat, and I think we’ll keep doing this over the coming weeks.