Friday, November 18, 2016

Salvage: not today

Last Sunday, with the help of a friend, we pumped out the standing rain water and towed the derelict Columbia 26 to our slip.  We were alerted to the boat by a previous owner of the boat.
He told me the the most recent owner of the boat never registered it and after a storm left it abandoned.
In the course of the tow, a DNR water patrol officer came along side and inquired about our intentions.
At that point the salvage was in gear and he was happy to be rid of the boat.
He had a copy of the current (2015) registration with owners name.
The officer did not have correct contact info and had never been able to contact the owner to press him to move the boat.
He gave us the registration papers.  With these I was able to track down the owner, give him a call to find out his intentions.
He said he has and interested buyer.
I encouraged him go for it.
While we were within our rights to claim salvage on an abandoned boat, reason dictated I return the boat and move on.
After inspecting the boat and estimating the needed work, the rescue didn't make sense. Poor ODIN!
I do like the lines of this boat and its interior is surprisingly roomy.  It also has the advantage of being able to fit under the Oriental bridge.  But as my friend suggested, it is a buyers market and boats of this size can be had reasonably.
The whole exercise was not a waste.  I was under the impression the smallest boat I would be interested in for accommodations would be in the 34 foot range.  This 1969 Columbia was way bigger the the 1969 Carl Alberg designed Kittywake I had owned previously.
The fire has been lit.  We will be looking for a boat around 28-31 feet.
Here is a photo of Tiny and I contemplating our future:

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Salvage!

The owner of an abandoned boat told Christa we could have it if we could free it from its approaching doom.
The boat dragged anchor in a storm in 2012 and drifted way up a local creek. 
The wind has been blowing from the NE and filling up the sound.
Christa and I checked out the boat today.  It is salvageable.  It is floating.  This high water helps.  It is swinging around on it's keel. 
It looks like it was broken into at one point and stripped of some interior fixtures.  It was left open and has about 6 inches of water in it.

Tomorrow afternoon I am going to pump it out and hopefully tow it to a slip we have near the bridge.  I think our little skiff can do it.




Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Weather Vane

We installed a weathervane just in time for Mathew's visit.   This is the only nautical thing I have done in months.  The house construction is progressing.  We finished the tower roof and before the scafolding came down,  I wanted to get the vane up.  We whittled it out of scraps of gavalume roofing.  It rides on a bearing supported shaft and will turn a needle on a compass rose on the ceiling of the tower room.  Here are some pics:

Sperm whale







Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sinking Feeling

This was a beautiful boat last time I saw it afloat.  Yesterday walking the docks at Whittaker Point Marina, I saw the inevitable conclusion to long neglect of a wooden boat.  It was listed for sale for $2000 as recently as 4 months ago.  Now it will cost that much for the owner to remove it from it's slip.  Sad


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sharks!

There are a lot of sharks off the coast of North Carolina.  There always have been apparently.  You can find fossilized sharks teeth in the local gravel!
To learn more about this, we visited the Aurora Fossil Museum.  Follow this link to see some amazing fossils.
The museum is filled with items unearthed at Potash Corporation. It is a phosphate quarry near the town of Aurora.  As they mine for phosphate, they turn up these amazing fossils.

the museum has displays of fossils from the many creatures who have called the area home for the last many millions of years.
In digging through one of their gravel piles during the recent Aurora Days festival we found these sharks teeth.  It took just a couple of hours to unearth these.



Thursday, June 30, 2016

Felix the cat boat

This past weekend, Christa got us an invitation for a sail on a beautiful hand made 37 foot cat boat. FELIX.
The owners and builders, Art and Terri have one of the most comfortable and classiest boats I have seen.  It is full of modern systems and high tec equipment.
Here is a link to an article about this boat: http://towndock.net/shippingnews/felix
Felix is 37 LOA with a 14 foot beam!  Lots of form stability.
She has a great combination of carbon and Mahogany.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hydro: Video

We cut down the transom 3 inches and this totally eliminated the cavitation.  Now the boat can hit the top end of this motor.  It is just a 9.9 hp Johnson, but it moves.  The hull should be able to handle up to about a 35hp.  that would be exciting.  We are keeping our eyes peeled for any motors in the area that we could land.  For now this is super fun.
Here is a video of me leaving our creek...


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hydro: Launch Day!

We found a great throttle cable at Marine Consignment in town.  This afternoon we hooked it up to a hand lever.  We may move to a foot pedal, but for now it works well.
Once this was completed, the boat was ready to launch.
Oriental has a nice State Wild Life Resources boat ramp in town.  We had the boat launched in minutes and it performed great!
The handling is tight and the ride is dry.  We did have some cavitation, so we will be lowering the motor and adjusting its angle.  But that is another day.
Here are some photos...










Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hydro: Top Sides Paint

Today we flopped the boat over.  The weather was perfect for painting. Low humidity and sunny with a mild breeze.  We were able to get two coats of Interlux Perfection White on the top sides.  We mixed in a little Interlux #216 spray thinner.

It looks great.  Tomorrow we will be able to reinstall the steering gear, mount the engine and strap down the tank.  The only remaining issue will be the throttle linkage.  We will address this next week.




Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hydo: Paint finally!

The fairing of the hull is close enough for now.  If we love the hull and want to mold it, we will put in another week of fairing.  The weather is warm and we are ready to try it out.
Yesterday we primed the hull top and bottom with Pre-Kote by Interlux.
Today we sprayed on Perfection White by Interlux on the hull's bottom.
After a day or two to harden, we will flip it back over and spray a couple of coats on the top sides.




Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hydro: Scuppers



This weekend we cut holes for the port and starboard scuppers and glassed it up.
Since this area will most likely be constantly wet, we took extra care in sealing up the holes.
After the holes were cut, we saturated the raw ply with epoxy.  The transom is made of (2) 3/4 ply wood epoxied together.
Next we cut thin wall PVC tube to line the holes.  The tube was abraided with sandpaper. The tubes had a slightly loose fit so we wrapped the tube with glass tape, saturated it and twisted it into place.
We left the tubes slightly long.  This allowed us to wrap the ends with carbon fiber tow and press it into the seam with a screw driver.
Today the lamination was hard so we sanded the tubes flush.  It looks like a solid connection. Over the season, we will monitor the integrity of this joint.
This is the sanded flush starboard scupper.
This is the glass tape and CF tow we used to wrap the scupper tubes.
This is the interior view of the port scupper.

Stern view showing the new scuppers.