Friday, April 26, 2013

Sarasota Sailing Squadron Hosts 8th Annual Traditional Small Craft Festival

The 8th Annual Traditional Small Craft Festival, lets call it TSCF, was on the decline the last couple of years and we have high hopes that moving it to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron will bring it back to it's former glory.  David Jennings, Commodore of the SSS wants to host this event on an annual basis and establish it as a premier traditional craft get together.  This first year at the Squadron was pretty low key and more of a get-to-know some of the characters involved with traditional craft in the area.  There were about 20 boats but I never managed to get pictures of all of them 'cause we were all over the place talking about boats or messing about.  The friendly folks and superb facilities of the SSS made for a very fun time. 
Concurrently to the TSCF the SSS was hosting a youth regatta with over 200 optis and lasers launching simultaneously.  That was an impressive sight and added a buzz of activity to the whole weekend.

Just a small sample of the optis launching into a stiff 15-20kn breeze.
George Luzier built Baby Doll on the left.  She is 41 years old, strip planked and looks like new.
Dennis Bradley's Egret
Clayton Seelgen's brand spanking new Caledonia Yawl.
Hugh Horton and I jumped in Goat and chased Meade Gougeon around.  Here Hugh and Meade are swapping boats.  Goat could just barely keep up with WoodWind in less than 10kn.
Dennis Bradley's recently restored Chapelle Sharpie was out playing with us
Watching Hugh take off in WoodWind
Hugh in WoodWind
Pacing Hugh
Back at the SSS docks
Great looking ply powerboat
Ospreys built a low nest on top of what remains of a recently cut down tree.  They were not very pleased about the hundreds of kids running around.
Sunday morning renowned Sarasota boat builder George Luzier came by Baby Doll for a chat.  George is in his late eighties and still building boats!  Here George and Meade talk shop.  George has been using West System for decades.
 George Luzier and David Jennings checking out Goat
Solving the world's problems at an impromptu lunch aboard Egret

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Epoxy Coating The Goat Mast Without Runs

It is time to refinish the Goat mast.  The original epoxy coating job had all sorts of runs and I never varnished it so after two years it was looking a bit worn.  I rigged up a truly Rube Goldberg contraption to spin the mast while I applied the epoxy.  This worked exceedingly well.  The mast remained spinning for a few hours until the epoxy kicked off enough to guarantee no runs.  The rig is beyond simple.  The mast tip has a long decking screw driven into it to act as a bearing.  The mast base already has a 1/4" hole in it for ventilation so I shoved in a length of 1/4" rod with a shaft collar and a screw acting as a drive dog does on a lathe.  I'm pretty sure a decking screw with it's head cut off, chucked in the drill would work just as well.  The whole works was suspended by two ratchet straps and rotated well in the hooks. A wire zip tie held the trigger at just the right speed.  The DeWalt had no problem spinning this at low rpm and after a few hours it was barely warm.