September, 2007


September 25th, 2007 by Plimoth

Things are starting to come together now. Jack is installing the toe rail/rub rail around the outside edge of the boat. I am installing the coaming on the inside edge of the deck. Don Severy is making the bow and tow stern cleats. Paula and John are doing all the prep for and applying the prime coat on almost everything.

Thanks to Marie for taking pictures. My new camera is on its way.


The Deck

September 24th, 2007 by Plimoth

Friday, with the help of our volunteers, we applied the Dynel cloth to the deck. The Dynel is glued down with epoxy in the same way as the fiberglass cloth of the bottom of the boat. Jack and I had fastened the ¾” plywood decking to the faired deck beams the day before. The plywood, donated to us by Mid-Cape Home Centers, is fastened down with 2” # 12 bronze screws. The Dynel cloth, a kind of tightly woven fiberglass fabric, will mimic a canvas-covered deck.

All in all, the deck structure including the 2” x 3” deck beams, spaced sixteen inches apart and the ¾” plywood covered with dynel should be a nearly indestructible work platform.

We are closing in on completing this project. I have been talking with “the Boat Guy” Andy, who will install the new outboard and it’s associated steering and electronics. As has been mentioned before, Honda Motor Corporation is donating the fifty horsepower outboard. We are all excited to have this new, clean burning, efficient, electrically started motor to replace our old, tired outboard.

We have a week and a half until the boat will go to his shop. Then it will be back at our shop to finish up the painting and last minute details before launching.

Primer coat

September 19th, 2007 by Plimoth

We continue to make great progress on the Garvey. Today we finished installing the deck structure, that is, deck beams, stud beams and carlins. Before we put the plywood deck on we primed the inside of the boat. From the picture you can see why we all have bad backs. There is a lot of bending over to reach inside the boat.

We are fortunate to have the help of George Greenamyer and Don Severy, both volunteers, to help with the painting. There is a lot of surface area to cover.

The next step, hopefully tomorrow, will be to fair the deck beams and lay down the plywood in preparation for putting the dynel cloth on the deck on Friday. Dynel is a kind of fiberglass cloth that when finished will look like a canvas deck but is much more wear resistant.


By the way, Linda, we hope you are feeling better and can rejoin us soon. We’re saving you a seat on the boat for launch day!

September 17th

September 18th, 2007 by Plimoth

We are keeping on track with the schedule for completion. Last Friday featured a lot of clean up inside the boat. During the phase where the bottom of the boat was fastened down a lot of 5200 oozed out around the edges of the frames, chines and keel. The same thing that makes it such a good product as an adhesive also makes it tough stuff to clean up.

Clean up required all hands. We used sharp utility knives, chisels, scrapers, and putty knives to slice out the cured 5200. A word to the wise, remove the excess stuff while it’s wet. The cured adhesive does not like to let go.

The point of the clean-up is to prep the inside bottom to receive a coat of epoxy. This, we hope, will seal the plywood and help the boat last a bit longer.

Also, A volunteer Dave, continued to work on the center console. This is the top that he glued up out of four pieces of Wanna. (cut off pieces from the stock we used in replanking the stern castle of Mayflower II).

Someone came in the shop yesterday and reminded us that the date was the 17th. This means, they went on to say, we only have a month to finish the boat. Only a month? How about: We have to all of a month until we can use our new boat.

Speaking of Mayflower II, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention John and Paula’s continue efforts to keep at least the rigging in good shape while Jack and I work on the Garvey. They have retarred all the standing rigging in the last few weeks. It is all shiny and new looking again and ready for the fall and winter seasons.

Bottoms Up

September 12th, 2007 by Plimoth

We reached a turning point in the project today. We flipped the boat upright, so that for the first time it resembles what a boat looks like in the water.

The process, like lots of things we do, required a fair amount of worry and very little trouble. We talked through various ways of lifting the boat, supporting the boast, protecting the boat and in the end decided to flip the boat in as simple a way as possible.

We used a pair of handy billies, or block and tackle to lift one edge of the boat. We reinforced the lower corner on which the boat would rotate and set up some old tires covered with canvas to receive the boat as it settled in the upright position.

Here is some of the backlog of pictures. George Greenmeyer, a very talented volunteer is carving the name boards for the boat. Appropriately the boat will be named volunteer.

The other picture was from last Friday. During our class we put the waterline on the boat. This is a good thing to do while the boat is still set up level and horizontal on the building jig. The process, partial illustrated in the picture is to set up level straightedges at each end of the boat at the height of the waterline.

An individual sights from one straight edge to the other viewing the plane that is created between them A second individual hold a pencil on the hull and slides it up into the view of the other person. They make a mark on the hull when the pencil point crosses the plane the first person is sighting.

They repeat the process every 8” or so along the hull, connect all those points with a batten and there you have it, one straight accurately applied waterline.

A Quick update

September 12th, 2007 by Plimoth

It seems like every time I turn around I am behind on my blob postings. I was going to write something several times likes wek and never got around to it. well here are some pictures to show some progress of a week ago.

The planks are 7/8″ cedar. They are spiled to the shape of the bottom of the boat. They are applied in a lpastrake style, i.e. overlaping each other and made flush at each end by planing a gain on each board. The first pair of planks, next to the keel, are called the garboards. I suppose technically the plywood is the garboard.

The planks are fastened to the frames with bronze screws and attached to each other with copper rivets. The second pair of planks are called the broad strakes.

I will post more current pictures at the end of the day today.

A back log of Pictures

September 4th, 2007 by Plimoth

Here are some pictures to catch up on Garvey building progress. My camera is not functioning so I am relying on the kindness of others to supply me with pictures. Thanks to Linda Hart for thiese pictures

Here’s the gang putting the 1st peice of Plywood down on the bottom.

Here’s us ‘glassing the bottom after the second layer of plywood was applied.

Here’s Josh, Linda’s Nephew, helping out under the boat.

Here’s Jodi Helping out under the boat.

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