Yesterday we managed to get Monomoy No. 3 a little bit closer to the point where we can replace her frames. All of the thwarts were taken out and the hull temporarily stabilized, but we have more work to do before we can actually start ripping out old and steaming in new. This Saturday, we'll be getting together at 9 am to get her the rest of the way. Here's what's on the work list:
1. build two adjustable cradles, and get the boat into them. Remove tomming.
2. chisel away the cap rails on both sides.
3. remove thwart clamps and ribbands, loosen inwales.
4. remove keelsons and centerboard trunk.
And we're there!
If we have a good number of volunteers, the work should go by fast and we might find ourselves doing some practice steaming by the end of the day. If not, it'll have to wait until next week. Either way, I'm hoping to get a good jump on things to the point that we can wrap up her re-framing by the end of July.
So if you're in the area, come on out to the Dockyard this Saturday!
I've received a couple of emails recently asking why we don't name our boats. I've proposed several names like "Buttercup" and "Maximus Decimus Meridius" but since these are all too cool for our Board of Directors, our boats remain numbered, not named. No, not really. The fact is that the navy doesn't name its boats - so neither do we. They are designated by type, length and number or letter. Plain, I know, but as with absolute music (Symphony No. 1, 2, 3) it leaves much to the imagination of the individuals to discover the character of each boat.