Monday, October 17, 2011

Up to no good

Last weekend we bit into the last big "power shuffle" project at the Dockyard - flipping Monomoy No. 2 completely upside down, securing her in that position and then moving her to her 'parking spot' behind the Framing Bay.  No. 3 is resting comfortably inside the Framing Bay, preparing for her big re-framing - but before that happens we have some work to do - which I'm hoping we can knock out this week.

First, we have to complete No. 2's move.  Just like moving No. 3, this involves winches, rollers, sledges, mallets, a big can of lard, a young priest, an old priest, a corn-fed harvest mouse, whips, chains, whistles, yo-yo's, a circus midget - Wait, are you crying?  I'm so sorry.

It's not an exact quote, but I'm sure some will figure it out.  After more than a year of having almost no readers who get my movie quotes - suddenly I have some connoseurs out there.  Hat tip, movie lovers.  But I digest.

Move No. 2, and then we'll start planing down material for No. 3's frames.  The boat herself is fully stabilized and prepped, and now it's just a matter of a few trial bends then popping out the old frames.  We'll start with a few floors first (in these boats, the floors are just sections of frame situated amidships) and get those in first, then move on to the rest.  Of course the process is a little more involved than that, but you get the idea.

My hope over the next several weeks is to get the Dockyard crew back into the swing of a regular routine.  That said, Wednesday nights at 1900 are back on - so come on out, lend a hand and let's wrap up our housekeeping then get down to business on No. 3!  In a few week's we'll be thoroughly into the guts of the boat and with a little luck, she'll be ready to sail next year.


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