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    On with the new paint.



    But right out of the can, something was amiss. It looked too more like purple than red.

    The can was brand new and mixed to the specs noted for Kingston II in the permanent records.

    Well, perhaps a few days in the sun will tone it back to the color we expected.

    We'll see.



    We painted the white rail last year too. But now it looks awful. Sitting under a tree is tough on finishes.

    The next day was the opening of the Wooden Boat show.

    As always, lots of stuff to look at.







    If the engine was Harley, I would name this boat Hogwash.

    Motorcycle on the water.







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    Our own Susan and her husband with their boat.








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    Another boat building exhibit.











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    The Water Craft Hall was open to all visitors.

    The first boat we found was one that I had donated recently.





    This Donzi was recently on display in the Thompson Exhibition building.



    If you look back a few months you can see it inside and out as it was moved in for display.



    I am late with reporting this. I have been working on my own boat and it's really eating into my free time. But it's back in the water now and as I end this I'm going to the yard to bring it home.

    I'm installing a new transponder.



    Yeah, I know. It's not wood.

    The yard told me it weighs 34,000 pounds and I have great faith in two nylon straps.

    The one by my head is holding 26,000.

    Jeez!

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    July 11, 2019

    Wayne went to California and Nate is in Maine. Nate has a house up there where he spends most of the summer and Wayne is not tending to a disaster. For a nice change of pace, he's visiting his son and his family.

    So it was
    Anne and me for the day.

    We were very busy. In a week or two, the first ballast will be going into Mayflower II's bilge. Our job was to clean all the bits and pieces out from between the frames and keel for a clean pour.



    All the grates are removable. So, the first task was to move all the stuff off of them.

    But the saw is still in use and while there is a tarp, it's only marginally effective.

    So we cleaned from the bow back to about where the saw is.



    Anne has an advantage. She's small and agile. She just climbs right in.



    We were interrupted when Quentin and Whit (The boss and Mayflower II's Captain) were having a meeting near by.



    The man in the straw hat will be doing the concrete installation of Mayflower II's ballast.

    They moved down to where were were working because we had it open exposing the frames and keel.



    Not all the ballast will be concrete. The concrete will fill the area between the frames but will not cover them. Once ready, the remaining lead ballast will sit on top of the frames and concrete. If and when in the future an area of the hull needs work, the concrete can be lifted out without needing a jack hammer.

    This picture, again from above, shows the space that will be filled with concrete. The mix will be as thick as possible to allow it to be shaped. The thicker mix will run up the curve of the hull without flowing back down to the keel. How far up the curve of the hull is realistic? We'll see.





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    Other work goes on including painting and caulking.









    Blue tape prior to painting.






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    The hull will be painted soon. They have put up a curtain around the hull so the wood can get some moisture into it.

    This is the stern.



    And the bow.



    The sprayers are running hard.



    A day or two ahead of time, the surface will be allowed to dry enough for painting. The moisture will have swelled the wood enough to help during the launch.

    Morgan was partially launched by lowering her down enough on the ship lift to wet the bottom. Most likely Mayflower II will get the same treatment.

    On the way to lunch I spotted a Friendship sloop.





    Our last job for the day was to take off the bad paint on these straps. It was a hot day and this job didn't help.





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    Then Anne started painting the gun port doors.



    Trevor came in to make sure all his good work was tended to properly. He made the doors and will be mounting the above hardware to the hull. Each one is identified with a tag and he wanted to make sure the tags didn't get mixed up or lost.

    I'm not sure what it was he was working on, but it was a messy job.



    A lot goes on the Mystic, not just the seaport. As I was coming down off Mayflower II, I took this.







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    July 18, 2019

    Quentin said there was a man at the seaport years ago by the name of Harry Jackson. He has been quoted as saying, "All boats are built in the last month."

    Well, we're there! Sort of!

    Mayflower II is scheduled for launch in six weeks!

    So now the pressure is on.

    And we get to help.

    Out in the yard, the area is getting cleaned up so the Mayflower II "mailbox" can come down.



    This will start coming down today, Friday, with the removal of the signage and steps.

    So the crane has room to work, the yard was cleaned up.

    Scott and Dylan were removing an anchor.





    Inside, the main hatch has been covered with a temporary one to keep the weather out of the lower decks.





    The decks are being sanded and painting is going on. We helped clean up.





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    The old and new wood.





    He did the entire deck in one day. This job would have killed me.

    Most of our job was sanding the woodwork and primed area.





    Virginia is an intern. She is going to the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.

    https://www.usmma.edu/



    She'll do well in life and work. She never slowed down and sanded all day. She's got the right stuff.





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    Time for lunch.

    I poured! several times during the day, it rained hard. This time it afforded us a longer lunch.





    During lunch we met a family from Alabama waiting out the downpour.

    When it let up we took them up to the shipyard for a better look.



    Not the best picture.



    I sent them back down and continued sanding and cleaning.

    And just looking around.

    Wayne went home early for a Red Cross meeting.

    Just some pictures.

    Inside looking out.



    Looking down from the highest point on deck.





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    All this comes down next week.





    Back in the paint shop, this is the color scheme for Mayflower II.



    Coming up soon, the cement ballast will be poured. If it's on time, it will happen August 7.

    As I showed last week, a heavy mist of water is wetting the hull planking to help swell the joints. This week the stern has three hoses feeding the effort instead of only one. I never went to see if the bow is getting more water.

    It was raining out. Hard.

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    July 25, 2017

    The "Mail Box" is down now.

    Last week it looked like this.



    Driving in yesterday, it now looks like this.



    The yard was closed off to visitors as the crane and forklifts were hard at it all over the shipyard.



    Hard hats were required.



    The crane was WAY up there. You could see it from anywhere in the seaport.



    We left early this day to take care of other business. Here's what was done by noon.

    Some of the concrete blocks have been removed and some of the staging still stands.





    So, on to our job for this morning.



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    Wayne and I worked with Rod and Dick on Roann for the day.

    Dick has been the driving force on Roann for years. As a volunteer, he has been working on it and other things I guess for more than 20 years.

    He wanted us to clean up the rail and prime the bare spots.

    Dick.



    And Rod, not that you could tell from this.



    The fore deck and rail was our task.



    You can see how LA Dunton looks. (Next door) She is in the schedule for a restoration and money and grants are now available. Wood is being searched for too.

    Got any live oak, yellow pine, or white oak to donate? (Or sell?)





    While it wasn't a very hot day, but the sun was intense. Periodic breaks were in order.

    That's a better picture of Rod on the right.



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    Back to work.






    One last thing for the day.

    Demonstrations go on all over the seaport.

    This is the return of a dory from a fishing trip using a net. They do it right off the stern of LA Dunton every day.

    I asked if they ever caught a fish.

    "We try not to."





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    July 29, 2019

    Thanks, RBGARR,

    That was a wonderful read.


    For everyone else, take a look at it too.


    https://churbuck.com/2014/07/14/the-...mes-to-p-town/

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    August 1, 2019

    Short day for us. I was leaving for my annual St Vincent's SWIM Across Long Island Sound after lunch, and Wayne had a Red Cross meeting. So in the morning we worked on what I believe is, the mizzen top for Mayflower II.





    We cleaned up the underside. The paint was in good shape, it was just getting a little long in the tooth.



    Anne worked on the mast itself.



    In the barn, a part of the beak is shaping up.



    There are two. This is the other one.




    So, after lunch, I'm off to PJ. (Port Jefferson Harbor on Long Island, NY)

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    August 3, 2019

    Port Jefferson Harbor (PJ) Thursday afternoon.



    Friday was a bonus day over there so now this is Saturday. The 32nd annual SWIM event.

    It's my 21st time. Jeez I'm getting old.

    My team, Knights of the Sound Table.



    At the appointed time we left the dock to take all the teams out to the beach for the start.



    We're able to relax and take pictures at this point.



    Some boats are prettier than others.



    At least I think so, anyway.

    It was time for our lead swimmer to go to the beach for the start.

    He did it in style, of course.




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    Our team captain, Dave, is on the left.





    After the start, it's like watching paint dry. But I and my 1st mate had to be at 100% all the time. That's why I have help. I've done the six or seven hours by myself, but as I said, I'm getting old.

    This is Tom, my second in command. We alternated an hour on, an hour off.






    There were solo swimmers, two person relay teams and we were a traditional relay team of six swimmers.

    That's the winning traditional relay team ahead of us.



    After six or so hours we approached Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport, Connecticut for the finish at Captains Cove Seaport. This was a close race.

    At the end, our lead swimmer is followed by the rest of our team for their big finish.




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    Three of our six took the awards for all.




    It was a long, but great day. Unlike last year where we never started because of storms, this day was perfect.

    Our team raised almost $8,000 for the event. Over all, the goal is $2,000,000. The money is used to aid cancer families. It's not for research, it's used to help those who need it. I have heard of mortgages being paid up and wigs for chemo patients. And lots in between.

    http://svmcf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1060&pg=entry

    Don't be bashful, step up and make a donation. Some day it may be you that needs help.

    There, that's enough.

    Then it was time for us to go home.

    We passed several boats in the river who were just finishing up. the swimmer is on the starboard side and will go to the port side closer to the finish line.



    But now it's time for Tom and me to go home.





    We cleaned the boat and headed home.



    This week I am going to Mystic three times, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

    Wednesday, the Mayflower II will have it's concrete ballast installed and I want to be there for that.

    Thursday is my regular day and then I will leave my truck there to take the train home.

    This is because on Friday my wife and I are bringing our boat our to the seaport for a three week stay. We'll be able to take day trips using the car. If you're at the seaport, stop in and say hello.




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    August 7, 2019

    Today the ballasting of Mayflower II started. At 7:30 the pumper truck showed up and started the setup.



    A half hour later the cement showed up and it's game on.





    A drone was taking pictures for the cement company, not the seaport or the Mayflower II.



    It was too bright to see anything let alone get a picture of his image.




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    On board.





    They filled only to the top of the frame. Lead bars will sit on top of all this.





    It's 10:30 as I write this here at the seaport. The pumping is all done and the're cleaning up.







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    One last thing for today. We use a lot of Interlux Pre Kote here at the seaport.

    One of our volunteers came up with a better product for Mayflower II.




    I ran into these two naval architects at lunch carrying there latest creations.





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