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    Perfect
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    Thanks Dave. Our compass is a box compass.

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    old school enough?
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    Perfect!

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    Good solution on the start/stop controls. Plus, now you have a push button to use for an ejector seat or the bow mount machine guns or whatever.
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Hi everyone, I hope your summers, or winters are off to a good start. Itís been busy here, we got Amazon in the water yesterday the bilge pump down to only cycling every twenty four minutes or so now, which is better than the once a minute we started with. Since Iíve got a minute I thought Iíd pop in and catch up on Amazonís projects.

    A month or so ago I realized that I really needed to recover the cabin top. It was obvious that the joint between the cabin top and the windshield had failed and water was working itís way in there.

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    The cloth had separated from the plywood wood and was peeling off without much effort. Further digging showed that under the plywood was also soaking wet.

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    And that was after being under cover for the last eight months!

    So off with the plywood.

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    Then on with the new.

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    The old plywood was butted up to the windshield, which likely Work well for a long time before it failed. But I decided Iíd like there to be a bit of a lap joint there, so I cut a groove in the bottom of the windshield for the ply to slot onto.

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    -Jim

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    Jim, this and Margos' "Sailing with Sarah" are two of my favorite threads, Along with Paladins tales in the Bilge that is.

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    The old ply and glass stopped right at the edge of the cabin top, which seems like a good way encourage water intrusion. This time I let the ply over hang the cabin so that I could add a drip rail under it.

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    Drip rails on and the ply trimmed up.

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    Then we had to take a little break from Amazon, because the boy insisted that we get Sparrow out too.

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    Hard to say no to that smile.
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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Griffin View Post
    Jim, this and Margos' "Sailing with Sarah" are two of my favorite threads, Along with Paladins tales in the Bilge that is.
    I’m glad to hear that Bill, knowing that folks are getting some enjoyment from this rather long saga helps me keep the motivation to carry on the story.
    -Jim

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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    had to take a little break from Amazon, because the boy insisted that we get Sparrow out too.

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    Hard to say no to that smile.
    He has grown. The girls must be young ladies now.

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    They have grown right up Gareth.

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    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Beauties.

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    ...and in a great setting 'Course, "home" is pretty nice, too!

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    What wonderful happy looking kids! By how they've grown, you've been taking on this journey for quite some time - so thank you - it is indeed a great thread.
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    Your family is growing up fast Jim!
    Great work on Amazon, as always!
    It is great to see you and your family getting so much use of her.

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    Thanks guys! Ned, you have me wondering about just how many trips we’ve taken now. I’ll have to go count them out from our log book. It might be kind of fun to know.
    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    It's always a joy to see Amazon and her crew pop up here Jim. I'm looking forward to hearing about this summer's adventures!
    - Chris

    Any single boat project will always expand to encompass the set of all possible boat projects.

    Life is short. Go boating now!

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    After the deck edge was trimmed up a layer of dynel finished it off.

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    And a couple coats of paint to pretty it up.

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    Then we left town for a couple weeks, which stopped our progress but we found boats of a different type.

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    Once we made back home it was a mad dash of painting, varnishing, and hatch coaming construction.

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    -Jim

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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Once again ready for the water.

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    and even in the water.

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    And the catches us up.
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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstevens View Post
    It's always a joy to see Amazon and her crew pop up here Jim. I'm looking forward to hearing about this summer's adventures!
    Thanks Chris, I hope you and your family are out enjoying summer on the water!
    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    That old boat is so lucky you found and saved her. You and your family are so lucky that old boat found you....

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    Wow, nice to see you working on her again! She is looking great!. Good call on the Dynel. I was thinking you might do canvas and paint again. The dynes should hold back the water much longer.
    Now is a good time!


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    I made some slow incremental progress today on a detail I’ve been thinking about for a while. The day tank for the cook stove has always struck me as a bit of an eyesore.

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    nothing really wrong with it there, but it could look a little nicer. So I milled up some tongue and groove yesterday and today I made a little box to fit around it.

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    That’s a bit better to my way of thinking.
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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Nice detail Jim.
    Have you given any thought as to using it to hide some of the wiring, the wires would then be positioned above the coat hooks.

    Cheers,
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    That’s why it’s slow incremental progress Mike.

    That particular wire run is going to be relocated now that it is easy to get into that corner, instead of going across the middle where the hooks are, it will be moved lower. About the height of the bilge stringer. Then I will probably make a cover for it.
    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    For dummies like me, why is it called a day tank? Wouldn't the stove have just one tank? What fuel?
    I love following your progress!
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    It’s a diesel tank Rich, it’s a day tank because that’s about all the fuel it holds and usually they are plumbed into the main fuel tank with a pump so that it can be easily refueled with the day’s fuel.
    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    ^^ also a day tank for a stove is usually a gravity feed. Pump from the main tank to the day tank and then gravity feed to the stove. If you have to pump fuel to the stove you need a pump (of course) and a pressure regulator. More complicated and needs electricity where the gravity tank does not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    Thatís why itís slow incremental progress Mike.
    Haha...yes...I know a little bit about that.

    The wires have that temporary solution look about them.
    My workshop has a few permanent, temporary solutions in place.

    Cheers,
    Mike.
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    Thanks for checking and the updates.
    You are blessed with a lovely family.
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    In December of 2014, I was propped up on the sofa with the ice machine on my fresh knee replacement and sleep wasn’t happening. I read the entire Morgan Volunteer, and Building the Brewer Catboat threads, then saw your opening sentence about crushing a boat. Needless to say, i’ve been following along ever since.
    I really appreciate the time and extra effort it takes to document these projects. I brought my little wooden boat home the day you launched Amazon, But I just cant seem to find the discipline to document any of the work.
    So, thanks for checking back in once in awhile, its always a bright day when you do.

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    Boat looks great!

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    Jim, I hope you have been enjoying Amazon this summer. Funny thing, I was searching for information on Blanchard boats and came across this listing...

    https://www.ladyben.com/power-classi...r/view-details



    I assume you have seen it?
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    It’s funny how things seem to linger on the internet. I actually have the survey that goes with that photo in the ad.

    Ive been trying to decide when to call it a season, but I can seem to make up my mind yet.
    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    One of the projects I have been procrastinating on all summer is moving the boat tent to make it easier to get Amazon in and out of it. Well, it’s fall now and that can be put off no longer. The old location had the tent perpendicular to the road and it was tight, requiring a couple spotters and blocking both lanes of traffic to get the boat set or picked up. By turning it so that it is almost parallel to the road, life will be much easier on moving day.

    To that end, some measuring and pink paint laid out the general plan.

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    I decided to set the tent on cinder blocks this time to give it a bit better base, so lots of digging ensued.

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    Fortunately I have a couple of great digging buddies.

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    -Jim

    Sucker for a pretty face.
    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Pondering how best to move our boat tent, I hit on the idea of getting some big casters and putting the whole thing on wheels. One of my friends here in town was pretty sure that was a plan sure to end in disaster and ask me to video it. So I did.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=swguDUE6sLU

    It’s just quickie little time lapse but it’s kind of fun.
    -Jim

    Sucker for a pretty face.
    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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