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    Good eye Ben, cedar it is. Cedar is a good choice for cabin tops, especially if they are covered with canvas or something else, because of its light weight and the cabin top isn’t a high traffic area.

    Made a down payment on varnish yesterday.

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    Beautiful! That has to feel good.

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    Wonderful transformations! Thank you again for taking the time to document and share this with you. I hope that some day when they're all grown up, your kids will appreciate your efforts, both on the boat and on the thread as well.

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    i echo Hugh's & Chris's comments

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    What's shocking about this thread is how much JJ gets done. I s'pose if we talked less and worked more, there'd be a lot more old wood boats out there looking good

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    Good eye Ben, cedar it is. Cedar is a good choice for cabin tops, especially if they are covered with canvas or something else, because of its light weight and the cabin top isn’t a high traffic area.

    Made a down payment on varnish yesterday.

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    Like they all said!
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    Thanks for the encouragement everyone, I’m still in see every flaw mode so it’s appreciated. Truth be told I’ve been feeling a bit of two-footitis when every cruising boat we run into out and about is some immaculate 40 footer with every amenity possible. But we’re rocking the cheap and cheerful, so there is that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite View Post
    What's shocking about this thread is how much JJ gets done. I s'pose if we talked less and worked more, there'd be a lot more old wood boats out there looking good
    You mean you don’t just go down to the boat and mess around for a couple hours in the afternoon? I thought everyone did that considering some of the nice boats I’ve seen here.
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    If it is immaculate it is soulless. Amazon is far from soulless but shines with a well earned patina.
    Steamboat

    I get by with the judicious use of serendipity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    You mean you don’t just go down to the boat and mess around for a couple hours in the afternoon?
    In fact, I do. But in the amount of time I take to install a vhf, you replace the stem

    I remember seeing Emalu on Lady Ben for quite a while. She's probably still there, in fact ... What you've done to her is superlative. It's kind of an inspiration .... grazie

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstevens View Post
    Beautiful! That has to feel good.
    I’m starting to feel better about it. As you are well aware, working on old boats while they are in the water adds an extra layer of questions and complexity. The entire inside of the pilot house needs to be stripped and varnished but that’s not really practical when the boat needs to stay in service at the same time. So where do you stop? I went down yesterday and also hit the bottom rail of the windshield and helm station with varnish, which I think is a better stopping point than just the dash. I don’t really want it to look like a car with just one fender polished, or only the front wheels. The other big challenge is working without shore power and dealing with the dust. At home I’d just fire up the shop vac to get all the nooks and crannies. I don’t have a cordless vaccum so that option is out. But careful sweeping, followed with a tack cloth can get most of it.

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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Keep chipping away at it....looks great!

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    Jim , just think how far you have got with all the repairs! You are doing great! Someday this boat will look brand new .....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    I don’t have a cordless vaccum so that option is out.
    I picked up a battery-powered Dirt Devil at Target for $20 (including tax). It wasn't what you'd call powerful and something went goofus with the charging system after about six months but I felt it was worth it. Sweeping just doesn't get the dust up the way a vacuum cleaner does.

    And I'll admit, I abused it. Stripped fifty years of paint off the forward ten feet of the cabin and vacuumed it all up with that thing before something electronic kacked. Well worth the $20, no complaints.
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    If you dont hear from me for a few days its because this thread has consumed me....Boat looks amazing, excited to see how it got this point, cheers

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    We were messing around down at the boat today and made a walk around video. Hopefully you all will find it interesting.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m5Jfs-fOE_w
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    That's so cool, I've been out for a little voyage on your beautiful boat. Thanks! She's looking amazing 😀.

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    Thank you - that was great!
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    Very nice boat, perfect size too.
    From the pictures I couldn't get the feel for the size of the boat. The video really shows the size and kind of put everything toghether for me.
    I was looking at the motor isolation (?) Need that for my little boat.
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    Thanks guys, glad you liked it.
    -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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    Me too. Thanks for the tour. Nice video. Great job!
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    A bit of trim work yesterday.

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    Ring nails, if that’s not making a statement then I don’t know what is.

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    Think I’ll order some more copper sheet to make a little hatch cover for that hole.
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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Nice! I wondered what the future held for that

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    That's going to look nice when you're finished. I would have never thought copper sheet though. Nice choice.
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    Today I actually sat down and went through the log book. Between June 23rd and today I’ve put 53.25 hours on the motor in run time, and burned 25 gallons of fuel, while covering around 300 miles. That’s not too bad.
    -Jim

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    good you're out there doing it Jim!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    Between June 23rd and today I’ve put 53.25 hours on the motor in run time, and burned 25 gallons of fuel, while covering around 300 miles.
    Bah. I could burn 150 gallons in the same amount of time, at the same speed

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    1/2 gal. per hour and 12 MPG? That's fantastic. I think that's also the difference between a modern engine & old tech like a Jimmie.
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    Well, in the case of Amazon vs. Favorite I suspect it's the difference of 20,000 lbs of displacement or so. That tug boat is stout. But yeah, 1/2 gal per hour at 6 knots is really nice.

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    Looking great! Thanks for sharing.

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    Awesome little video Jim, so nice to get a better feeling for the boat! And these landscapes, they get me time and time again, they are absolutely stunning!!!
    fair winds, Dody
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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite View Post
    Bah. I could burn 150 gallons in the same amount of time, at the same speed
    Well, if it's a contest, I could bump it up to WOT and burn 3 gallons and hour gain an extra mph or two. But it's probably best to just declare you the winner instead.

    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    1/2 gal. per hour and 12 MPG? That's fantastic. I think that's also the difference between a modern engine & old tech like a Jimmie.
    I'm pretty pleased with it, sometimes the slow boat can drag on a bit. But if it's a choice between going slow or staying home because we can't afford to run the boat whenever we want, I'll take the slow option.

    Quote Originally Posted by cstevens View Post
    Well, in the case of Amazon vs. Favorite I suspect it's the difference of 20,000 lbs of displacement or so. That tug boat is stout. But yeah, 1/2 gal per hour at 6 knots is really nice.
    That would do it.
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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Iglo View Post
    Looking great! Thanks for sharing.
    You bet, welcome aboard.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dody View Post
    Awesome little video Jim, so nice to get a better feeling for the boat! And these landscapes, they get me time and time again, they are absolutely stunning!!!
    Glad you liked it Dody. Here are a couple more scenery pictures for you.

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    We we ran down to Sweetheart Creek this weekend, which is a personal use net fishery for sockeye salmon. It’s a pretty spot, no doubt about that.

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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Wow. Jim, I live around some of the best cruising country in the world down here and even so I'm jealous of the places you get to go. I'm going to have to get up there soon!

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    Well, I did something stupid this weekend and learned a few things as a result. A couple buddies and I decided to go to Sweetheart Creek for the weekend and do some fishing. So on Saturday we headed down there, anchored up, and put the dingy in the water. We decided it would be best to only have two of us in the dingy at once and I rowed one of my buddies into shore. It was a big tide weekend, which means there was a strong current flowing through the anchorage, but we made it to shore without incident and I rowed back out to the boat to retrieve my other friend.

    The anchorage at Sweetheart Creek is a basin at the end of a long bay, the current hits the end of the bay there and then swirls around into the anchorage. This meant the current was actually pushing me fairly hard towards the boat on my return trip. As I was rowing out, I briefly considered rowing around the boat and approaching from the stern (this is what I should have done). But instead of that I ended up approaching Amazon from the starboard bow. Which should have been fine, just needed to catch Amazon’s bow and then walk the dingy down to the stern, where my friend could get in.

    Well I missed, and in doing so my momentum and the current swung the dingy around. At this point I was rapidly approaching the stern of the and as the dingy was swinging around I made one last grab for Amazon, at which point I rolled the dingy completely over.

    That was bracing. I did do one thing right, I had my life jacket on. I had also rigged a stirrup just above the waterline off the starboard stern cleat that I thought might be handy for getting in or out of the dingy. Fortunately for me that stirrup was in the perfect location for me to get a hand on it. I also managed to get a foot and then a hand hooked under the rail of my now upside down dingy.
    -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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