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  1. #4236
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    Default Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    Hello Jim,

    We've followed your thread since we joined this forum a few years ago. . . and we usually don't get emotional on any forum thread - however, your family photos on post 4226 brought a happy tear to my eyes as the memories of my family at that age, aboard our sailboat s/v Valkyrie at Catalina Island came to mind.

    You are without a doubt a very fortunate man - enjoy your boat and your family as much as you can. Take it from a 76 year old. . . savior those moments - they get less and less as the years go by.

    Stay safe, stay healthy,

    J.
    "Ships are the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made." Robert N. Rose

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    It's great to hear from you and see that things are well.
    I have been wondering if you might pop in for an update.

  3. #4238
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    Happy Spring Jim! Nice to see Amazon and your family doing so well. I guess it's time I came out of hibernation too.
    - Chris

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

    Life is short. Go boating now!

  4. #4239
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    It really did feel like hibernation too, didn’t it. Until this last month I really haven’t felt like doing anything boat related. Winter was hard on Amazon since I left her in the water all year and made the mistake of not covering her. Being exposed to the winter weather showed me all the mistakes I made. So I’ve spent a couple weeks fixing deck leaks and varnish, generally cleaning, and airing/drying out the boat. There’s still some painting to do and a couple odds and ends to fix but for most part the boat is back in fighting form.
    -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.

  5. #4240
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    Yes, definitely. This year has been slow to get started. Good to hear that Amazon is getting ready for summer though.
    - Chris

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

    Life is short. Go boating now!

  6. #4241
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    We swapped out dinghies on Amazon today.

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    I think that’s going to work just fine.
    -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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    Looks like it was made to fit....oh yeah....it was

  8. #4243
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    Perfect!
    - Chris

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

    Life is short. Go boating now!

  9. #4244
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    I really like how you kept Amazon in traditional colors, but had fun with the dinghy. Excellent!
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

  10. #4245
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    When my dad first saw it he said, oh good you went with traditional colors.

    His dad went with red and yellow on the kids dingy too. Don’t want to lose track of them.
    -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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    Good to see you back and all the family well
    I once thought I was wrong, but I was wrong, I wasn't wrong.

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    she looks great.

  13. #4248
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    Hi everyone, it’s been a while. After leaving Amazon in the harbor over the winter last year, I decided that it would be better for the boat to be hauled out instead of repeating that again this year. During this last summer I expanded the parking pad where we parked the boat and now that Amazon is home I’ve started on BoatTent 4.0.

    As it goes, I gave away all of the good pieces of the old boat tent this year so I’m pretty much starting from scratch. This left me a bit stumped at first and I was dithering about the dimensions, when it dawned on me that I should really go back to check this thread and remind myself of what I did last time. I’m really glad I did or I would have shorted myself a couple feet in width since I misremembered how wide the first one was. I was thinking I would make the new tent 14 feet wide, but it turns out it was 16 feet wide the last go around. That 16 feet wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either, fourteen feet would definitely have been too narrow. So, sixteen it is. The other thing I learned/remembered, was Pat Ford telling me not to short change myself on the height. He was right, the old tent was 14 feet tall and the mast head light was just a couple inches from the top of the tent. Not only did that make it hard to work on the top of the boat, it made it impossible to move the boat without taking the tent down. To fix that the new tent is a full 16 feet tall, which should help quite a bit.

    I’m sticking with the same basic Gothic arch design because it worked very well. The base is going to be fully skirted with T1-11 this time though, this will be a much stronger base and provide a good fie in to the arches.

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    I think that’s a good start.
    -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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    Wow! Any nicer and you have to make it permanent. I have boat shed envy now.
    - 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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    I’m actually thinking about putting doors on it once the rest of the top is up Chris. It’s definitely a step up from prior iterations.
    -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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    Default Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    Now for lights, heating, disco ball ( just kidding about that one )

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    It’s good to hear from you Jim! Been wondering how things have been going for you, your family and Amazon. Glad to see she is still part of the family.

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    Default Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    Is the shed considered a temporary structure for local zoning rules? do you have to take it down for part of the year, or can you leave it up over summer? Will you be taxed on it by the local government?

  19. #4254
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    made something kind of similar this summer Protecting our blueberries.
    Good to see your boat again, new motor and all!! New boat shed looks fantastic!!
    "Little Bear" 1955 Fontana 18' - 1958 Atomic 4
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    Looking good, Jim. That's certainly best for the boat. I've wondered if you ever squeezed her through that tunnel behind your place. Just curious.
    -Dave

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    Some kind of fancy shed! Certainly a lot nicer that what my boat gets.

    Thanks for letting us know what's going on.
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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