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    Wash, rinse, repeat.



    -Jim

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    So - have you learned how to bung a plank yet? Maybe you need more practice? Maybe I need to slap myself upside the head since you can't reach me from AK?

    Your perseverance is impressive!
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Pre-boat Me circa 2002 (WoodenBoat magazine in hand): Man wooden boats are so Cool! I'm going to build a little sail boat to mess around in and it's going to be great! But man, them big old boats are where it's at! Maybe one day I'll get one and rebuild it.


    Old Boat Me: Stick with the small sailboat kid.


    PB Me: Hey man, why do you have to be so negative?


    OB Me: You know the difference between a big boat project and a little boat project?


    PB Me: No, what?


    OB Me: Nothing, except that all those fun little projects like bunging screws get old real quick because you'll have ten times as much of it to do. Trust me, you'll have much more fun messing around with the small one.


    PB Me: No way, I'll never get tired of working on boats! Besides, I could never afford a big boat that was already fixed up.


    OB Me: Trust me, everyone gets tired of working on boat projects eventually and there are some pretty nice old boats out there for not a lot of money. If you must have one, buy someone else's baby.


    PB Me: But then I won't get the joy and satisfaction of doing it myself.


    OB Me: It's overrated.


    PB Me: You don't know me. Man, you are such a curmudgeon!


    OB Me (with a laugh): Okay, but don't say I didn't warn you.

    And so it goes.
    Last edited by jsjpd1; 08-26-2017 at 01:12 AM.
    -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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    OK...being a small ply & glass boat guy, what are you putting the bungs in with? I haven't done that since I was a kid and we rebuilt our Sea Scout 36 footer.

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    They are set in varnish. I add a little to my mason jar when it gets low. Just a dip of the plug and then knock it home with a mallet.
    -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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    Thanks! I couldn't recall what we used back in the neolithic and I haven't worked on a planked hull since...say about '59?

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    About the grain orientation of those bungs...

    Dude, you are amazing. A. Mazing.

    Peace,
    Robert

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    I look here much more than I post. Awesome work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    Wash, rinse, repeat.
    And, for your further entertainment, this, from Wikipedia:

    In Benjamin Cheever's novel The Plagiarist, a fictional advertising executive increases the sales of his client's shampoo by adding the word "repeat" to its instructions.[2]

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    Good for another sixty years, Jim. Mammoth effort, and beautiful work!

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    absolutely amazing job. after 2 weeks i have caught up. just have to keep checking to get the latest. as an aside, in the late spring of '64 a friend asked if i wanted to to go to alaska. well i figured since they just had an earthquake it would be easy to finds jobs. so i cut a final and we left san antonio in a '50 plymouth station wagon that had a rebuilt engine and 6 tires. we drove up the unpaved alcan hiway to haines junction and caught the ferry to juneau. spent the first few nights in a cabin at mendenhal glacier. finally got jobs as fish and game wardens. spent little time in juneau, but longer in sitka. also a few weeks on a f&g boat checking crrab traps up near glacier bay i think it was. great summer! sure would like to come back. we did right at 10k miles round trip.

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    Slowly working my way down the hull filling holes.

    -Jim

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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Trimmed off all the plugs on the starboard side today.







    For those of you keeping track at home that is 1276 new plugs and screws in the bottom of the boat.

    With that little chore out of the way I figured I should get back to caulking.





    It's a start. Or is that a restart? A continuation of a yet unfinished task?

    It's one of those for sure.
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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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    good to see you back into it!! i can start checking for daily updates again :P

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    For those of you keeping track at home that is 1276 new plugs and screws in the bottom of the boat.
    You actually count them? You are a braver man than I. But then we already knew that.
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    For hugely repetitive tasks like that do you keep up your concentration or do you get into a Zen-like autopilot state?


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    "A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned, for he will be going out on a day he shouldn't. We do be afraid of the sea, and we only be drowned now and again" Aran Islands Fisherman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    You actually count them? You are a braver man than I. But then we already knew that.
    I only count things like that after the fact Garret, counting ahead of time would be too much. It’s like when just starting on a side and you’ve been pounding in or trimming off plugs, you really don’t want to look down the hull to see how much more there is to do.


    Quote Originally Posted by AJZimm View Post
    For hugely repetitive tasks like that do you keep up your concentration or do you get into a Zen-like autopilot state?


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    I wander back and forth between laser like focus and daydreaming about being done with the bottom work. Somewhere in the middle of that I also keep a running conversation with myself trying to think up ways to keep a long, boring, repetitive job like this interesting enough to post on this thread. I may or may not be very successful at that.
    -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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    Good work Jim!
    Having set almost 1100 plugs in my cockpit sole I can partially relate. I must admit though, I didn't have the added joy, pleasure and satisfaction of working over my head like you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post




    I also keep a running conversation with myself trying to think up ways to keep a long, boring, repetitive job like this interesting enough to post on this thread. I may or may not be very successful at that.
    Succeeded with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedL View Post
    Good work Jim!
    Having set almost 1100 plugs in my cockpit sole I can partially relate. I must admit though, I didn't have the added joy, pleasure and satisfaction of working over my head like you.
    That was mean. Funny, but mean

    Also - oh so true...
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    This long cool drink of water emerged from one of the boat houses that the harbor is rebuilding this winter.



    Good looking old boat.

    Meanwhile, back at the boat tent several yards of cotton are slowly disappearing into the bottom of my boat.



    -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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    Looks great as usual Jim! I hope to have some similar photos of Petrel soon. I'm not doing the work myself, but a local shipwright has refastened the garboards now, and will be recaulking the garboard seams this weekend.
    - Chris

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    Great work Jim. Watching quietly here but when i saw that block, with your hammer on it, looking a bit precarious i felt for your safety. Keep on keeping on.

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    Thanks guys, caulking is certainly a lot more work than driving screws and plugging holes but it is satisfying watching the cotton disappear. Lord knows if it will actually keep the water out but here's hoping.
    -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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    Finished up the caulking today and started priming seams.





    Might actually float if the floods come.
    -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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    Launch in a few weeks then? what are you going to do with the rudder?

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    I've been planning on Ospho(to neutralize the rust), paint, and new zincs, Jase.
    -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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    Is there a brass prop under that stuff some place.....Good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olcarguy View Post
    Is there a brass prop under that stuff some place....
    :O. I hope not. (Lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    About the grain orientation of those bungs...

    Dude, you are amazing. A. Mazing.

    Peace,
    Robert
    Back to the Gibbs' bung question which lead to my getting my Laughing Polar Bear cap.

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...37#post2521537

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    Quote Originally Posted by olcarguy;[URL="tel:5342018"
    5342018[/URL]]Is there a brass prop under that stuff some place.....Good job.
    The prop is bronze and aside from needing a few barnacles scraped off is in great shape.
    -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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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    Back to the Gibbs' bung question which lead to my getting my Laughing Polar Bear cap.

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...37#post2521537
    i have always wondered. What is the lpbc?
    love watching your thread Jim!

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    I should probably be applying seam compound to the bottom of the boat or thinking up a witty reply to the bung question but instead I've decided to start on the next phase of deck work. It's good to have a little variety now and then.

    Cut a little plywood.

    IMG_5756.jpg

    IMG_5760.jpg

    Sweep off a couple years worth of dust.

    IMG_5761.jpg

    Smear on some roofing tar.

    IMG_5762.jpg

    IMG_5765.jpg

    And then nail the plywood down.
    -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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    Hey look, progress.

    IMG_5767.jpg

    -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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