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  1. #2766
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    One last logging story and then I'm done, I promise.

    It’s funny, the stories that last and stick in the brain aren’t all the days when everything went right, when the sun was shining, it was cool in the woods and the dust was low, although those were the best days. I loved being out in the woods winding up some haul road in the early morning with the sun coming up through the trees and friendly chatter coming over the radio mixed in with trucks calling out the markers so as not to run into each other unexpectedly on the single lane roads.

    No, it’s the days when it went wrong, when there was high excitement or just a lot of sweat and cursing that end up turning into stories. My dad’s cousin was moving a yarder into a new side with the lowboy trailer. Rocko started in the woods on a two man saw and there wasn’t a job that he couldn’t do but there wasn’t a lot of finesse in him either. Now yarders are big machines, for anyone who doesn’t know, they are big folding towers on tracks with all sorts of cables and wires. Not machines you see a lot of anymore but I worked a couple jobs with them. They are used on steep hilly ground to bring logs to the landing so they can be loaded on trucks and they are heavy. This one weighed in at around a hundred and five thousand pounds.

    Anyway, Rocko is coming in off the two lane black top which runs along a farmer’s field which is also bordered by the haul road. The corner onto the haul road is tight, too tight for the lowboy, and as he’s trying to get the trailer around the inside tires drop off the road. With that much weight the trailer was almost instantly buried up to the axles and stuck fast. The only way to get unstuck at this point is to unload the yarder. Now he can’t unload it on the road side without destroying the black top, so he does the only thing he can and walks it off the side of the trailer into the field, catching the barbwire fence as he does it and making a hell of a mess.

    Just as he’s in the middle of all this, the farmer pulls up in his pickup. Rocko sees him and stops to talk. The poor farmer gets out, and just kind of stands there gaping and speechless. Finally he manages to blurt out, “You damned loggers! You ruin everything!”
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    -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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    You damn loggers! Please continue with your stories - they're great!

    A man I knew from northern Maine had one of the first (humongous - by eastern standards - probably 50K lbs.) whole tree harvesters. For those unfamiliar - it clamps onto the tree, cuts it off at the base, lays it down, strips off the branches & then cuts the tree into logs - all run by one person. These trees aren't western in size - but will run 2-3' diameter at the base & 100' tall.

    A thing about logging "stories" is that the ones that have the biggest issues usually start with "Don't go in there".

    Anyway, Blaine's man took the harvester into a low spot & got it buried in mud. Blaine called in 2 D9 Cat dozers - no go. Finally got 4 in & they got it out.

    Blaine's comment" "You wanna see money flying out of your wallet, do this. $1,500/hr lost time for the harvester., $500/hr each for the dozers - for a whole day." Tough stuff for a 4 man outfit.

    OK - I'll let you get back to filters now...
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    That’s logging!

    We generally had what we called feller/bunchers on most jobs (harvesters) since we were cutting second or third growth. The cutters (a guy with a saw) only came in for the big stuff. It’s very mechanized now.

    My wife told me that the last story I shared was only funny if you were a logger.

    So I now apologize to all of you who aren’t loggers.
    -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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    Loggers sure have changed from when I set beads in the Queen Charlottes in the late 60s. I was a chokerman on a high lead show. A few years back, while hunting we come apon a feller/buncher . It was run by a pretty young thing, maybe 17 or 18 . She wasn't very big either.

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    There’s a change for the better.
    -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, the paint is dry. I can start putting things together in earnest.

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    Between the filters and the selector switch it is hard piped. Tank to filters and the return will be hose so that the filter board can be dismounted and moved as the need arises without disconnecting everything.

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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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    Jim, I think it looks really great. Except... how accessible will those connections be from behind that panel? Can you get at them easily after it's installed? I hate the idea of hiding any hose or pipe connection.

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    The back of the panel will be accessible from the engine compartment without too much trouble. On top of that the panel will be secured with a couple big wing nuts and easy to move.
    -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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    I run a small electric lift pump, but found out the hard way that it didn't like sucking on the fine filters.
    The next one I bought, I installed on the inlet side of the filters with a roughing filter to protect the pump.
    The injector pump runs a lot quieter with pressurised supply, which is a bonus.

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    Just need some quick disconnect fuel fittings and you can snatch that fuel board out in less than a minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    The back of the panel will be accessible from the engine compartment without too much trouble. On top of that the panel will be secured with a couple big wing nuts and easy to move.
    Ok then! Carry on.

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    -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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    Now that's just too bloody nice Actually you'll thank yourself down the road when you find these don't fade or fall off like the ubiquitous Dymo tape labels or felt pen.

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    I almost went with black sharpie marker. It was tempting.
    -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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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    I almost went with black sharpie marker. It was tempting.
    That woulda been much nicer than the hand stamped copper.... Not!!
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    So do you run the filters in series, or is it one filter per tank?
    There's the plan, then there's what actually happens.

    Ben Sebens, RN

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    One per tank plus the last chance filter on the motor, Ben.
    -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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    This has certainly been a wonderful thread! Let's hear it for that Harbour Master!

    (Oh, and the poor schnook whose life he co-opted!!)





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    It's all about the details.

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    From the measure, cut, measure again department; I’ve been working on getting my filter board mounted in the boat.

    To that end, I cut a mounting bracket to screw to the bottom of the forward hatch deck beam.

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    Which fit just fine.

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    Unfortunately, the floor must have relocated itself because it was inconveniently in the way of the filters when I tried to put them in their place. Fortunately the filters were quite happy the move up a couple inches so as not to crowd that mischievous floor.

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    -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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    -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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    Very nice!

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    I hate it when floors move. Almost as bad as trees jumping out in front of the car.
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    You’ve got to keep your eye on them. Constantly.
    -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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    Three dimensional thinking, it killed Khan. (Sorry,
    Star Trek, The Wrath of Khan, if you don't know)

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    Looks great Jim, good access. I'd be interested in seeing a sketch of your fuel line / filter routing... If you can be bothered.

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    The latest issue of WoodenBoat arrived today and, like always, I first turned to the back to see the Save a Classic. This month is a 1937 Elco Cruisette which reminded me of your boat.
    For a fleeting moment, I said "Hmm...I wonder..."
    My wife must have seen the gleam in my eye and said, "Whatever you're looking at, the answer is NO!"
    So, my fantasy must be lived out through your fine restoration.
    Carry on!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    i do the same thing and had the same thought. doesn't sound like it needs much work and sure is beautiful.

    jim

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    Yep - always the first thing I turn to as well.
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Just finished reading your log. It was/is a wonderful journey. I respect your your persistence, craftsmanship and your love for this boat.
    All the best.
    T.
    Every time you say the word "just", you've just doubled my work.(me)

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