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Thread: A special thank you for Hawkeye54

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    Default A special thank you for Hawkeye54

    As some of you might know I started a thread in Building and Repair that has been ongoing for a number of years about the construction of a catboat. At any given time there might be a half dozen active participants posting on the thread, coming and going, changing over time, helping to push the narrative along. Beneath the surface, though, is a sea of Lurkers, quietly watching for reasons known only to themselves.

    A few weeks ago I received a PM from a fellow who said that he had been following the thread from the beginning, but had yet to post here on the Forum. He went on to explain how he himself had started a build years ago, but as happens, life got in the way and the project had to be sidelined. He told me that his dad, since passed away, had bought him a bell for his boat. He asked if I would like to have this bell for the catboat. Naturally, I agreed and anxiously awaited its arrival.

    And what a bell! Heavy cast brass and a lovely tone when struck! A most wonderful gift.

    The generous poster's name is Rick, and he goes under the handle, Hawkeye54. I'd like to welcome you. Rick, to the Forum, and thank you for this most generous and thoughtful gift. There will be a front row seats reserved for you...and a guest, on the reviewing stand at the launch.

    Thank you, again, Rick, and I shall make every effort to make the boat worthy of its new bell.

    Jim



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    What a wonderful thing!

    I too have been only a lurker on your thread, but have thoroughly enjoyed it.
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    This is just lovely.

    Just lovely.

    Peace,
    Robert

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    Very cool. It is a marvelous community.
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    Magnificent. Thank you Hawkeye 54. In an important way your gift is not just to Jim but to us all.

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    Most thoughtful and generous of him. That is a very good looking bell. It is a good community we have here.

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    What gracious gestures, on both sides of this transaction.
    Last edited by Skegemog; 03-28-2017 at 12:11 PM.

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    A quality build obviously attracts a quality lurker.

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    Very nice. Well done. And a deserving recipient, too.

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    A princely gift!
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    Welcome too from Australia, as someone said a gift to us all.

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    There are some wonderful people on this forum, Hawkeye 54 has taken his place amongst them.
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    Aw shux. I was waiting for the episode where you break out the furnace and cast the new ship's bell. I guess you saved yourself a step.

    Seriously, what a wonderful and thoughtful gift that will be put to great use!

    Fitz
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    We'll now have to conduct a raging debate on where to mount it. On the mast? On the outside of the cabin bulkhead and, if so, port or starboard? Then of course, what's the use of striking the hourly watch without an hour glass to let you know when to strike it? You'll certainly now need one of those.
    Such momentous decisions come along with this wonderful gift.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    We'll now have to conduct a raging debate on where to mount it. On the mast? On the outside of the cabin bulkhead and, if so, port or starboard? Then of course, what's the use of striking the hourly watch without an hour glass to let you know when to strike it? You'll certainly now need one of those.
    Such momentous decisions come along with this wonderful gift.
    I'm thinking not far from the helm, Rich, in order to be able to signal the watch below when the refreshments need a topping-up. Ding-ding-ding.

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    Jim, and all you folks, thanks for all the kind comments - I am happy that the bell has a good home, and a future afloat...

    Rick

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    Special, beautiful and entirely appropriate. Kudos, Hawkeye.
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