Here is a better view of the rubber tire I installed on Dead Ahead's trailer tongue. Like many good ideas, it was given to me by some one else, and it simplifies launching and retrieving quite a bit, particularly the latter.
Home for the winterMarty
I got in a good amount of sailing this year, all of it local. I was able to work on sail trim, tacks and jibes, all the basics, plus the asym. My new Speed Puck gave good feedback on what was "better".
A Decent MorningMarty
International 110 #496, on the mooring, and at rest between excursions. Nice day, but not much wind. It's pretty much been raining since I took this picture, so I've been looking at the hourly forecasts, to find a "window" in which to sail.
Off to the MooringMarty
Finally! Here goes International 110 #496, off to get launched and hung on her mooring. It rained hard most of the day, but no matter, I was in the water anyway.
The saying goes something like "if anyone ever saw how they make sausage, no one would ever eat sausage". With that in mind, here's a pic of the elbow plug for the spin launcher, down the line far enough so it has some character, but still wicked ugly. Wicked.
"Dead Ahead" gets keel paintMarty
#496's keel is done, done, done; it got paint yesterday. When I can get the spinnaker launch system into her, and a little more water in the lake, into the water she goes.
"Paint it Black" gets new paintMarty
International 110 #11 shows the first coat of her new paint; not black, true, but not white, either!
Spin Launcher ElbowMarty
Horizontal space is getting scarce, lots of projects going on. Here is a start for the plugs to make the spin launcher elbow molds, amidst a bunch of other stuff. I have wanted to make molds for this for quite a while, and for some unknown reason, today I started. It needs to get cut down some more, rounded some, then some cheap microballoons and polyester, and then cut into halves. Also, I should probably mark it with something like "this end up", 'cause it's already sitting in the wrong orientation. Hate that.
Number 11 gets some PaintMarty
So, finally, International 110 #11 gets primed; now, two topcoats, and then reassembly.
Number 11 in the boothMarty
International 110 #11 is off her trailer, and supported by cross beams on blocks, so that I can flip it over if I need to. It took a bit of crisscrossing of the yard with the snowblower to rediscover where it was that I put these beams last fall; I was glad I had a snowblower!
New Skill DayMarty
Today is "practice using the router day", step .001 in putting the Super Suck bailers into International 110 #11. I'm practicing with one of the Elvstroms I had hanging around in the spares box, and "installed" it into a piece of scrap ply. It came out ok, height-wise, it fits the hole pretty well, but the corners are crappy. Gotta try a smaller OD router bit for the corners, I guess, but the rest of it looks ok. Tomorrow morning, in she goes.
Number 11 comes in for PaintMarty
I swapped some boats around, drove the ForeRunner down into the back yard, and pulled out International 110 #11, to come into the painting/grinding booth for a paint job. Well, a little sanding, and a paint job. No, a bit of goop, some sanding, a couple of Super Suck Bailers... Oh, geez... Yeah, that's it, some goop, some sanding, then the paint, but better put in the bailers before the paint, I guess.
110 Night VisionMarty
I snapped this on the way out to work this morning (it was, like, real early). Behind the snow blower is the overflow of International 110's, supporting the concept that no matter how much interior space you have, the volume of boats on site will exceed it by some amount over time.
496 Keel Repair (cont.)Marty
I have the new trailing edge of the keel in place here, attached on each side by 2 layers of carbon tape at 90 degrees to each other. It will take one more layer, and then fairing with thickened epoxy afterwards, but the piece is properly aligned and meets legal dimensions. It's looking good so far!
International 110 #496 - keel repairMarty
The cast iron keel on 496 needs repair. The trailing edge of its web, which had lost some material to rust, had already been repaired once, using a filler which didn't stand up to the good knocking it got when I tried to trailer-launch with the trailer's removable crosspiece still in place. Hmmm...
Project Boat from CTMarty
This boat came from Scituate, some years ago, to the back yard of a fellow traveler, where it sat for a long while, until last Thursday. It really needed to go somewhere, so I did take it. Now, I've got to find a home for it, 'cause it just can't stay here!
Getting boats ready for the 2013 season, here is International 110 #496 getting ready to have her paint touched up.
My schedule is mine, again, and I am back to being able to do what I want. That puts me in the shop, but nothing to show as yet, so here's an oldie. This is 110 number 496, back last summer, getting some of its detailing applied.
Got another boat last week. This time, it's a Turnabout; small, easy to launch and sail, lying there on the floor under the 110.
End of the seasonMarty
A September photo in Maine, taken with the cellphone: 496 on the mooring ball. She's back in the yard now.
Prepping for the NationalsMarty
I took 2 boats down to Mass., for the International 110 Nationals (250 miles, x 4), and I was a little apprehensive about having some sort of trouble while on the road. I made it a point to be sure that there were spare tires and parts for the trailers, and here I am in process of replacing the bearings on 684's trailer, before the trip. As it ended up, I got both boats down and back with no damage or difficulty.
496 in GloucesterMarty
I pulled 496 out of the lake yesterday, and put her back in line to get ready for next year. I'm working up the schedule, but it's a little bit of a sad day.
496 in Sebec LakeMarty
So, International 110 number 496, in its new home on the mooring at Sebec Lake. Phil and Dave did not crash, smash, scrape, or sink it, in the Nationals, so it lives to float again. Yea!
684 at the NationalsMarty
Sam and Mike, on number 684, sailing out for the Tuneup race of the 2012 International 110 Nationals, which were hosted by Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, MA.
496 at the NationalsMarty
Dave and Phil, driving number 496 at the 2012 Nationals. They came out with their own sails, from Inverness's Fleet 56 in California, and did a lot of great work to get "Dead Ahead" to this point. Thanks, guys!
Before the CrashMarty
Here's a picture of International 110 #496, which I took before it gets all messed up. Before the crash into the dock. Before the bow-to-stern scrape. Even a little before it gets all, completely, totally put back together, and before whatever else awaits it.
Not this yearMarty
This is International 110 #11, back out into the sun and getting ready for paint, and all the rest. I washed it down this morning, and saw that there is more left to do than I remembered (boo). I'm thinking 11 doesn't make it to the Nationals this year.
Boats for the NationalsMarty
I was hoping to have 3+ boats ready for this year's Nationals, but it might be just these two - 714 (foreground) and 496, in the back. Number 714 is getting some new ribs and stringers, 496 is getting put back together after paint, etc, etc.
International 110 number 496 hangs from the ceiling, sporting her final topcoat. This was my second attempt at achieving a decent finish - the first "final coat" was just crappy, a real disappointment. I had neglected to be systematic in the application - white-on-white makes it tough for me to see where I've been and where I haven't, and there were a lot of misses, where the lightly-scuffed "Topcoat 1" still showed. I let it cure, scuffed it up again, and went about the task in a more orderly fashion.
110 #496 Topcoat 1Marty
Next, 1 more topcoat, apply the "Dead" artwork, then reassemble. International 110 #496 is still in the shop, but it's getting there.
110 #496 Primer Coat(s)Marty
Primer coat number 2
Last Race of the SummerMarty
A photo from the committee boat, of the start of the second race at last September's Sebec Lake Labor Day Regatta. We're on the far right, with the starting line off-camera to the right. We managed a clear-air start, but chose to tack left halfway up the second leg looking for better wind. There wasn't any, and we finished this race 2nd to the cat.
Here's a shot of the warmest spot on this property. Outside, snowing and cold; inside, warm boats. Life is good.
Who created the thickness gauge?Marty
I built a thickness gauge, finally. If you knew me, you'd know there was gonna' be some humor attached to this project of replacing some core on 110 number 714. The problem started out when I opened up the inside laminate above the rust mark, and I didn't see what I expected to see. I started to worry about there being more layers of laminate in there somewhere, above the keel, below the keel, etc. I decided to measure the thickness of the hull at the point of damage, by making some sort of thickness gauge which would give me some more information.
Thickness gauge, in actionMarty
Here's the functional version of the thickness gauge at work, measuring the hull thickness at the rust mark just aft of the keel on 714. I already had removed a sample of the laminate from inside the cockpit above the rust mark, so with the thickness measurement, I could devolve the laminate schedule needed for the repair, and be reasonably sure that I was seeing all there was.
This is the dirty bottom of International 110 #714, a balsa-cored boat used by Anthony & Oakley to walk away with the 2002 Nationals. There were several inches of water in this boat when I bought it, and that rusty crack behind the base of the keel was weeping. I took it anyway, knowing that at some point I would need to address the problem. That begins today.
Shop Status - Another raceMarty
It's a close battle between having a clean shop, and giving shelter to all the stuff which wants/needs to come in. It's not quite a year (7 months, actually) since I convinced the builders to leave, and I still find things easily. If I can't, I stop and clean/put stuff away. Rarely do I ever walk into or trip over something which is in the wrong place, or spend minutes searching for a tool. Allright, the 110 keel which came in for the winter is still in the midle of the floor, and slamming my shin into the bottom pointy end really H-U-R-T-S. Part of every day is working on a boat, and the rest is working on the shop. Fixtures, racks, cradles, spare tire mounts, it all takes time and money. In the photo above, well, some wins and losses. And oh yeah, ouch.
What's going on - 496 in the sanding boothMarty
The boat from Hull is stripped of any stuff which would get in the way of sandpaper, microballoons, and paint. I attack the sanding task in 1~2 hour sessions (I'm old), with a variety of weapons. So far, the contest is about a tie, but I will outlast the bugger, hopefully. The target is for micoballoons after t-day, then sandsandsand.
Labor Day Regatta - again (the cat shot)Marty
Stepping back a bit, to last summer's Labor Day Regatta, here is the cat shot, taken during load-up, before we took the boat over to the lake. My cat truly believes he has some ability to keep the car from leaving with the 110, it's part of his plan to keep us from going away for a few days (he has to stay home by himself). When the black luggage comes out, that's his clue, and he does not care for it.
Roadtrip - No picsMarty
Just got back from a roadtrip, to get the keel for International 110 #3 (!!) back mated up with its hull and rig. The latter were/are down in NH, but I had left the keel in RI until I could get down there with the appropriate trailer in tow. That day was last Saturday, so, despite the weather forcast, Peg and I bundled into the Forerunner for a roadtrip.
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