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Reply to Paul
Jonathan Greenwood
01/04/2012, Tunisia

Construction Plan is copyright protected and used courtesy of MIT Museum.

Paul, the gestation period for this restoration will run to term at 12 months and we are aiming to be out of nappies/diapers by the end of May 2013 since our first race will be at Les Voiles d'Antibes early in June.
We aim to have the structure finished by end of June. Next month we will begin spar construction, and also repairs to the interior bulkheads and furniture so that before decking, everything is ready to fit without holding up the work. I think that September/October will be manic months as all will start to come together rapidly and we will probably be fitting the engine, plumbing, electricity etc. I would hope to launch and step the rig in December and do a sea trial prior to delivery to France sometime mid-January. We have an average of 8 chippies on the boat, sometimes 10 on a good day. We also have the possibility of hiring more at any time should the need arise. Unemployment is high here and they are crying out for jobs.
As to the budget, it is sufficient, set in stone, non negotiable, doesn't grow on trees and private!
As for finding time for this, it's easy. This is the only country I have ever visited that didn't have an Irish Pub so I don't get out much!

Jono.


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03/04/2012 | Craig McGowan
Hi Jono,
I agree the blog is great. Without sounding too anal it is also useful from an insurance point of view as I can show underwriters the extent of the work and the level of care and expertise provided. Incidentally, my brother could probably make use of the carpenters as he is project manager for building the new J Class over the coming year!
Reply to David
Jonathan Greenwood
01/04/2012, Tunisia

David, thanks for your comments and question. Rowdy may seem to tend more to racing but this is just an illusion. She has a beautiful mahogany interior stretching from the companionway to the bow, and can accommodate 8 people in lovely period surroundings. Solid bronze pumps, brass lamps and Victorian upholstery complete the feel. You are right about the lack of a shower, but she does have a small stove which is housed under the chopping board to the right of the sink. This was necessary as space is very limited in the galley.
My plan for Chinook is to take the original layout and tweak it in order to fit everything in so that she will be just as comfortable a cruising boat as she will be fast as a racing boat. My study of the original interior leads me to think that I can achieve this without any major modifications to the layout. I intend to provide close to 500 litres of fresh water tankage, 100 litres of black water and 100 litres of grey water, hot and cold pressurised water, separate shower cubicle, spacious galley with fridge, freezer and 3 burner stove with oven, owners cabin with double berth, commode and wash basin, spacious bathroom etc etc. In other words, all that you would expect to find in an NCB! However the difficulty is in the weight distribution, but this is easier to plan for as we are starting from scratch. There will be 300 kilos of machinery under the companionway and I am hoping that clever positioning of the new equipment will allow me to offset this in some fashion. It can and will never be perfect as this boat was designed without an engine.

Jono

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02/04/2012 | David
Hi Jono, Thanks for the reply. Rowdy certainly is immaculately presented; the nav station is a work-of-art! Would you take a payment plan of nothing down and nothing to pay for a very very very long time!
This is a bit off (Chinook) topic; you mentioned a few posts ago that someone was varnishing Rowdy - what is the maintenance regime for the varnish under the Med. sun. It's great you will be able to get the modern systems to work in Chinook. The purists might moan but I think if the ownership of an classic yacht can be made - by sympathetic hands - to be enjoyed and sailed more using modern fittings - that can only be a good thing. Regards David
02/04/2012 | Jonathan Greenwood
Sorry David, paying with peanuts will generally get you monkeys! For the varnish, 15 coats minimum for a seasons protection in the Med sunshine. We work to 20+ and even then, some parts need re-coating during the season.
Days 59 60
Jonathan Greenwood
31/03/2012, Tunisia

We arrive at the end of the third month of the restoration in pretty good shape. The rebuild of the structure is progressing well, and each new problem encountered has been solved to the best of our abilities. Believe me, I will have a large bald patch by the end of this due to the excessive amount of head scratching going on! I am also doing my best to keep up the regular posts, but this is becoming increasingly difficult as I have just about photographed everything there is to photograph and am having trouble finding new topics to write about. Perhaps you can help me by asking intelligent questions, to which I could post replies.
I have been doing a lot of drawing this past week and gradually the picture of the interior is taking shape. It has been said in the past that this design was roomy for cruising. That may have been true in 1916 but today, we must incorporate a lot of stuff that didn't exist back then, and believe me, there is not that much room at all! I remain confident that the interior will be very close to the original layout and the modernisations will all be cleverly hidden, hopefully to the delight of the purists. That said, you can't please all of the people all of the time, but we will do our very best.

Jono

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31/03/2012 | David
Hi Jono, fascinating watching the work you guys are doing, I saw Chinook for sale on sandeman last year and started dreaming. Looking at the pics of Rowdy on sandeman it seems to be more tuned to racing (no cooker, shower - from what I can see anyway). Are you doing the same with Chinook? You've mentioned all the modern equipment going in and I wondered if you’re going for more of the cruiser.

01/04/2012 | Paul Ó Riain
Hi Jono,

I for one am really enjoying the blog and think you're doing a super job, good on you. To be honest I don't know where you are getting the time. So questions..... What's the build schedule, how long and what will happen and when..? it's like watching a pregnancy for boys/ re-birth, we get to see how it is all made.
How many people have you working on the project?
What's the budget... is that allowed to be asked?

Paul
Day 58
Jonathan Greenwood
28/03/2012, Tunisia

It's always great to meet new people, passionate about what they do for a living, and this blog is a great way to make these kind of aquaintences. One of my new found friends is Jim Reineck who has a company in the US making all sorts of bronze castings to the original Herreshoff plans and who, in the past, has been a valuable resource in the restoration of Marilee, Rowdy, and more recently Spartan, not to mention a host of smaller Herreshoff designs. He will also be a mine of information for the Chinook project and I can't wait to see the pieces attached to the boat. We were discussing the bow chocks (fairleads) today. Check ours out-they are the real thing!
Have a look at his work at the link on the right.

Jono

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Day 57
Jonathan Greenwood
27/03/2012, Tunisia

Sorry about the lapse in regular posts but I have a really good excuse! Saturday morning I bent down to get something out of a cupboard and seized my back up. An old injury that comes back to haunt me once in a while. As a result, I have been feeling a little low these last few days and have spent many hours staring at the ceiling! But don't worry, I am back on the job, albeit a little bent out of shape.
As you will see from the pictures, things are going well on board Chinook. We have 16 pairs of frames built and over half are fitted to the boat. There are also at least as many deck beams, who will increase and multiply when we cut out the middle bits in way of the cockpit. These off-cuts will move forward to the bow area where the deck is narrow and start their new life as deck beams in their own right.
I am more or less confined to the office, although I do, every now and then, hobble around the workshop wondering when I will get to do some real work again! Having reached the end of my capabilities of designing on the computer, I have supplied my self with the drawing tools to do it manually. I'm sure Cap'n Nat would approve. Being basically computer illiterate when it comes to using design programs, I will endeavour to draw the bits and pieces that I need to have made, and this will include such things as tanks, interior layouts, mounting brackets, etc etc.

Jono

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27/03/2012 | Tim Greenwood
Welcome back Jono. Sounds like Chinook isn't alone in requiring repairs to it's frame. Glad you're back on your feet again. Excuse the puns!
27/03/2012 | Jonathan Greenwood
Thanks Tim.
Day 53
Jonathan Greenwood
22/03/2012, Tunisia

Like every self-respecting manager/skipper of a finely tuned racing yacht, I am keenly aware of the weight issue and have decided to take important steps to ensure that on the morning of each race, Chinook is properly prepared to do battle, knowing that nothing has been left to chance. By providing the crew with pleasing period surroundings and impeccable turn of the century furnishings to allow them to more easily lose those excess pre-race kilos, I hope to achieve perfection in classic yacht fine tuning. The picture will give you an idea of what I have in mind and though we will be installing some small bronze fittings (eg: a Wilcox & Crittenden "Senior" Head) for the above reasons, I firmly believe that we will be just that little bit lighter come the starting signal!

Jono.

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Day 52
Jonathan Greenwood
21/03/2012, Tunisia

Chinook has a great "Shipmate" stainless steel, kerosene, 3 burner stove with oven which I believe can be converted to propane or butane gas. I have heard that it is an expensive operation, though I would like to try to keep it, so if anyone out there knows about this, let me know.
I had another run in with the customs today, just a small matter of over staying my welcome! Should be sorted tomorrow when I return to see them with a few Dinars.
I have been bouncing around the workshop like a pinball today. So much stuff is swimming around in my head, and I am impatient to see real progress on my side of the project. I tend to prefer the hands on work than the office stuff as you can see the results immediately, so I repaired all the door hinges and even managed to turn up a new bronze knobbly bit that was missing from one of them on my mini lathe. I then started to polish the said knobbly bit when it took off across the workshop at mach 2 closely followed by my curse. Allah smiled and I found it in less than 2 minutes. All in all a very satisfying half hour and then back to the office.

Jono

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12/09/2014 | Ed Hussey
were you able to transform the stove to propane ? I have the same and would like to make the change also from Kerosene to Propane
16/09/2014 | Jonathan Greenwood
Hi Ed, I decided to keep the stove as original since the transformation was far too expensive and anyhow it works really well as it is.
Day 51
Jonathan Greenwood
20/03/2012, Tunisia

We now have 6 deck beams fitted, 4 pairs of frames fitted, the horn timber and the greater part of the tramsom structure renewed. There are also at least another 6 pairs of frames awaiting fitting so all in all we seem to be making headway. There are plenty of little problems encountered along the way to keep us thinking and I would hope that by month's end 90% of the after structure will have been replaced. It is with much disapointment that we have found so much rot, corrosion and completely unuseable parts of the original boat. I had hoped to be able to conserve a bit more, but this is not to be. On the up side, the original interior and fittings are all salvageable and this coupled with the keel, deadwood, and various deck gear will keep her soul intact.
Tuesday is Independance Day here in Tunisia so I will be spending the day at home doing office work. I will try to think of something to post tomorrow.

Jono

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Day 50
Jonathan Greenwood
18/03/2012, Tunisia

Chinook has decided that things are not advancing fast enough and started giving us a hand on Friday. In a moment of comparative calm in the workshop, there was suddenly an almighty crash, the noise echoing off the walls of the building, and scaring the living daylights out of everyone! Chinook shed a plank, all by herself, without any assistance from anyone bar perhaps Allah! Proof enough that the fasteners all need renewing and that this rebuild is a stitch in time.
Sandra completed her first week here and has made great inroads into the cataloguing of the various hardware we can re use. She has now returned to France to continue with the work on Rowdy which we hope to finish by the end of April.

Jono

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Days 48 49
Jonathan Greenwood
15/03/2012, Tunisia

Sorting, counting, measuring, cursing, estimating, inventorying, climbing, drinking, (coffee that is), talking, cutting, sawing, breathing, laughing, writing, calculating, guessing, crying, discussing, cussing, (again), smoking, worrying, thinking, (of) eating, emailing, phoning, stressing, listing, examining, dimensioning, watching, drilling, unscrewing, hammering, listening, planing, glueing, looking, washing, dreaming, annoying?.................. What the hell, isn't it lunch time yet?

Jono.

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16/03/2012 | Craig
Careful how and where you stub the ciggies out! At leats Rowdy made it onto the water before the claims started coming in!
18/03/2012 | Paul Ó Riain
You wouldn't have it any other way Jono. Looks like fun.
20/03/2012 | Jonathan Greenwood
No smoking in the shed, so no worries there, Craig, however I'm thinking of putting in a claim for that plank that fell off!
20/03/2012 | Jonathan Greenwood
I suppose not, Paul. I must look up the official definition of FUN!
22/03/2012 | Paul Ó Riain
Well I'm enjoying following the blog if that's any consolation. Paul

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