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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving. Gwyn did a great job of cooking turkey, dressing, yeast rolls, mashed potates, cranberrys, and pumpkin pie. Our good friend, Mike and our other liveaboards, Susan and John, joined us for a great meal aboard Rapport. We followed up with drinks and cigars. Great time was had by all.

11/28/2010 | Ray
Looks like a grerat time was had by all! (The turkey might disagree, but such is the food chain.

Bulkhead is done.

Well the bulkhead is done just in time for Thanksgiving. Gwyn is cooking for all the live-aboards here at Carter's Cove Marina.

11/25/2010 | Raymond Tougas
The bulkhead looks excellent!

We DO wish that we had celebrated Thanksgiving Day with you guys. However, we DO have some 'war stories' for you about today with family... Glad that we live in a generally peaceful waterway...


Seems that all that Honey Teaking and bulkhead replacement has come back to bite me in the ass, or really in the right wrist. Doctor said that it was the same as having your Achilles tendon repaired and then after 6 weeks running the New York Marathon. Oh well guess I will be taking it easy for a while. Not something I do on a normal basis.

11/19/2010 | karen
So sorry Ron, although I believe you have heard from your wife and I a few times about pushing too hard, take it easy for awhile, put it this way, I guess Gwyn will be cooking for awhile
love ya karen
11/19/2010 | Ron Koris
Na, Just making left-handed chili.
Looking Good

I use a product called Honey Teak on all my exterior wood. It is an acrylic urethane enamel. After stripping the wood I can apply 10 to 12 coats of Honey Teak in one day and it last about 9 years. Tom Fabula with Signature Paints told me that if I scuffed up the surface and applied 2 coats of clear enamel every 2 to 4 years depending on where the boat was that it would last much longer. The new ports from New Found Metals look really good after coating the cabin sides.

11/20/2010 | karen tougas
Beautiful job as always!!!!!
11/21/2010 | Raymond Tougas
That looks gorgeous! I'm thinking of using Honey Teak instead of my Hawaiian Tanning butter next summer!


Seriously though - just awsome!
Boat Souls?

Today I had proof that boats do have souls. I always felt that something as pretty as a boat had to have a soul. Today I have proof. In replacing our rotted out bulkhead Gwyn was varnishing the trim pieces that I had removed from the old bulkhead. On Sunday she had these pieces out on the back of the oyster house here at the marina. They were on a flat board and we did not think that the strong NW wind would be a problem, but we were wrong. Gwyn called me as I was heading into town when she found the trim pieces all over the back deck, lawn and water. She was still missing one piece. I turned around and helped her look for this. Our problem was that we are located next to a oyster processing house and a commercial shipyard. I took the dinghy out for three days trying to locate this trim piece with no luck. We have had a strong N - NW breeze blowing for several days and I felt that this small piece of teak trim was now floating across the creek somewhere.

I have been working on a new trim piece but have had trouble getting the curve right and did not want to keep running a good piece of teak. Today we had a high NE tide and I (this is the strange part) felt a strong need to go out to look for this piece of trim again. There was a very high tide and I felt that I could get closer to shore to look for it. After a few minutes looking there in the water just at the point of Ampro Shipyard was our little piece of teak trim. At this time I knew that Rapport had been sending me a message to go look one last time. So anybody tells you that your boat does not have a soul, tell them that they are full of crap!

Back to Work.

Well the cast is off the wrist and it is time to get back to working on the boat. We decided that we would not set off this year as I am looking at surgery on my left wrist too. So after replacing all of our leaking ports with new ones from New Found Metals it was time to replace that rotted out bulkhead. With help from Dave at Calico Jack's the new bulkhead went in in about four hours. I will finish up in the next few days. After that I will be Honey Teaking the outside cabin sides. Then re-caulking the teak decks and building cabinets where I removed one of the pilot berths.

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