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Road Repair
Fri Apr 23 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Cajaíba, Baia de Camamu, Brazil

Road repairs to the cobblestone streets are all done by hand--hard work in the hot, tropical sun.

Fitting the Deck Beams
Thu Apr 22 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Cajaíba, Baia de Camamu, Brazil

Fitting the deck beams on a schooner

Sailing Under the Sun
Wed Apr 21 10:01:00 EDT 2010

I sailed under the sun yesterday, and am now north of where the sun now is, at 12 degrees North. The days are getting measurably longer--not noticeably longer, but as I pay attention to the times of sunset and sunrise, I notice they are about 40 minutes longer. I'm hoping it gets cooler soon, but as long as the wind blows nicely, it is pleasant out here, far from land. Not much out here but birds and a few fish. After catching no fish for two weeks, a fish that must have been big took my lure yesterday. The brake on the fishing reel screeched a few seconds as the fish took off with the lure. Unfortunately, he completely took off with the lure, leaving me with just the line in the water (fortunately I have other lures to use).

After seeing no other vessels for ten days, yesterday a Chinese fishing boat came close yesterday, seeming to be looking for fish (they didn't have any gear out and was following what looked to be a search pattern), and last night a tanker passed. So it's not as quiet here as it would seem from a look at the position.

Thu Apr 22 8:58:31 EDT 2010 | george Ray
Did you see any sign of the Amazon discharge as you sailed by far offshore?
Making Frames for a Schooner
Wed Apr 21 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Cajaíba, Baia de Camamu, Brazil

Hammering the nails into the frames. The nails are about 50cm (18") long, of galvanized steel, and are covered with an oil before use. I understand the oil (I couldn't understand the answer of what kind of oil it is) is for preserving the wood, but probably also makes it easier to drive the nail in.

Making Frames for a Schooner
Tue Apr 20 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Cajaíba, Baia de Camamu, Brazil

On the left of the picture, behind the men, are some completed frames. The pieces of wood that make up the frames are nailed together. It takes two men to hold the drill to bore the holes for the nails, which is what they are doing in this picture.

Notching the Frames of a Small Boat
Mon Apr 19 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Cajaíba, Baia de Camamu, Brazil

Notching the frames of a small boat using a hacksaw (not in this picture) and chisel.

Shaping a Schooner Transom
Sun Apr 18 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Cajaíba, Baia de Camamu, Brazil

Shaping the edge of a (upside-down) schooner transom (the back of the boat).

Sun Apr 18 11:47:22 EDT 2010 | George Ray
Great stuff you are doing, documenting this now rare boatbuilding craft. You might take it to the next level and video some interviews with the craftsmen, builders, designer, operators.
Brazilian Tourist Schooner Repair
Sat Apr 17 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Cajaíba, Baia de Camamu, Brazil

This is a typical Brazilian tourist schooner, about to be worked on.

Making Boards
Fri Apr 16 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Cajaiba, Baia de Camamu, Brazil

To make more useful sizes of boards from the big pieces of timber that are delivered, workers take a chainsaw to the timber to cut boards from it. Getting a long cut, straight enough to be used for making a board, requires a lot of practice.

Note the complete lack of eye and foot protection. No one I saw wore eye protection in the boatyards, and the only workers not wearing flip-flops are the ones in bare feet.

Fri Apr 16 16:05:15 EDT 2010 | George Ray
Unloading Lumber
Thu Apr 15 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Cajaíba, Baia de Camamu, Brazil

Unloading lumber off a truck to where I believe a boat will be built. The stakes in the water keep the wood from floating away. Note how thick some of the lumber is. I'll explain why tomorrow.

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