Sunday, March 22, 2015

Work Party!

I drove to the work party with a little wooden boat in the back of my van that most would consider seaworthy enough. It had a small leak in the hull and the sail comes out of the boom, but so what! I could still sail it! Now, after starting the repairs, I have a boat that is most assuredly not seaworthy any longer. In fact the more we sat there and looked at it, poked it, the more things we found to fix. as is usually the case with any seagoing vessel.

We had a great turnout with at least five of us working on something at any given time. Because our self appointed social committee of one (Andrzej) was in attendance our work was readily interspersed with the fine art of drinking spirits. I think we were able to get at least one more boat ready to go into service, which is great because that's one less leaky boat on the dock to worry about. I'm sure Troy will be happy to get a little extra driveway space as well.

Andrzej and Jessica sanding a rudder. We discovered that this one was made of foam and had a great foil shape to it. It is our new 'racing' rudder.

Chris is sifting through our various boxes of assorted hardware looking for just the right piece to finish his project. (Sorry Chris, I didn't see what you were working on. Tell me in the comments!)

Andrzej likes to get dirty.

Sandy is putting the finishing touches on one of our trailers.

That's me trying to get some old screws out of the hull.

Sandy really get's excited at our work parties and it shows!

Andrzej takes a brief break to hydrate himself with some unlabeled booze.

After hours of digging in boxes, I think Chris finally found the hardware he needed.

Nikki and I spent most of our time on the porch with the El Toro drilling out screws that had broken their heads off.

This is the 'brain trust' figuring out how to fix a wooden boom that has a crack in it.

If you hold the boom like Don here, your opinion on how to fix it carry more weight for sure!

Sandy and Chris make a great team!

This is the extra parking spot that will be opening up soon.

Here's that new racing rudder I was talking about.

Jessica sanded the crap out of this rudder and it has a new layer of epoxy coating.

Troy is super stoked that we got some stuff done today!

I'm glad Troy seems to enjoy having us all crash his place and use his tools. These kinds of repairs would not be possible without his garage and the cumulative knowledge from the club. I can't wait for the next one!

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