Channel to Channel

A big shout out to Finding Simon who included us on his top 15 under 15,000 subscriber YouTube channels!

He has just joined this crazy boat life and bought a 47 ft 1979 Wharram catamaran in need of love! He’s included a few other awesome channels and not all are sailing channels. I love the small YouTube community of people making a living supporting each other. That in mind another channel I think all of you would love and support is:

Leo is restoring this massive 1910 Gaff Cutter solo with a great sense of humor. I’m in awe of his labor and workshop. Talking with these two guys has been a real treat. I look forward to all their success. Cheers to “young people doing shit” as a follower recently wrote. I love my job!

The Poles Take Shape

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Mizzen
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Main

 

With the mizzen mast finished it was time to move onto the main

 

 

 

Garrett trimmed off the top then measured out the 40 feet needed and cut the excess off from the base. As it stands, Rediviva will be gaff rigged on both the main and the mizzen. Both will be keel stepped and the heights for both masts were described in the plans from George Beuhler. These trees have come a long way from the forest (Episode 14) we couldn’t be happier how they’ve seasoned and held up during the 700 mile trip south. Don’t worry the checks on the sides are normal and do not compromise their strength. I like how one sailor put it into perspective: checks are like the wrinkles on my face; character.

Let the manicure begin

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Garrett started us off by using the electric planner smoothing down all the tiny knots along the length

 

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I followed behind him with the belt sander to ruffly fare all the planner cuts and grooves.

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Garrett then followed behind me to more finely sand with the orbital.

After a short beer and some fresh strawberries we flipped the mast over and moved onto the back side. Once we plane, sand, and repeat the main will be ready to join the mizzen in her first coat of teak oil. We’ll finish both with “boat soup” a special concoction of a few things. Primarily linseed oil/teak oil, pine tar, and varnish typically a lot depends on what’s in the locker. Don’t worry I’ll do a separate soup post when we get there. Every sailer has their special sauce.

All for now!

Cheers 🙂

Gone with the Boat (Part 2)

Down the road she went

and two days later appeared in Napa on Friday morning

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then the yard brought on the Travel Lift!

The straps were wrapped around her belly and slowly took her 20,000 pounds off the trailer

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It wasn’t until the boat was in the slings that Garrett could breathe easy. We’d made it out of the woods. The yard had to break for lunch which gave us time to do the same. Burritos and beer. Listening to the chirp of swallows and the clang of rigging. Welcoming sounds. It’s been 3 years since we’ve lived near water. Rediviva stands tall next to her fellow ships.

We were joined by some familiar faces and some new ones. My mom broke away from work to greet Rediviva at the gate while my dad caught her at an intersection on the way to the boatyard (video will be up for our Patrons)

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Our masts behind the crowd

The engine started and carried her to her new resting place. Awaiting a spot in the “Working” yard. We’re guessing we’ll sit in the storage yard for about a month. Until then we’ll kill time and take it easy working only on the masts and rudder outside the yard.

and it gets even better! They were able to squeeze us in right next to our buddy Geoff’s Cape George which he’s stored here while he’s working up in Alaska. We hope to see him next month

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The calm and quite started to seep in as the stands were secured, the straps rolled up and the travel lift backed away. 3rd in on the left she can relax knowing she’ll be safe through the season.

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Garrett’s brother, Reid, stuck around for the whole day and helped us crack our first few beers on deck under the palm tree landscape.

 

For those of you who’d like to know where exactly we are:

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If you were to get to us from the water you’d cross under the Golden Gate round Angle Island and head north into San Pablo Bay. Turning towards Vallejo you enter the Napa River. A couple hours, after you travel through a draw bridge and under the highway 37 bridge, you’ll arrive at the Napa Marina located at the far south end of Napa Valley.

Deja Fire

We and the Boat are OK

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This morning’s view from our window. A little passed a week ago we were delayed transporting the boat for almost 50,000 acres were ablaze in the hills of Oregon, closing the interstate highway. Last night 10 independent fires began burning all around us. Napa Valley, where we moved the boat for safe keeping, had one of the biggest next to the other monster raging in Santa Rosa a mere 40 miles away. Today the hills smolder across the valley from my parents home.

Tonight we’re on edge knowing 20,000 have already been evacuated and seeing more devastation encroaching 5 miles away.

 I’ll try to keep you informed if anything changes for our situation. Please keep your thoughts positive for those that aren’t so lucky this evening.