I just got a wonderful email from Fiona with Young&Salty and she’s written a lovely article about our little boat farm in the woods. We spoke with her via Skype months ago and she is just as sweet as her writing. Please check out what she had to say about our project as well as the numerous other articles she writes!
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!
With the mizzen mast finished it was time to move onto the main
Trimming down to 3.5in diameter
Cutting the excess off the base
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.
Top of the Main
Base of the Main
Let the manicure begin
Garrett started us off by using the electric planner smoothing down all the tiny knots along the length
I followed behind him with the belt sander to ruffly fare all the planner cuts and grooves.
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.
and two days later appeared in Napa on Friday morning
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
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)
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
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.
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: