Chesapeake Bay Skipjack

May 2010 Blog Posts (5)

5/29/10: Tight Quarters

Elbert, Gordon, and David worked in cramped quarters in the starboard stern/cabin/sides area. We screwed in what we call the longitudinal board, which is the brace for the bottom boards. We had to bend the board quite a bit to match the shear of the boat, but we were very satisfied with the results. Now that we have finished so much of the bottom, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to get inside the boat. The work becomes that much harder in the cramped quarters; screwing boards,… Continue

Added by ida may on May 29, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

5/22/10: Still Replacing Bottom Boards

Gordon, Elbert, and David worked on replacing the Ida May's bottom boards, starboard side. The weather was so pleasant that we didn't even have to erect our shade tarp. We're very close to finishing the bottom!

Added by ida may on May 22, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

5/15/10: Replacing Bottom Boards

It was a beautiful day to work in Chance, MD. Breezy, not too humid, and sunny. The wind is keeping the bugs down, thankfully, but when the wind dies, the no-see-ums eat us alive. We're moving slowly but surely, replacing bottom boards on the port side. Fifteen more weeks until Labor Day! We are hoping to be in the Deal Island Skipjack Races this year.

Added by ida may on May 15, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

5/4/10: At Cropper Brother's Lumber Choosing Mast and Boom

We visited Cropper Brother's Lumber in Willards, MD to choose a couple straight trees to make the mast and boom for the Ida May. Check out the many pictures we took of the process of stripping the bark from the trees to make bare poles.

Added by ida may on May 4, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

5/1/10: Worked Full Day and Wore Gordon Out

We worked a full day on the Ida May. The weather was perfect, especially once we erected our tarp to shield us from the sun. We put on 6 bottom boards and wore Gordon completely out. The morning was easy and fast work, but the afternoon proved slower and more difficult. Sometimes the boards just slide into place and other times it's a struggle to fit. We plane the board a little here and a little there, put the board into place, and then realize we have to shave off a little more. A few times… Continue

Added by ida may on May 2, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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