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October 2010 Blog Posts (4)

10/30/10: Stem and Davits

Elbert, David, and Gordon Gladden and Frank Antes tear out the stem piece of the Ida May. The old piece (which might be an original from 1906) will be saved and used as a template for the new stem, which will be cut from a solid piece of oak. The stem is (at the bow of a vessel) an upright into which the sidetimbers or plates are jointed. Gordon and David also remove the davits from the stern of the boat. The davits are two large, goose-necked pieces of steel that are used to suspend and…

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Added by ida may on October 30, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

10/23/10: Stem and Bowsprit

Gordon, Elbert, and David Gladden, along with Frank Antes and Tom Evans, work on the Ida May on a cool but comfortable fall Saturday. Everybody works on a different part of the boat. Frank and Gordon tackle the starboard sides and Tom paints the starboard rails that will go back on the boat once the sides are complete. Elbert and David, to their dismay, find that the stem piece in… Continue

Added by ida may on October 23, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

10/16/10: Mast Step and Side Railings

Gordon, Elbert, and David Gladden and Tom Evans work on a windy fall day

on the Skipjack Ida May in Chance MD. Tom sands and paints the old

railings. They are still in good shape and will be put back once we

patch up the starboard side. Gordon and Elbert find that the top layer

of the mast step is rotten, but not too difficult to take out and it

won't be hard to replace either. We sure did miss Frank Antes, who had

prior commitments elsewhere. Notice the camera… Continue

Added by ida may on October 16, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

10/2/10: Replacing Starboard Railing and Peeling Up Line-X

Tom Evans, Frank Antes, and Elbert, David, and Gordon Gladden work on a beautiful fall day at Scott's Cove on the Skipjack Ida May. We finally replaced some of the rotten railing on the starboard side of the boat, but we have much more to do. Tom and David blistered their hands prying up the thick, plastic-like coat of Line-X on the deck. The Line-X was a failed experiment to preserve the deck and won't be reapplied.

Added by ida may on October 2, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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