What's up at 288?  Not just boats.  Elizabeth does a magnificent job with the property.  These are just a couple of quick pics

Garden June 2020

Jackknife Beach Pleasant Bay


Renovation of starboard side under the berth.  Removed the water tank which occupies the forward section and then sanded the surfaces.  Note to file:  use a small sander and make less dust!  The area was not too bad as I keep after it.  All the places I could not reach had mold and I can't imagine that's healthy.  

Some of the "fiddly bits" in the garage getting a coat of varnish.  Above the table is our Skerry still in winter storage.  The new, as yet unboxed, Eastport Pram CLC kit lies alongside.

Prep work on the area under the starboard berth follows:

Flat white primer makes a good bonding coat for the following top coat.  We have had good results with this system and it is not expensive.

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Old pictures

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Years ago:  Alison at 4 and Laura at 8 sailing a Day Sailor out of Wequassett Inn on Pleasant Bay.  Andrew, an infant, was in the baby bucket below decks.  Alison is eyeing me suspiciously though I don't know why.  Her birthday was yesterday as of this writing.  Let's see, I am 45 so she must be 21 now.  (Well, maybe I am not 45... but who's counting?)


1971, Norm at about 21, aboard the schooner So Fong sailing the Leewards.  I think one of the owner's daughters is showing her ear.

So Fong has an interesting history.  In 2005, Norm was skippering Rumor in the Caribbean and met a guy who sailed So Fong out of Viet Nam.  Story here.

She even made it to you Tube!

In my day, So Fong was painted dark blue.  The owner's wife had seen the yacht when she was young and fell in love with the schooner's lines.  The wife loved sailing the old schooner in a brisk Caribbean breeze.


1968 or 69 on Pleasant Bay with no thoughts of the Caribbean or schooners. Norm in his Comet a few years before the So Fong picture.

Grandson Luke swimming off his mom's boat on Long Island Sound, May 16, 2020

More forepeake

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Primer flat white.
Every once in a while, I get to sail with my daughter, Laura.  The first weekend in May marked my first sail in 2020.  Laura captured an image of the event.  Here it is paired with a picture from one of our last sails of 2013 which was on Boston Harbor aboard Averisera

Laura has an O'Day 240 from 1989 she named LARK.  I love the name.  We are sailing off Stamford CT on our way to Westport and Cedar Point YC.  Luke (her son, my grandson) was along, probably hanging out on the foredeck loving the day.  It was so peaceful.

Dad and Laura, aren't they cute!  The boat is our Aphrodite 101, Averisera.  A couple of days later, Laura sent me this picture of her son, Luke, sailing her boat, LARK.  Luke got the boat over on its ear, so to speak, and has a big grin from that.  Boys and boats!


This blog is full of details about our boat.  Laura's boat details can be found in www.sailboatdata.com  From there:

Probably an image from an old O'Day brochure.

Brochure drawings.

Reno 2020-forepeak

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The forepeak is a tight place to work.  Normally, a holding tank, selector switch, and pump are all crammed in here.  I got them out, cleaned the surfaces and am prepared to sand and make ready for painting.  Considering painting the presently varnished panels.  I joked about wall papering but that's not going to happen!  A couple of the pictures that follow are from intermediate stages.  The bottom picture makes an ugly scene look pretty!


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Reno 2020-Plan A

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An article by sailing writer and blogger, Melody DiCroce, got me focused.  Thanks, Melody.

She wrote about the "Imagine your boat upside down" part of boat prep.  In other words, if the boat rolled over would enough stuff stay put?  There are some real horror stories about damages following a knockdown as gear below flew around the interior.

One of my goals with Averisera has been to make her safe upside down.  In fact, it would be remarkable hard to roll the boat over as she has a deep draft and a narrow beam.  A breaking wave would do it.  Where am I going to find those, Cape Horn?  Not going!  More likely is that a series of rough days can toss us around and too much key equipment shifts to cause a huge mess.  Likely, so I am looking into that.

Very simple layout and not much stowage so not much to get loose.  A few tweaks are called for.  First, the mold!  Then, get ready to sail.

Some things on the list:

Fuel and water tanks are not securely mounted and are held in place mostly by plumbing passing through a bulkhead

Secure lazarette hatch

Holding tank and head, secured but reroute and secure some plumbing

Neither anchor is properly secured in place 

Tool boxes are loose

Latches for galley sliding cabinet doors

Floorboards need some form of securement

Too much loose gear stowed in quarterberths

So, not going anywhere for a while, might as well enjoy the boat as a project.

Batteries not secured

Secure all berth boards so gear stowed underneath is kept in place

Some other things on the list:

Fuel vent line, relocate

Install automatic bilge pump

Install manual bilge pump (presently I have a handheld ThirstyMate)

Make offshore hatch boards and install secure lashing lines.
As work continues at the house, painting rooms and sprucing up outside, it is time to start the boat.  Today, April 4, is chilly, about 40F/5C but not raining.  First, a couple of views, one from the forward hatch out under the shrink wrap.  I am not certain why the blue tarp is still in place.  The other from near the stern.

Plan A: spend a lot of time until late August or early September to ready the boat.  About then, some summer moorings free up on the Cape and that's good.  The virus has thrown all plans into a cocked hat, as they say in nautical terms, so we'll see.

Plan B: finish earlier and find a mooring somewhere off Cape.  Our mooring, Stage Harbor, Chatham, MA, USA is shoaling over at the entrance.  Last year we had a hard time sailing since the harbor bar was so limiting.

Pictures from now:

Doesn't she have a beautiful under body?  Not shown, her sweet long overhangs forward.  So sleek.  Narrow with long legs makes for great sea keeping.  A few years ago, we sailed from Chatham to Hyannis in gale, down wind, two reefs and no jib, averaged 8 knots and never a worry on the helm.  I stood in the cockpit with the tiller between my knees with a cuppa served up from below by the navigator/owner.


Mold and more mold.  I am going to use a couple of different products and report back on their efficacy.  In late fall or early winter, I wiped down with alcohol which did a good job.  I have products from Armorall and Concrobium to try next.

Other tasks are to remove the holding tank and head with associated plumbing.  I am going to sand and paint out all the surfaces under the bunk boards in the forward cabin.  The tank is empty (I think) so it won't be too rough a job.

Yesterday it blew a gale so we drove over to the Chatham Light and had a look at the Atlantic Ocean.  It was churned up.  The offshore surf went out as far as one could see.
A couple of the products I have used to try and manage/eliminate mold:

The underlying operating system is, of course, this guy.  Who... by the way... went over the next day to check out the wait and see results.  All good.  The solution makes it much easier to wipe off the residue mold.  I then used some 60% alcohol to wipe the surfaces further with good results.

Someday, I will figure out how to get the portrait orientation pictures to be that.

Meanwhile, a friend, Spencer Kinnard, is a photographer who traces the changes in the inlet topography by air.  The following two images are from February 2020.  The very upper beach and water is the Outside Beach at Chatham Light and the Atlantic pictured in a image seen above, taken a month later during a gale.

Anyway, below, the top image shows Stage Harbor entrance.  Typically, the shoals move back and forth between the two little peninsulas.  Depth can be 8 ft or 4 ft... depending on?  The channel has just been dredged in this image.  Wonder how long it will be until the sand from the right side shoals drifts into the channel.

The lower image is of Chatham Inlet, or what's left of it.  Stage Harbor is off to the left.  Everything has changed since I was a kid in the 50s.  Hardly a surprise!  The barrier beach moves all the time.  I learned to sail on the waters barely visible at the top.  We would sail to a cabin on the Outside Beach (OSB, as we called it) and camp out sometimes during the summer.  It was a huge treat for us pre-teens and teens.

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Spring Cleanup

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The guys from Pine Tree Nursery and Landscaping came by the other day to plant some shrubs and clean up the grounds.  Young guys with power tools are way, way faster than me!  Next up are a few small trees to be installed.  Maybe soon.  The weather matters and right now, the day after April Fool's Day, it is blowing a gale and raining.

I kinda wish I had left the Christmas tree lights on the blue spruce for a bit of festivity.

A big "Thank you" to Jeanne and her men for the good work clearing winter garden detritus.

Needs Spring Cleanup, too.  Averisera looking lonely over in the Queen Anne Yard.  Her time will come soon enough.

Check out the state of the reno at the end of March.  The walls and trim are painted, available furniture is in place and we are setting out some pictures/art for installation.

The bathrooms are in process, too.  The upstairs room is pictured below

The picture is taken of the reflection in the mirror which makes an amusing, distorted image.

In the recent past...

20200321_131039.jpgBenjamin Moore Desert Rose and Atrium White.

On the boat... I like Pettit products in particular though Jamestown Distributors has some good stuff, too. Details to follow.  We are doing house now.

It is not as if we know what we're doing in terms of contemporary taste and fashion.  We thought we'd try these and see what happens.  In a few days, we will have the chandelier in place, table in place and dressed.  Next up is to decide about some of the wall furnishings.

If it is a bust, well, start over.  We have plenty of time.

I'd like to get a set of brass clock, barom, temp/humidity for the boat..., that comes later.

Off topic:  Today we had a nice long walk along Herring River in Chatham and the various Chatham beaches we haunt looking at birds.  It was a nice outing and the others on the trails were very courteous about social distancing during the corona virus era.  Kids have no idea and are bumping into folks, being admonished by their adults.  Oh well.

Assuming we'd left Averisera in the water this winter (it turned out to be mild and might have been a particularly good season for that) where would one sail to to escape the disease?  We can live aboard for two or three weeks without reprovisioning (in a stretch) but where to land reprovision after that?  So, we are on the Cape and things are OK as of this writing.

More later....

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