March is here and we are quickly approaching the sailing season. Much has been done over the last few months and we are quickly putting the ship back together in anticipation of the Spring Crew arriving!
The short of the story is that we are getting more for our money then expected and, so far, without any major hitches. We continue the excellent precedent set over the last number of years regarding our relationships with Haven Boatworks and other vendors, our paid and volunteer crew, our successful Volunteer Work Weekends, and all the local passers-by.
Adventuress was originally designed such that her propeller shaft could not be easily removed for inspection. To withdraw the shaft going forward through the ship, we would have to wreck much of the interior. To remove it aft, we would have to cut the "prick-post" which aligns with the ship's rudder shaft.
|Removal of the Tail-shaft with the Prick Post cut|
The removal of the existing tail-shaft went smoothly and quickly. Within the first week out of the water we had the tail-shaft removed, the hardware out and the prick-post cut. This gave us good insight in to the original construction of Adventuress, including the great condition of the shaft log where the tail-shaft runs through the ship.
|The re-design of the Prick-Post|
|The “necking” of the old shaft just forward of the sleaving for the cutlass bearing.|
Floor Timber / Shaft Log
|Fasteners removed from the Floor Timber.|
The timber has been removed and we are glad we did due to the condition of the fasteners and the wood itself. The new timber, replaced with a new piece of purple heart, has been expertly patterned and installed and awaiting the new stuffing box.
|Remains of the Floor Timber with “Pulled Pork” consistency.|
The Sailmaking Class at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is building a new Mainsail, Staysail and Jib for the ship. With eight students they have already seamed all three of the sails, have begun building the corner patches, and are starting on the hand work. We are salvaging some material off of a previous sail as well as acquiring some new bronze rings and hanks from Pete Langley of the Port Townsend Foundry.
At various points we’ve been utilizing a group of volunteers to help out with “schlepping” and other fun aspects of the job. Sean Rankin, with help from other local experts, has been leading his students through the process. The sails are getting ready to be delivered and bent on just in time for the spring season. Our previous Chief Mate, Nora Coseby has been scholarshipped for the class and is keeping an eye on the daily goings on for me ☺.
|Boat School Students with Adventuress Volunteers, and Sailmakers Sean Rankin and Sugar Flannigan – 2nd Layout at the Community Gym|
Only three days after being out of the water we removed the Foremast with the intention of a detailed inspection of the spar itself as well replacing the hardware aloft to match the work done on the Mainmast last winter. Inspection revealed a few minor, but necessary repairs including the rebuilding of the trestle trees aloft. Given the age of the mast, it is in remarkably good shape. Some rigging updates will be included as part of the work being done around the mast.
We continue to utilize the inspection and inventory process that we’ve been developing over the last year in a proactive response to new USCG inspection notes and impending regulation. We are working closely with our local inspectors and the leadership in Washington DC to help create a model for traditionally rigged vessels. After our recent presentation at the Tall Ships America Conference in Newport, RI, we feel that we are certainly on the right path for our own ship, as well as supporting the industry at large.
General Maintenance/ Volunteers
We have yet another great team this winter working very hard to get the ship ready for another 200 days of operation. The ever dynamic list morphs as work gets completed and we set priorities for winter maintenance as well as supporting the Restoration Project. We now have three live aboard volunteer interns working along with the Winter Mate and Engineer. We also have a cadre of local volunteers that come down to work on both specific projects as well as what is on the menu for the day. We’ve held three successful Winter Work Weekends with one more planned. These weekends continue to be great opportunities to get big projects completed, build community and have lots of fun. As of yesterday, we have logged almost 2000 volunteer hours.
|Some of the Gray Beards reuniting at a recent Volunteer Work Weekend|