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Thread: Ahhh, to Restore a Classic,.....I'm slicin' water again !!

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    Default Ahhh, to Restore a Classic,.....I'm slicin' water again !!

    So, I have my eyes on this little, "internet boat broker," special, for almost a year,...and it's not selling,...
    which can be good,.... or not so good,...

    I arrange some, "on the side," travel by there, take a look, as my old boat is for sale,...
    it's a project I can do, and has the classic heritage, I really want to mess around restoring,....they're hard to find,...and I found one,...

    and then my Plastic Boat sells,....and a short while later,....

    I Am A Wooden Boat Owner, Again,.... WaHoo,...or,.... uh oh (?)





    It's August 1st, when I pull into Port Townsend, the Shipwrights Co-op, world renowned Wood Boat Specialists,
    gonna do some Key Area,... "Overkill."

    but I've been ALL OVER It,.... is a worthy project



    I'm gonna start a thread, throw a lot of pics of the process in here, for your entertainment,
    over the course of the next couple weeks,
    if I get time anyway, in Harbor coffee shops, hanging out taking my time, enjoying Canadians,...(I Like Those Folks)

    Cause, "I Am On My Way",......Home to Kodiak,.....and She Is Performing Nicely,...... to put it mildly









    It should tend to be "Pic Heavy," probably as it has to be,...Hard To Describe, all we've done,

    Or, "How It Feels, to be Slicing Thru The Saltwater Again, up the Inside Passage, North to Alaska"

    Ten Hours in that little raft off the AK peninsula, blowin' NW 60, in November.... "the Power of Life and Death is in the Tongue," and Yes, God is Good !

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    very nice!
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    I have been waiting for this post. She is a beauty! I look forward to reading about your travels on the way back to Kodiak. Most excellent!
    Spending my kids' inheritance with them, one adventure at a time.

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    Oh Gosh, she is gorgeous! What a classic! You are a lucky man.

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    Too cool...looking very forward to reading up on this.


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    Man, I could not be more excited for you! That is just excellent to see that you're on the water again and on your way north. I sure hope to catch a ride on that beauty one day in the not too distant future. Welcome home to Alaska, brother! (Well...soon enough, anyhow.)

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    Wow! Very nice.

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    Norseman is looking good, safe travelin' to ya. Wish i was there for the splashing, old good luck tradition is to throw a quarter in the bilge but once it lands you can never move it with your hand again. I should send you a quarter!! Be safe on the journey.

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    Wow.....what a blast from the past. I LOVE IT...!!!

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    Default Man, It Was HOT in August,... Burnin' an Scrapin' Paint

    Have a little time before leaving Bellingham this morn,...

    So, Back to August, in Port Townsend,...it was hittin' 80F or so,...and all I can remember of that,
    was thinking, "How acclimated I am to Kodiak 50's in summer, and happy about it too,..." Not a heat guy anymore

    was burning paint off the hull, and yeah, there were, "Years worth of Paint Layers on there
    (the way we do that is with a propane torch passing slightly over the heavy layers of Marine Paint,
    then when it starts to bubble up, it scrapes off pretty easy, taking it down to bare wood, with a sander later)

    But first, gotta post a pic of the run down from Ladysmith, Vancouver Island
    Built in 1959, by Sather Boatworks in New Westminster BC, south of Vancouver
    They're rather well known among Wood Boat guys down there,...actually kind of famous, in Canada anyway

    Here's another Vancouver built, Sather, laying just a few slips down the dock where I found her,...kinda motivating, eh?
    got to keep walking by this, to the one I was buying,...you can imagine the effect



    and I had one of the most Surreal trips down to Victoria, and across to Port Angeles, WA

    all this Inside Passage Dreamy Water Stuff, was a Great time to, "Listen to Everything,"
    found the engine to be the best part of the deal,...Flawless Running,
    considering all the relative unknowns of a 50 yr old boat that's been sittin' at a dock for a while,...





    was flat calm for about ten hrs of the trip, then crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca,
    for the Border Port check-in at Port Angeles,
    Wind was coming out of the West, unhindered from the open Pacific,
    maybe 25 knots of wind for a 4ft sea, and running in the trough,

    was actually kinda nice to just have a little bit of testing her out, feeling how she handles, rolls, etc.


    Ok, back to "Depainting,..." in the hot sun,...is always, "The Bummer Part," of the deal,....and I like painting,...
    unlike a lot of people,...but Not "Unpainting," til it's done anyway





    This is Red Cedar planking, from British Columbia,...back when the Good Stuff, was everywhere,...
    That Cedar looks Good, with no paint,...
    then I start, "Slathering On," Linseed Oil,...thinned with Turpentine at first,..to get it Soaking Up Oil

    and it took up quite a bit too

    Here's a shot of one side sanded, the other just scraped



    and a close up,...of, "The Material,..."

    Ten Hours in that little raft off the AK peninsula, blowin' NW 60, in November.... "the Power of Life and Death is in the Tongue," and Yes, God is Good !

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    Had I known you were in Pt. Townsend, I would have sent you to my brother's art gallery.

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    I'm glad you said you like to paint cause you'll be a lot of it to keep that beauty looking good.

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    Keep that puppy running when you hit Ketchikan "toredo" waters.

    Looks pretty nice.

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    Keep the update coming. Very nice.. I am about 3 hours south of you......

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    Very nice KR,, wishing you fair skies and calm seas. Hope I can get to see her in person this fall on Kodiak.

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    great thread. and beautiful woodie. leavin for bear camp in 4 days, hope you have some updates before then.

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    Beeeeautiful. This thread is going to be fun to read. Any idea about when you'll get back to Kodiak? No rush to bring you out of your fun trip. Just looking forward to seeing how she looks in person.

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    Awesome!!!!
    ... aboard the 'Memory Maker' Making Memories one Wave at a Time!

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    This is gonna look deadly. Almost a bloody shame to paint over that sexy cedar

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    Kodiakrain,
    While I'm impressed that you have the skill-set to take on a project of this magnitude, I'm even more impressed that you have evidently arranged your lifestyle so that you can responsibly measure out the required time and resources.
    And as each boat-restoration-mile-marker is/was met and exceeded I can imagine the satisfaction that you experience.

    Anymore, not enough of us know how to restore an old classic car and apply seven clear coats of pride. Not enough of us know the feeling of satisfaction one feels after building and painting our own picket fence, or even refinishing a wooden floor in the dining room. Seems like too many of us would rather pay a craftsman to do something we could probably attempt and complete our self.

    So I'm impressed with your "project boat", your labor of love, and this thread. I'm sure I'll keep checking back in to view your craftsmanship and that beautiful wooden boat.
    Thanks,
    AlaskaTrue/Dennis

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