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May 30, 2011

April 2011 Addition

Every Year, we try and cruise someplace for Easter. This year was no exception!

Our good friends Bob and Ingrid McDonald and their two boys joined the crew of Ghost for a short over night trip to Port Madison.

The weather was really nice and we actually got to sail most of the way over. Its about 1 hour from Shilshole.

The girls sea kayaked and the kids played at a little park. The topper would have been nice on this trip!

Bob and I hid colored eggs for fathom and the kids to find. Much fun

May 25, 2011

April 2011

A new month and more work on our new topper for Ghost.

After laminating all the pieces together to create 2 halves, I needed to cut and build the hatches. These would allow us too see the sails and manage the mizzen. There would be 2 hatches that would slide open and one that was fixed. I also need to measure and cut the 10 holes for the shrouds.

I also had to add a peice to the inner seem that would act as the joint between the two peices.

Once all of the wood work was done, I was able to cover the entire thing with fiberglass. I used west system and 6 oz cloth.

you can see the shroud holes and wire for the solar panal.

At this point each piece weighs about 200 pounds.


Ok enough work, now it's time for some fun!

This month the kids and I decided to go camping during their spring break.

I had always wanted to drive up to Shaw island in the San Juans and sea kayak over to Blind island to camp.

This seemed like a great time to accomplish this.

This island is a prefect place for kids and dog to run around.

I figured we would be the only ones on the island in April.

Since the kids would be contained on the island i invited a couple of the kids friends along. Yup, me, 4 kids, and the dog for a two nighter!

We were up early to load the car. I was running late and was in a hurry. My long day started by  me dropping a heavy sea kayak onto the car that was parked next to our car. Not just any car, but a shiny black sports car. The gleeming black paint didn't stand a chance. Big dent...bummer. Hmmm maybe no one would notice? Well, I wouldn't do that, infact it turned out to be out good friends car. Bye bye $500.

With the car loaded, I ran a quick mental run of my list: Tent, Sleeping bags, dry food, dog, kids, clothes....tons of other stuff! We were filled to the gills and on the road 30 minutes late, but still ontrack to catch the ferry.

We manged to get almost all the gear to the island in one trip. I had to paddle the 1/4 mile to get the last load.

A quick break here to tell you about the discusion the kids had on the 2 hr drive to the ferry. They talked about what we would do if we forgot.....the tent. "build a leantoo"....cool. What would we do if we forgot the........ food? "Fish, and eat the birds"! Ok, that would not be good.

Now when I got back to the car for the last load, I realised, to my horror, that I forgot the cooler full of food...at home.....on the boat! Yup, scroll up and you will see that it was not on my mental list!

Also left my wallet back at camp. I would have to go to camp, admit my mistake to my liitle campers and then hurry back to the little "ferry dockside" store. The kids thought that it was great fun. But the $120 I had to spend to replace the $50 worth of food that was left in the cooler wasn't too fun.

Ah yes we had a great time!

note the fire made pizza

I am pretty sure Fathom had the best time!

It was a great end to April

March 2011

Hello everyone, Scty here

Now that the Florida trip is behind us, we are able to get started on a long awaited project. An enclosure for our aft deck.

sitting around the aft deck

We love spending time outside, but we are always at the mercy of the weather gods. And while on watch during a passage, the elements can be pretty tough.

I wanted something that would allow us to be sheltered but still be outside.

I planned on a "topper" that could be enclosed during the winter months to create an extra room for Ghost. Then in the summer, we would simpley have to remove the canvas and we could still enjoy the warm summer afternoons.

I decided to build this moinster in two pieces. The total area would be about 15' x15'.

I started out needing a rather large place to start the project. I found I was able to use a friends garage for a few months to get things together before final assembly.

Step one was to buy the "core" material. I decided to use 1" foam that would be epoxied between 1/4" plywood. The total thickness was going to be 1.5".

I used the foam as a template to get an idea about hatch position and hole linup for the 10 shrouds.

After this template was up, I was able to get a rough idea of what the whole thing would look like.

Now off to the shop!

I layed out 4 sheets of 1/4" ply and fiberglassed them together and on top of this I places one side of the foam template.

I trimmed the excess ply and now I had a rough single side of the topper. In this case it is the starboard side.

I then cut out the two hatches that would be on this side.

these two pieces were laminated together and while it was drying I was able to do the same with the port side.

I needed to reenforce the areas where the supports and solar panals would be. In these places I inserted solid wood istead of the foam. I also ran wiring for lights, speakers and the solar panals.

The 1"x2" peices that i used to hold up the template, are now placed around the edge.

More next month!

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