November 22, 2000 Since the warm weather finally gave way to serious temperatures, the WebBoat crew is wistfully thinking about the joys of wood stoves and plastic-covered shed siding. The crew, bundled up and easily mistaken for Canadian fur trappers, has grown by two Bills and a James Jr. – Bill Davis has joined Leonard for sanding and painting, and Bill Brown is the on-site diesel mechanic. James Jr. is Bryan’s son. The boat undergoes regular metamorphous – the three panel windshield in the pilot house was removed, and in the Down East spirit of not wasting anything, was installed in the new shop extension. This makes way for later installation of the angled windshield.
View from Across the Cut
The removal of paint is revealing beautiful wood in some areas.The wood surrounding the salon windshield is especially nice. The galley walls are stripped, and Jeanette and Robbin are working hard on the aft bunk room, a.k.a. the “children’s room” because glowing stars, balls, and a plastic dinosaur were discovered in various nooks and crannies. The paint is soon to be gone from the entire Cherokee interior. But given the chilly temperatures, being inside small rooms with a heat gun is not so bad. Old timey sailors who were forever scrubbing wooden decks with small blocks of sandstone called the stone “Bible” because they were always down on their knees.
Freshly Sanded Bunkroom Door
John and his assistant James Jr. cut and glued several pieces of stem in the anchor locker where the windlass will be placed. A rotten section of the front deck was cut out. This has given John a bit more breathing space and elbow room for the anchor locker restoration.