December 12, 2001

 No snowmonkeys have been sighted near the Huckins site, as this is a globally warmed December if there ever was one. Brain-Stormin’ Norman obtained one third of a sawed-up jonboat, and fashioned it into a fine little dinghy after work one day. Not only did it float, but was featured as part of the Blake Boatworks Zydeco float in the Down East Christmas parade, cradling our hula-hooping triangle player Xoe Wise.

Jonah and the Whale

Norm in his Dinghy on Deck of the Cherokee

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Bud Sanding a Bunk Piece

Bryan, Leonard, and Bill fired up the rosebud torches and are in the process of fabricating the engine mounts. Once shaped, the mounts will be painted and bolted to the engines. Then the engines will be placed in the boat.

Hooded Henchman vs. the Torchalator
A Mounted Mount

Carrying a Torch for Engine Mounts, Installed Mount

Cherokee’s interior is coming right along. The aft cabin now has both bunk structures permanently in place. Here are shown two drawer cut-outs. The space to the side and aft of the drawers under the bunk is also used for storage. An electric ram will be used to raise the mattress and allow access to this area. The stairs, mocked-up and showcased below by Casey, lead to the companionway. This will give access to the cockpit from the owner’s stateroom. Jeanette is continuing to sketch out interior designs for the master stateroom and the guest staterooms and heads.

Where are they going to keep the dogfood bowl?

Aft Stateroom Bunk and Mock-Up of Stairs

The decking behind the main staircase and over the guest stateroom had been partially removed earlier to aid in placement of large panels into the interiors of these rooms. Leonard and Jim are now gluing these decks in permanently. Fish Doc thinks the light is nice below, and suggests the decking be replaced with skylights – sort of the inverse of a glass-bottom boat.

Just follow the light...

Deck Removal above Guest Stateroom

New equipment has been getting delivered like Christmas gifts. That is not Doctor Who below with his latest time-traveling contraption. It’s Bryan checking out the new S.K. water maker, which is a reverse osmosis system converting salt into fresh. Also arriving was the Huckin’s new Northern Lights generator, the power source.

Where do the nabs come out?
Power to the People

Water Maker and Generator

In other Cherokee news, Tom Parker and Bud have been working on the pilot house sides which were removed for sanding and painting. Leonard and Bill Brown have been preparing the rest of the cabin for fiberglassing and painting. Everyone else is sanding, sanding, sanding. Bill Davis is employing a board sanding mechanism to work on the cabin roof.

Who hit me with that puck?

Tom Parker, Working the Pilot House Sides

This is the trickiest game of shuffleboard...

Bill Davis Sanding Cabin Roof

While driving through the Outer Banks on the way to a fish meeting, Fish Doc learned how some of the communities came to be named. Frisco used to be called Trent Woods. It was renamed after San Francisco by the settlement’s first postmaster, who had shipwrecked off Diamond Shoals years before and married a local girl. Salvo used to be Clarks, until a Union ship commander spotted the uncharted village and said, “give it a salvo” (simultaneous firing of cannons). The soldier wrote “salvo” on the map and the note got picked up by other map makers. Avon was Kinnakeet, famous for its big stands of oaks and cedars, used to construct the equally famous Kinnakeet schooners. Waves and Rodanthe were both called Chicamacomico. Most of the sandy OBX settlements received new names upon the opening of post offices in the late 1800s when government officials decided the original names were too confusing and hard to spell. They may be shorter and easier now, but what’s more musical to say than Chicamacomico? Signing off for now, Barbara “Fish Doctor” Blake

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