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Committment

By the Skipper:

The Big Job progresses apace.  After several days of measuring, multiplying, researching, asking and listening, imagining, sketching and compromising, I paid a visit to Andy and took the first concrete step: I paid him a retainer.

Andy Cowan is a local artisan carpenter known for his high level of craftsmanship.  He will be helping us with cutting the plywood and with the milling and fitting of the solid wood pieces.  I met him at his workshop at the mouth of Falls Creek on Mitcof Island to talk about ordering materials.  

Carpenter Shop

After going over my sketches with him and incorporating Andy's suggestions I will take more careful measurements, do the math and place the order for several different dimensional sizes of quarter-sawn sapele from Edensaw Woods in Port Townsend, WA.  along with a dozen sheets of Okoume marine plywood and half a dozen sheets of doorskin for patterns. 

We will be ordering our paint, varnish, fiberglass, epoxy and related supplies from Fisheries Supply in Seattle.

We intend to source the Alaskan Yellow Cedar locally.

Spending the first dollar starts the clock.  Monday I will be making phone calls and timing the delivery of materials.

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1. SvSalacia | December 06, 2015 at 06:05 PM EST

Look forward to following along. Are you planning on any structural upgrades or repairs such as deck, hull or toerail? Can't wait to see progress

Good Luck

2. Chuck Rose | December 07, 2015 at 05:01 PM EST

The exterior of the boat is in prety good shape but there are a couple of minor repairs to be made. The major reconstruction will involve the interior structural bulkheads and furniture.

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