30 Oct

An update on the scow:

The storm has come and gone, and for the most part, the Vineyard fared pretty well. I haven’t heard reports yet of the erosion damage on the south shore, and am concerned for a client of mine whose 10 million dollar home is at risk, but, luckily for him, money is no object.
The boat-shed didn’t blow away, contrary to many islanders opinions to the contrary. The scow also resisted an early launching. The tide did rise and floated some wood around. We had raised the power tools out of harms way, but could have left them, as it turns out.
The planks are coming from the vacuum kiln (Vacuum kilns don’t use heat, so the integrity of the wood is preserved) on Wednesday, and the planking will commence on Thursday.
We’ve been cutting our own planking out of Cypress logs, and sending them to a vacuum mill in central Massachusetts. The fellow who’s delivering the dried planks will pick up the last green ones, deliver them to the kiln, and then return all of the remaining planking within the next fourteen days.
Meanwhile, as a careful look at Dick Iacovello’s photo essay will verify, the work has continued on the scow as follows:
Everything is now bolted together. The mast partners are in. The collision bulkhead framing is installed, as is the two additional watertight bulkheads mandated by the coast guard. The new hatchway to the forward collision bulkhead is installed, as is all of the deck framing, hatches and companionways. I still have some knees to install, and the Land Bank has generously offered their standing dead white oak, the perfect wood for the purpose.
The next weeks will transform the look of the scow from a skeleton, to a robust vessel. Planking is the dramatic event that turns a frame into a boat.
I’m sure Dick will hook up his live action camera so we can all enjoy a Charlie Chaplin view of planking.
In another venue, the documentary film maker who is filming the scow project is putting together a kickstarter video, which will be the first step in fundraising for the project is it moves forward.
I have sufficient funds to finish the wooden boat aspect of the project, but will be needing help with the funding for the engines, sails and other systems.
Kickstarter could help provide those funds.
That’s it for now.
Ted

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