8 Feb

Update on Seeker,
For the third time in the last six months, it appears as is a storm surge is heading towards the Vineyard, and, more specifically, the boat shed. We’re in that new moon cycle that produces astronomically high tides. The hurricane winds piling the water into east North and East facing waterfront is going to wreak havoc in many coastal communities. We’re lucky in that the cape blocks us, protecting us from large seas.
I had dragged all the planks inside, covered the oak pile, and returned home and settled in, when I suddenly remembered that I promised myself that if we got any real snow, I was going to beef up the diagonal bracing on a section of the shop that would be at risk to a heavy wet snow. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has declared a state of emergency at 4:00pm today, closing the roads to vehicular traffic, so I didn’t waste anytime getting back to the boat shed. The problem was that the braces were twenty feet high at the top, and the ladder I had was only eighteen feet, and so light that the wind was inclined to blow it over. I thought about giving up, but then thought about how I’d feel if the roof collapsed, and decided to make do.
I placed the ladder against the brace, climbed up as far as I could on the ladder, then hoisted onto the extreme end of the roof trusses, climbed from truss to truss (Four feet apart) until able to contort into position to install some heavy construction screws. If I was watching someone else do that, I wouldn’t have been able to. Complicating matters was the wind blowing at about forty miles and gusting, and wet heavy sleet making everything slippery and cold.
It only took about a half hour, but it was about as nasty a job as I’ve done since the hurricane, where I got a call from a friend informing me that screws were popping in other braces. Climbing around in a hurricane isn’t nearly as bad, because the weather is usually not that cold.
Anyway, the planking is going well on the starboard side. Have about seven plank runs to go, but will need to dry a batch of planks before I can finish. Probably have enough to do two more runs. While I”m waiting for the last of the planking to dry, I’ll be working on the port lights, which will be more like windows, and the hatches, deck skylights and companionway hatches, in preparation for deck planking.

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