We obviously had a reprieve. We were going to launch last year, because we had no other option, but Ralph Packer opened his doors a little wider, and gave us the opportunity to continue working on the boat, while on land. Most recently, Raply has provided us with a beaufitul park-like setting where we can continue to work towards completion. As people may not know, I’ve been a bit side lined this last several months due to a serious bout with throat cancer. The treatment is almost complete, the cancer gone, and in a month or so, I should be back to complete health. (the process of healing is to kill the cancer, and then, stop the treatment just shy of killing the patient. SO work will resume in the next week and will continue on until the boat is finished.

30 Jul

We’re launching!
The Seeker is going in the water over the Labor Day weekend.
I’m still working with the launching crew to establish an exact date and time. Should have it in a day or so.
Meanwhile, the work continues at a great pace.
We were lucky to have the services of a great Bequian boatbuilder, Ray. (when I learn his last name, I’ll share it with you)
On the island of Bequia, in the Caribbean, boat building has been a tradition and the locals are amongst the best, especially with hand tools. Money is tight, and men are expected to produce if they want to get paid. Ray is one of those men. He’s caulking the Seeker now, and watching him caulk is a delight. Our other proficient caulker, Duane Case, has other work for the summer, and so we’re lucky to have Ray.
Bequian caulkers often caulked while wading in the water, as they just careened a boat from side to side in the shallow water. Watching Ray caulk using a technique of wrapping the cotton around his wrist and unspooling it as he goes, is the technique developed to keep the cotton dry. It’s so efficient he’s kept up the practice on land.
Meanwhile, now that the caulking is in good hands it frees me up to do other work in preparation for launch.
One great bit of news, it looks like E-paint, a pioneer in environmentally friendly marine paints, has signed on to donate paint for Seeker.
I’m going to have my web master create a donors section on this site to honor those whom the Seeker couldn’t have survived without.

One Response to “We obviously had a reprieve. We were going to launch last year, because we had no other option, but Ralph Packer opened his doors a little wider, and gave us the opportunity to continue working on the boat, while on land. Most recently, Raply has provided us with a beaufitul park-like setting where we can continue to work towards completion. As people may not know, I’ve been a bit side lined this last several months due to a serious bout with throat cancer. The treatment is almost complete, the cancer gone, and in a month or so, I should be back to complete health. (the process of healing is to kill the cancer, and then, stop the treatment just shy of killing the patient. SO work will resume in the next week and will continue on until the boat is finished.”

  1. Ann mendilo September 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    Did you launch over the Labor Day weekend?

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