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Update 2/19/19

19 Feb

I’ve been posting mainly on my Facebook page, Ted Box, because most of my friends who have been involved with the Seeker have become Facebook friends.

But now we are entering a new phase of the project: getting the boat operational.

After as many launching dates as their are bottom planks, we finally launched last July. The launch was exciting, as they tend to be, as a land-locked dream transforms to a real life vessel, displacing real water, poised to take on her aquatic destiny.

But before that can happen, although the woodworking is more or less complete, mechanicals, sails, composting heads, plumbing, electrical and all the other systems necessary to leave the mooring have to be found, purchased, donated, resurrected and installed.

Just to catch you up, we have the propeller shafts, stuffing boxes, and struts installed, in preparation for engines, we were lucky to get two sixty-five foot old-growth-white-pine logs we had milled at Mystic Seaport and delivered to the island where Gary Mottou and Skip Davis helped me fashion them into masts, a task we enjoyed which came out looking like it came off of a lathe.

Presently Jeff Smith, old-school machinist and inventor, is helping me install the double headed windless donated by Captain Bob Douglas, and on inclement days I’m working on the galley countertops.

I’ll be posting here again more regularly along with on Facebook, and will also be interacting with the IT people at companies who make donations to support their philanthropy.

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It’s been a while since I posted on this site.

26 Aug

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.

19 Apr

Yesterday we continued work on the hatch coamings. That work will be completed today. The coamings are the part of the hatch that is permanently affixed to the boat. The hatch closes onto the coaming. First we build the coaming, then the hatch. One of the coamings is for an opening four hatch skylight. These are beautiful examples of form following function.
Meanwhile, anyone reading this can help out with the Indiegogo campaign by writing comments on the site. It’s important in that comments are part of the formula that help the site get published to the public.
The “new” (1928 model) planer is working great. The oak coming out straight and smooth.
Wayne sweezy has been invaluable as usual. He’s steady and takes on the most tedious projects with patience.

18 Apr

Today we’ve launched our campaign on Indiegogo:http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/seeker-the-scow/x/2631054
We’re continuing work of the hatch coamings. Three down one to go, then on to the companionway hatches.
It’s lunch time, so I have to get back to it.

13 Apr

Today’s start is a continuation of yesterdays inclemency. The weatherman promises good weather this afternoon. With the wind blowing the sawdust around, I’m a little shy of getting an eye full in my newly minted eye.
I’m looking forward to starting work on the quarterdeck skylight. It’s going to be built so as to be removable. It’s big enough to allow passage of large items, such as mattresses, stoves, and other items that wouldn’t fit down the companionway. I’ve been using the bad weather to draw up construction details for the various hatches. Soon those drawings will show up as the real thing. That’s the great thing about creativity. You think, and then it happens.

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wave table

12 Apr

Wave Table Silo sm

This is a table made entirely of wood, with the exception of the rock “island.”

One of my favorite creations.