Brooks Wooden Boat Course

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Term 2013 January 5 - 25

A New Home, A New Start
As we say good by to 2012 and prepare for our winter term the weather outside is blowing hard from the west, dumping several inches of rain on us.  Yesterday we moved Lucie (our modified Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack) from her garage "safe-port" to our new work site just outside of the science center.  We quickly erected a canopy knowing that the weather was going to turn ugly by evening.  And indeed it has.  

When last we left off Lucie was near rigging stage, though I think we are further back than that in truth.  Over the summer the spars  and sails were finished but not much more was done, so there is still much to do.  Work on installing the centerboard and the bow sprit will be first on the list.  

This year the Wooden Boat Building course will work on two projects; the completion of the MBLS and two Optimist prams, start to finish.  The ladder are one-person size dingy sailors and will be exciting to to build from scratch.  A new crop of students, 14 in total, will join us on January 5th, 2013.  Please stay tuned as we build and dream of sailing and certainly better weather.  

Friday, April 20, 2012

Shaping the tiller and adding the spray guard

The boat "Lucie" is all loaded up and ready to head over the the gym for this Saturday evenings auction.  Lucie is not being auctioned off but is over there as a show piece.

Over the past week Tommy and Henry have worked nearly every evening to get the Lucie ready for her big night out and last night was no different.  These two students have become quite skilled and the progress has increased tremendously.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rudder Assembly Part I

Rudder Assembly

Getting ready to leave the nest.

Paul Gallo who works on staff at the school helped with the bending of the brass for the rudder post assembly.  He's quite amazing!

Tommy and Henry did all of the exterior painting while Mr. Grant did the interior.

The boat will be moved this Thursday afternoon to the gym for the weekend to be on display for the Parents Association auction.  This means at least one more coat of paint on top, a couple on the bottom and the install the rudder.