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Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Apr 02, 2018 @ 02:05 AM | 1,698 Views
Happily working away on me E. Irene!
I have read a couple of posts where some are concerned about shroud and stay tension adjustment. Gary has mentioned that it can be adjusted by twisting the shrouds...similar I think as the good old balsa planes and rubber bands.
I am going to try and make a turnbuckle that is pleasing to the eye as well as effective. Let me go to my man-cave...

I came up with a good system using #6-32x1 S/S screws, some 1/4 brass rod and a 6-32 thread tap, as well as some good quality fishing swivels.
I will describe along with some pics......Continue Reading
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Mar 30, 2018 @ 07:57 PM | 1,688 Views
Work on the spars is proceeding nicely
Masts made, stained and varnished. Booms nearly all done. Soon only the gaffs will be left!
I am making up a couple of top-masts to carry a couple of topsls and maybe a fishermans staysl to help with the fickle Vancouver Island summer breezes....Awe, who am I kidding...Im just a detail junkie!
I may divide the jib into two and have the fwd jib also on a boom. Or if I want it to overlap I will put in a separate servo and make a travelling sheet system to pull the sheet around the jib-stay and sheet out on opposite tack.
This will be in addition to the sail rig as per plan and will give me the choice as to which one to use.
I have some sail material on order...ripstop polyester (used to be Icarex) performance kite fabric. I will toy with either flat panels with luff curve added for sail draft...or sewn as paneled sections. I will pop in to a (somewhat) local sailmaker and get some insignia fabric to make up some numbers and graphics....See...I AM a detail junkie!
Nothing makes me happier than escaping into my miniaturized world as......Continue Reading
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Mar 10, 2018 @ 09:30 PM | 1,567 Views

So, after my sleigh ride down the slippery slope, I am finally back on my feet!
It took a full two weeks to recover and today is actually the first day I have been able to be on my feet without having to stop. I guess I AM 20 still!
Lots of time to scheme and envision my build and what I can do to dive in again and not rush to finish her.
So I have now done up the bowsprit for the gaff rig version. I notched out the bulwarks where the bowsprit extends past the gunwales. Well , I cut it down to be flush with the deck, not PAYING ATTENTION to the plans and realizing that it is up about 3/8”!

What to do? What to do?..... Aha! I will build a clipper bow on her and cover up the gap!

It turned out beautiful! I will probably paint it the same as the hull and then add some painted scroll work/name board where it meets the topsides. Add a dolphin striker to it, sprit stays and...a figurehead Easy ol’ boy...this schooner... IS...gonna be named the ‘E. Irene’ in honour of my mother!

The bowsprit is clear Douglas Fir and I gave a good flood coat of Old Masters brown-colonial(?) stand it up vertical and let the excess run off. No wiping. This will really help give it the weathered look. I might even dry brush on some streaks of darker stain to enhance the water stained look.

So happy to be back in the groove!
Cheers’n’Beers!...Continue Reading
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Feb 25, 2018 @ 12:17 AM | 1,780 Views
Wee bit of a pause with my build. Bent a fender on the Co. delivery van, a 5 ton with 18 box on Friday.
I think it may buff out.
Bruised my knee and cracked my little toe. Hope to have it back on road for Monday...

We had a west-coast snot...(snow)...fall all chained up and going down a snow covered driveway when the truck just broke loose and I was just there for the ride!
There was NOTHING I could do!

But I am absolutely okay! I will even be back to work on Monday. The truck maybe on Tuesday?
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Feb 11, 2018 @ 11:50 AM | 2,827 Views
Finally back at my project! (Much) older inlaw taking up much of the time dealing with age related care the last while.

But the sun still rises in the east every morning, and my E.Irene is singing the song of the Sirens of Greek mythology, beckoning me back to the workshop!

In reply to gn(?) about floatation, I figure about 25lbs should do it. Forgot about weight of foam in calculation and know that plywood material also adds positive buoyancy.

I am playing with some rigging blocks to include a rope strop and siezed grommets for when she gets hit with a force 12 hurricane, the blocks wont hit the deck like a cannonball!
Once I have it to how I want it, I can quickly cut all the pcs, and mass produce them.
Here are a few more pics.

SO GLAD to be back!
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Sep 10, 2017 @ 10:29 PM | 2,376 Views
Well, its been longer than I expected to get back to my build!
Summer has come and the leaves are starting to change, busy busy with work and family, but now its time to get back to my 'E.Irene'

I just wasnt happy with the pool noodles that I used for floatation so out it went.
I am using 1/2 pink construction foam and fitting each piece in place. Once a section is done, I tack them together with double sided tape then wrap tightly with house wrap 'TuckTape' for a watertight seal.

Figuring out how much flotation each has is quite easy:

Sneak in and grab the wifes' large measuring container

I fill it up to @ 1500ml,
Submerge the section of flotation,
Note the volumn increase,
Example: 1500ml, add piece, level at 1800ml
Net volumn = 300ml
300ml=0.30 litre

The beauty of metric here is that
1 litre of water= 1 Kilogram

Easy convert to imperial...

1 Kilogram = 2.2 lbs

0.3 litre x 2.2 lbs= .66 lbs of floatation for that piece of floatation!

I have swapped out almost half of the foam now and the installation is much neater

A final note here...these are bricks of FOAM...not 'bricks' from South America!
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Nov 13, 2016 @ 07:08 PM | 3,174 Views
So I now have two coats of varnish on her deck and will continue to complete any through deck fittings and sheet fairleads in preparation to epoxy the deck down permanently!

I will probably fit the winch, servo and sheets after the deck is down rather than before... this will make it mandatory that I come up with a method to do it all now while the deck is permanently fixed, in-case I have a malfunction later. Maybe putting the cart before the horse, but the horse will just bloody well have to MAKE it work!
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Nov 12, 2016 @ 09:44 PM | 3,099 Views
Its been a while, I don't want anyone to think I was lost at sea!
Getting myself comfortable at the new job and it is great!!
So I have once again started back on my own build.
Just starting to put the first coat of varnish on the deck. More of a protection barrier than anything.

I had... Paul Bunyan... come in to see about making the masts and the big goof stepped on one of my lobster traps and flattened it! I guess I will have to use it to trap flounder or halibut now! I told him what a clumsy, goof he was for stepping on the trap....but not until he left to chop down some Douglas Fir for the masts!
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Oct 10, 2016 @ 06:55 PM | 3,178 Views
So I now have the paint scheme completed! The cabin sides are Interlux gloss white mixed with a small amount of green. I would add some, paint, add more, paint, until the third coat I added just enough green to still make it appear white, but with enough green to take away the intensity of the white by itself.
The coachroofs are Satin Almond mixed with grey. This would make the tops non-glaring when the sun from the Carribean beats down on them!
Around the cabin tops, I am painting the same hunter green as the hull. The combination of all the colours together compliment each other and once I get the decks varnished... the Mrs will have to stand on deck to fend off the mermaids as they try to land on deck like the flying fish fleeing from a hungry shark!

Once this paint has set for a few more days, I will clean up and sharpen the lines where the colours come together, then on to the grab-rails, dinghy etc.
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Oct 07, 2016 @ 05:25 PM | 3,399 Views
So, my extended time off is about to end. Back to work next week!
I have really been able to put the (almost full) time into the build this last few months and I am at a good stage to scale it back a bit, but in no way am I going to stop!
I now have the 1st coat of paint on all the superstructure and the deck should be ready to epoxy into place by the end of the long weekend

I even dug deep....WAY DEEP...into my memory bank and used some grade 8 metalwork techniques to make a hinge for the cargo hatch!
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Sep 29, 2016 @ 10:50 PM | 3,875 Views
So, I have reached another exciting stage, the hull is PAINTED!
For the'antifouling' I thought it wood be cool to have something like copper plating, but figured thats above and beyond! After all, I do want her to sail someday.
So I found some 'copper' paint...coper paint with a 'hammered' finish. The results are perfect
And not that it will happen, but I thunk to myself, what about floatation? I did some calculations and came up with using 2 pool noodles would provide close to 30lbs of positive floatation. I have already cut and fit them both into the hull and it looks like I still have plenty of room for all the sail handling gear, rudder, etc! No Davey Jones for me...unless MURPHY shows up!
I have a neat idea to hide it from view...something Gary calls...SWAG! Harrgh Matey!
If it works out I will post some pics
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Sep 26, 2016 @ 02:32 PM | 8,880 Views
Hey gang! Here is a cute little video that I spotted on YouTube.
I can just envision 'Bear' buttoned up down below in the galley on a brisk fall day doing this!

LASAGNA Worlds Smallest (3 min 47 sec)

Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Sep 23, 2016 @ 08:06 PM | 6,059 Views
Well, I reached a milestone today...the deck planking is all done!
I reached another one....I told my boss I'm done! I'm not coming back!
Having been there for 12 yrs and the being right hand man, I've had enough with the stress and anxiety of working with a bull in a china shop who has little respect for others. I gave it everything I had I have reached the 'Popeye' point..."I've hads all's I can stands, I's can'ts stands no more!
I'm calling it semi-retirement! Bank calls it something different! Its time I do work for myself and treat people the way I like to. After 38yrs in this industry, I have seen it all!

THAT is why I found the Irene, or should I say...she found me!

I hope you enjoy these latest pics
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Sep 11, 2016 @ 08:58 PM | 3,678 Views
I'm having so much fun with the build, launching hasn't even entered my mind! Yet.

In keeping with my detailing, I thought, hmmm, lets build a ships wheel. I had a chunk of babinga wood and decided to make it from that. I went to the local chandlery and photographed some ships wheels and went from there...mind you, I have thought and studied about them for years.
This project for me is definetly about relieving the years of stress. Great therapy!!...Continue Reading
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Sep 09, 2016 @ 06:33 PM | 3,669 Views
So, I have been happily playing with the woodwork and now have 1/2 rhe deck layed and the cockpit 90% done!
I wanted to come up with a way to put a compass onboard for when the Pacific Northwest fog rolls in. I needed something about 1/2 inch in diameter so googled 'ships compass' to get an idea as to how to go about it.
The following pics will describe my process that has resulted in excellent results!...Continue Reading
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Sep 04, 2016 @ 10:46 PM | 5,879 Views
Lots done on the 'E. Irene' this past week!
I am using this build as a form of stress management. As odd as it may sound, I actually use it as a form of meditation.
What I mean is that I calm myself down and approach this build by mentally scaling my thoughts down as if I was actually in the same scale as the boat...(They're coming to take me away ho-ho! They're coming to take me away ho-ho, he-he, HA-HA!)

By doing this, it has allowed me to build in wonderful detail! So, please don't think of me as being a show-off. It's far from it!

Everybodys own boat, as shown in your own blogs are perfect! They are made personally by you and represent your own desires and joy of building this beautiful design! And...ALL of them...are the BEST BOATS out there! ...Continue Reading
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Aug 27, 2016 @ 12:05 AM | 4,023 Views
OMG! Time flies when we are having the best summer in years!
Work kept me away from my build, and now I am on a much needed leave of absence.
After being in this crazy trade for 38 yrs without actually spending any more than a week at a time away, I am stepping away for a few months


I have really put my desire to build into the 'E Irene' and have incorporated some of my own characteristics.
I have extended the front of the main cabin to have a curved front with a row of five windows. This means that the extended roof line will have the mast passing through it...which now makes the roof impossible to remove without unstepping the mast...

I came up with a neat idea to remedy that and now the roof is completely and easily removed without unstepping the mast!
I couldnt help myself and also made a working companionway hatch.
So here are the latest pics of the 'E Irene'...Continue Reading
Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Jun 26, 2016 @ 11:39 AM | 3,953 Views
Here is a couple of pics I found of the Contessa 26 that we re-finished...back in '88