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2004.11.15

This isn't my boat project, but Bruce is in the process of re-building the foredeck on his beautiful Dickerson 41. The good news is, they're putting it back together, not tearing out any more wood...


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Sometimes, it's the little things. Recently, I picked up a bronze snap at Hubbard's. (If you can't find it at Hubbards, you most likely don't need it...) then, I ran a chunk of 1/2" braid to the boom bail from the mainsheet cleat and that has stabilized the boom while at anchor a whole bunch. It never bothered me, but I noticed many people would consciously or unconsciously stand and hold the boom to stop it from shaking in the wind. Now that I've stabilized it, I've noticed it did bother me...


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Another fall project has been to build a new bimini. Though I'm not quite satisfied with it, my sewing skills have improved dramatically and I'm very pleased with the window I put in for checking the top of the mast. Having sailed the boat a couple of times since the addition, I can say that it is a must have in any bimini.


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Next comes the Door and the dodger. Even though these aren't new, I get a lot of questions on them. While I'm still not satisfied with the shape of it, I am immensely pleased with the functionality of the dodger. I've figured out how to improve the looks and expect vers. 3 to be approx. the same profile, changed only enough to improve the looks. The door is 8 yrs old now and still one of the best 4 improvements I've made to the boat. The others being, Hard Dodger, Bimini, Windlass, Propane Stove in no particular order.


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The boy always loves to go to the boat with his dad.


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And last, but not least, a couple more canvas projects. For years, I had an old hiking shoulder bag hung by the throwable Life Buoy to hold the line and assorted small stuff always needed on the boat. This fall, I started hacking up my old main sail and making "Stuff". A new bag to replace the brittle and crumbling bag for small stuff was on top of the list. But, the big hit has been the tote bags I've made for myself and a few others. My new tote bag is my "sailing bag" I keep my foulies, spare clothes for me and the kids, camera and untold other assorted items in the sail tote. Leaving a few details like luff cord and slides in place makes it unmistakably a Sailor's tote. Everybody I've made one for, absolutely loves it.


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It's Mom's Birthday.


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