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Notes from the Field - "Cherokee" Huckins Restoration Project

February 15, 2002   A sense of post-Mardi Gras energy and renewal has helped launch the crew into a pre-spring burst of productivity. Cherokee's hull was painted with four coats of primer and four coats of sprayable faring compound this week, giving her a dignified sand-pebble exterior. Stuart, Bud, Leonard, Norm, Jim, and Bill Davis carried out this task in one day.

Hope my tips don't get frosted...
The Paint Gang


Below is the morning after, a primed hull ready for board sanding. This process will take about two weeks. The entire evolution will happen two to three times before the hull is ready to start with the final primers and top coat.

Hull-a-Balloo!
Primed and Compounded Hull


Jeanette, Jim, and Leonard fit the toe rail to the deck, and drilled all the holes for the fastenings. Once fitted, the toe rails were removed and Leonard spread a coat of microballoons on the deck to fill the weave of the fiberglass cloth. All this will be sanded smooth and the toe rails will be re-installed and glued in place. The next step for the deck will be painting.

What color will they paint my toe rails? First the facial!
Toe Rail Fitting, Applying Microballoon and Epoxy Mixture


Below is more decking cured and ready for sanding. All portions of the decking which will be painted instead of teaked have undergone this epoxy/microballoon application process.

on-board skating rink? Count the Microballoons!
Starboard Side Deck, Deck below Windshield


Tom Parker ("Floor Tom") has been busy below, working on the dayhead vanity and the forward stateroom vanity, or what he affectionately calls "the angular nightmare." Tom Kirmeyer ("Rack Tom") has worked close by in the equipment room, installing the water maker and air conditioner compressors. The racks are built in place, and the equipment is fastened down.

This is vanity insanity!
Tom Figuring Angles for Vanity


Domain of... ...the Toms!
Forward Stateroom Vanity, Equipment Room


The Tenth Annual Gloucester Mardi Gras was marked by a record seventeen turkeys fried in three hours, and a new "Fool's Procession" of costumed noise-makers that paraded through the trees and along the perimeter of the festival. Rob Van Veld made the treck to the coast with his "skin bass", a sort of large bodhran drum, and kept a ritualistic beat during the procession. He later played an other-wordly set with the old-time band "Landfill Ramblers". "The skin bass and banjo rhythm section helps the twin fiddlers keep their crazy stuff between the ditches," he explained. Every community should have a Mardi Gras, as it lifts us out of our collective winter chill and lets our crazy stuff rise up and spill over those frozen February ditches. Signing off for now, Barbara "Fish Doctor" Blake
Gumbo Funbo

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