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Gloucester, North Carolina
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Figuring Angles for Vanity
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
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