P.O. Box 91
Gloucester, North Carolina
Notes from the Field - "Cherokee" Huckins Restoration Project
January 15, 2002
Cherokee survived her first snowfall in North Carolina, and is rearing to go
for the new year as the crew prepares her deck for eventual teaking. The first
layer of the the original deck was removed piece by piece. The remaining deck was
then coated with epoxy twice, sanded, and fared. Next will come a layer of fiberglass.
"It's important we get the sub-deck perfectly level and smooth for when we lay down
the teak," said Leonard. "But we won't lay the teak until late in the project so
it'll stay free and clean of paint, dust, and glue."
A Snowy View from the Huckins Site
The top layer of plywood was not removed in the area where the deck boxes go. Since they will be painted white, there's no need to use expensive
teak under them. The teak will be put down in areas that are visible. In the picture below, one of the two layers of 3/8 plywood has been
removed. The remaining layer will be fiberglassed completely (the back portion in the picture
is already glassed) and will then receive a 3/8 inch teak deck on top.
Epoxied Deck and Box Base
Bill Brown, having good, fastidious work habits, suggested that a tent be pitched
over the engine room
work area. Happy in this dust-free environment, he has made much progress
with the fuel system, and ignores his new nickname "Bubble Boy". His tent
is depicted below, with Bill Davis sanding the deck in the foreground and Stuart
mixing putty to the left. Meanwhile, Leonard sand blasted the engine valve covers,
and Bud applied three fresh coats of paint.
Bill's Tent, Engine Valve Covers
Tom Parker, Jim, Stuart, and Norm are making headway below deck. Stuart is shown below sanding
red putty in the shower/tub area. The putty was applied to fiberglass over plywood, and
after sanding it will be painted. Tom is working in the master stateroom and guest heads. In
the master stateroom shown below, Tom is dry-fitting pieces of the vanity before final gluing.
Stuart in Tub, Tom in Vanity Site
A Supporting Jack
In the top picture above, a jack is shown that supports one of the two headers that run
from bulkhead to bulkhead in the forward end of the boat. The horizontal mahogany strip
will support the track for the pocket door. The next picture shows
the two 1 X 3 oak headers that run down the hallway. These headers will
help to stiffen the foredeck in case a dinghy is carried there. Below, Norm is
applying his 110 volt thinking-cap mechanism and remembers to mask the bunk in
preparation of paint.
Norm Gets an Idea, and Commences to Mask the Bunk in Preparation of Paint
Have you every stayed awake at night wondering what role iron and phytoplankton
play in regulating the earth's climate? At least 76 scientists have, including
Duke professor Dick Barber of Gloucester and his assistant Anna Hilting of Marshallberg.
They're part of the "iron gang" who have just embarked on a three-ship, six week
Antarctic Southern Ocean expedition. They will seed the ocean, just north and south of the
Antarctic Polar Front Zone, with several thousand pounds of iron sulfate, creating
"fields" upon which they can test the Iron Hypothesis: do changes in iron concentration
of the Southern Ocean control glacial cycles? Has an increased flow of iron been
responsible for creating ice ages in the past? Will these crazy iron-pumping scientists make it
snow for us again, or at least unlock important secrets pertaining to climatic change
and global warming? And which will happen first - the launching of the Cherokee or the
melting of the polar ice caps? Stay tuned with Anna's Antarctic Adventure
page - you can find her link stuck next to the WestSystem Epoxy logo on our
homepage from now until their electric socks run low on batteries and they come home!
Signing off for now, Barbara "Fish Doctor" Blake
Fertilizing an Angry Southern Ocean with Iron
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