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Notes from the Field - "Cherokee" Huckins Restoration Project
August 29, 2003
The Cherokee work facility is now the creek itself, as she's been sitting dockside since early July.
How strange to realize the vessel is slightly moving while the crew works away! Advantages of a watery
berth include getting to test out the engines (although the shake-down cruise has not happened yet).
Disadvantages include FishDoc dropping the digital camera overboard. Below are the newly installed
stantions, which will hold the mahogany railing to help prevent people from dropping overboard.
The air-conditioning system is up and running, much to the crew's satisfaction on these stifling
August days. Below, Casey welcomes us aboard from the stern of the boat, hoping his sweet sad eyes and wagging tail will inspire at least
one person to let him inside the cool cabin. To the right is an inside shot of the double doors, still
with protective paper over the glass. The shelf to the right of the doors holds the guest sign-in book,
and to the right of that is the stairwell leading down to the master stateroom and guest quarters.
Double Doors to Pilot House
Directly through the double doors we come to the pilot house console. Tom Parker
is building and installing all the mahogany trimwork around the wheelbench (dashboard) and the
companionway to the galley.
Trimming Out the Wheelbench and Companionway
To the left of Tom are the stairs leading down to the galley area. The final paint has
been applied to the ceiling since we last checked in, and bottom right shows Steve Gilpin
installing the last ceiling light. The black ring near Steve's hands is one of the
surround-sound speakers that have been installed by Bill "Surround Sound" Brown.
Galley Ceiling Work
Below deck, the flooring has been installed in the heads. The remaining floors in the staterooms
and hallways will be plush with carpet. Carpeting, of course, will be one of the last items to be
installed to avoid staining and scuffing by messy work dudes and dogs.
Above, Bryan and Tom are helping Chris decide how to best terminate the wainscoting edge
against the door casing. The wainscoting along the hallway area will be varnished.
Squeezing past them and stepping up into the galley area again, we turn and see that
the shelfing on either side of the stairs is cut, varnished, and fitted.
Notice that the new windows are installed as well.
Below, Tom Darden's mother, Lynn Darden, thanks Casey for the tour.
Mrs. Darden and Casey
In the north coast Peruvian fishing village of Santa Rosa, how stark was
the contrast between houses and boats. The town itself was so poor that many of the dwellings
were simply woven reed mats strung together to make four walls. The dirt roads were full of
potholes, and everything seemed to be in a state of abandoned construction or decay. The taxi
driver thought we were crazy for wanting to come there, but then agreed to "show us a few boats."
He drove out onto the beach, and there we saw an amazing fleet of large wooden anchoveta boats,
beached and ready to get rolled into the sea. Most were freshly painted - the one below was fished by
Jhon and his son Angel, with crew. Like our menhaden industry, anchovies are processed into meal
and oil, but these guys use one purse boat instead of two, and rely more on sonar than spotter
pilots. I wish I could have understood every enthusiastic word they told me while showing us around the
boat. Next time I will! Jhon asked me how to say his son's name in English (in Spanish it's pronounced 'Ahn-hel'), and
as we left they were saying, Angel, Angel, Angel... Signing off for now, Barbara "Fish Doctor" Blake
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