P.O. Box 91
Gloucester, North Carolina
Notes from the Field - "Cherokee" Huckins Restoration Project
December 20, 2002
A Christmas tree seems to have sprouted on the hardtop, and already new cookware and galleyware
is piled underneath. Several overgrown children like to eat lunch up there in glow of the lights.
I'm Dreaming of a Huckins Christmas...
Leonard, earning "best dressed craftsman of the week" award and trying to impress
Santy Claus, is touching up a little spot to get it just right. (Santa's watching
you, Leonard.) Pictured to the right is the upper attachment block for the aluminum column that will
support the hard top at the rear of the pilot house. The orange string is used
to pull wiring through all of this support structure after it is in place.
Zoot Suit Recruit, Pilot House Corner
Welder Kevin Dumont is fitting his weldments in the pilot house (below left). The aluminum columns
are made of two-inch polished anodized pipe. These columns will provide most of the support
for the hard top roof, plus allow the many pairs of control cables and radar antennas to pass
from above to the helm below. Below right, the first two columns of the fly bridge stairway
are shown here with Steve Gilpin in the background making up more cables for the engine room.
Cherokee Begins to Gleam
Topsy and Turvy Working the Engine Room
Above, Steve and Leonard still try to fill every nook and cranny of the engine room with
stuff. Battery chargers, vanner equalizers, d-deck controllers, banks of batteries and backup banks
of batteries, battery switches, data cable, and hydraulic lines are just a few of the
things required to make everything work. Below, Chris customizes duct work in the guest
room, V-berth, laundry room, and the two heads forward. Divinycell left over from the hard
top construction was used to build register boots and manifolds for the air distribution
Chris Installing HVAC Duct
Recently, the five rooms and hallway forward have received the majority of the sanding
and painting effort.
Jeanette is shown here climbing out from below the rope locker. She, Kerry, Bill, and Chris
have been cleaning, masking off, and sanding the many grooves and beads in the ceiling.
Jeanette and Kerry Prepping and Painting
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the shed,
Not a creature
was stirring epoxy, I said; Dust masks were hung by the woodstove with care,
In hopes that the launch day soon would be near; The owner was nestled all snug
in his bed, While visions of Cherokee danced in his head;
Casey in his collar,
after downing a snack, Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out in the yard there arose such a clatter, He sprang from the floor in
hopes of food to get fatter, When, what to his sad hangdog eyes should come true,
But a miniature boatbuilder, and eight tiny crew, "Now, Norman! Now, Thomas! Now,
Jeanette and Chris! On, Leonard, you're doing a good job with this!
On William, On
Kerry, and Steve Gilpin too, Now sand away! Paint away! Work till you're through!
The builder was frisky, a right crazy old elf, Who could get the job done, in
spite of himself; Casey heard him exclaim as the Huckens he climbed, "HAPPY
CHRISTMAS TO ALL, I AM OUT OF MY MIND!"
Signing off for now, Barbara "Fish Doctor" Blake
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