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Notes from the Field - "Cherokee" Huckins Restoration Project

October 9, 2002   The October days finally became sunny and dry enough for George Brown to bring his crane in and lift the hardtop onto the Cherokee. The crew helped ease it into position, and set it down in place. Now the top is getting adjusted and attached permanently.

Open wide...
Transporting the Hardtop

Now seal it with a Tupperware burp... Casey, here's your drool bib!
Easing In and Setting Up


Kerry, Jeremy and Bill continue to sand, varnish and paint interior cabinets and rooms. They're also sanding and priming the bead board walls in the forward bunk.

building a better mousetrap...
Kerry Sanding Bedside Table for Master Stateroom


The bunk in the master stateroom is in place. Mike Sasser from Coastal Canvas is shown below figuring upholstery measurements and styles with Bryan.

should they sleep horizontally or vertically? do the funky bunky
Bunk Work in Master Stateroom


Tom Parker has made a lot of progress on the wet bar area, which includes not only trimming out the cabinets but installing a large aluminum base that will support the hard top.


On my knees before the bar again...
Wet Bar


Martha Stewart... eat your heart out!
Galley Counter, Fridges, Dishwasher and Stove


Below Casey models the curvaceous galley entry way. The stairs enter into the galley from the portside and take a luxurious sweep toward the center of the room. Note hardtop in background!

hmmmm, forward to the kitchen or backward to my bowl?
Dog in Stairway to Galley

FishDoc heard two unusual comments from fishermen recently. One came from Willy Phillips of Full Circle Crab Company in Tyrrell County when asked to forecast the Autumn crab season. "We're afraid landings are picking up," he said. "Which is the worst thing that could happen right now." Why? Imported Asian swimming crab has undercut prices, causing the over fifty crab picking houses in Eastern Carolina to dwindle to four and leaving crabbers worried that they'll have a bountiful product that cannot be sold or moved. The other unusual comment came from Tilman Gray of Avon Seafood, after he listened to a biologist give a report on the recovery and good health of gray trout. "Well where are they, then?" Gray asked. "Your models say the fish are there, but we've not seen 'em." Fishermen are always contradicting scientists whose models show stock depletions ("Wait a minute, we've seen more red drum this year..."), but how often do the fish show up in a computer but not in the ocean? Signing off for now, Barbara "Fish Doctor" Blake
That's All, Folks!

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