P.O. Box 91
Gloucester, North Carolina
Notes from the Field - "Cherokee" Huckins Restoration Project
August 30, 2001
Summer's end is upon us, signalled by the whirling cicadas who've emerged from
their seventeen year underground grublife only to mate and die. The Cherokee crew
is busy as an octopus with all hands on deck, below deck, and everywhere in between. Speaking
of the deck, Jeff Heyland has begun laying new decking in areas that are finished below.
He also completed the new bumpers. The guys below finished the grueling task of sanding the
microballoon layer on the bottom of the boat.
Laying Down the Deck, Inspecting Faring Job
Norm and Jeanette cut and installed interior insulation in the aft cabin. The
insulation was fitted behind the wall panels, which were fabricated, sanded, and painted
Cutting and Fitting Insulation in Aft Cabin
The waterjets have been installed temporarily - the port jet in the picture below
has the reversing bucket in place. Jim and Bill are fitting the engine
mounts and marking the bolt pattern for the permanent installation.
Exterior View of Waterjets
Bill and Jim are shown below holding a mock-up profile of the engine with a new
oil pan configuration. The photo on the right shows Bill and Leonard lining the two
jets up on parallel center lines and measuring for the exact location of the motor mounts.
The round green object is a mock-up of one of the mufflers.
Engine Room Mock-Ups and Fittings
Jim finished sanding the surfaces of the noise-reducing engine intakes.
All the baffles are installed. Jim continues to prep for the final covering panel.
Meet the latest member of the crew - Stewart Wild. He's a first class sander,
and boy has he has come to the right place. Here Stewart is shown sanding the
Stewart's Handiwork in the V-Berth
Fish Doc and friends have been taking advantage of the dog days by doing some
kayaking. Last week we paddled from Marshallberg to Core Banks in water smooth
as jello. We couldn't find Codd's Creek like we had planned, but drifted
into a cove full of funky seabirds and flighty fish. As we languished along, wishing
we had brought lunch, a large wing sliced up from the water and flapped back.
Core Sound was loaded with scallops, and this creature was a big skate enjoying
its lunch, sucking the bivalves up like a vacuum cleaner. The menhaden spotter
pilots sometimes see giant schools of skates along the beaches, blackening
the waters and rolling in the surf. Fishermen always hope scallop season opens
before the elasmo-hoovers eat their fill and leave nothing in their wake. Our neighbor
Marvin, who clams every day, reports that sure enough, just in the last couple of days
have completely wiped out the scallops, leaving "nary a shell." That does not bode well
for the short but sometimes lucrative Christmas bay scallop season.
Signing off for now, Barbara "Fish Doctor" Blake
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