P.O. Box 91
Gloucester, North Carolina
Notes from the Field - "Cherokee" Huckins Restoration Project
June 30, 2001
Summer is starting to bake in, and the Cherokee project is heating
up as well. All the fans in the world can't cool Bryan's excitement as he begins
planning the layout for the forward staterooms and heads. He's a maniac with the
blue tape, charting out placement for berths, closets, sinks, toilets, and escape
hatches. "I want the layout to be both space efficient and comfortable," he remarked.
"The new hatches are for safety, but serve to ventilate the staterooms as well, if
someone wants to feel the ocean breeze from below." Bryan does his deep thinking
from a chair high in the rafters. Famous designer Howard Chapelle wrote
that every boatbuilder should have a "moaning chair" from which "the boat can be
easily seen and the builder can sit, smoke, chew, drink, or swear as the
moment demands...here he can lay out his work."
Bryan in his Thinking Chair,
Marking the Stateroom Area Layout
Jeanette can relate to George Clooney who kept repeating, "We're in a tight
in Brother Where Art Thou. She has been sanding the hull on the inside of the cabinets, which entailed
stuffing herself into a very tight hole for hours at a time. She's happy to report
that she has finished this daunting task, and now the entire V-berth is prepped
for paint. When complemented on her stamina and perserverance at this job, she
explained, "I'm the only one who could fit."
Jeanette Sanding in a Tight Spot
The men in the white suits and masks are not from the Center for Disease Control,
but are Leonard and the New Guys (Bud and Jon). They are undertaking the final
faring on the engine room, before it's painted. This involves slathering on faring
compound, aka putty, and sanding it slick and straight. Leonard, who has taken to
jumping in the creek during lunch break, reports that they have almost completed
The busiest place at the Cherokee facility these days seems to
be the glue station, where epoxy is mixed and faring compound is prepared.
Below, Norm is in the process of placing faring compound on the aft bulkhead
of the master stateroom. This will then be board-sanded flat and smooth as, well,
Bill Brown, forever in the septic end of things, has installed the greywater and
blackwater tanks. He is also planning the discharge side of the plumbing for sinks
and showers, which will be placed beneath the deck toilets.
Bill Brown Installing Wastewater Tanks
Wall panels of Cherokee's interior are getting sanded and
fared flat while outside of the boat. This facilitates production, resulting
in faster work and cooler employees. Other exterior work includes Jeff Heyland's
Fared Wall Panels, New Bumpers on Forward Starboard Side
Jim, deep in the interior, is making a perimeter for the aft guestroom floor hatch,
which will allow
access to the plumbing and air conditioning tubing running from
the compressors back into the engine room.
Lloyd Pigott's father Mack was down at the railway the other evening with his
dog Zipper. Bryan, after moving to Gloucester from Harkers Island, worked with
Mack years ago when Lloyd was still in diapers. Lloyd is named after Mack's
father, who built the railway in the 1960s. Although smaller than the
now defunct M.W. Willis' boatyard and railway of Marshallberg, Straits Railway
has stayed busy and served the local fishermen
continuously for almost fifty years. Gloucester was named by a Pigott - Eloise
Pigott's father-in-law Joseph Pigott was a captain who ran schooners from the
West Indies to New England. He wanted his community (then considered part of Straits)
to have a post office, but couldn't petition for one until the village had a name.
He always liked Gloucester, Massachusetts, and the rest is history. And that's just
a small part of the Pigott legacy in this shady corner of Down East.
Signing off for now, Barbara "Fish Doctor" Blake
Mack Pigott and Zipper
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