This week has been a time of heavy grinding, stripping, clearing, and making way for the new. Jeanette and Robbin have been concentrating their efforts in the fo'c'sle.
Centuries ago the fo'c'sle was an above-deck castle housing archers ready for battle. Menhaden
fishermen had to sleep there fifty years ago, fishy water dripping on them all night long. This boat? Dry and comfy - there will be no need for suits
of armor or foul weather gear while sleeping.
Robbin, Jeanette, and John
As a first step in designing the interior space, Bryan and John are building "mock ups" in the master stateroom
of the bunks, sink and vanity,
staircases, closets, and head wall. The mock-ups lend a visual and spatial sense of what the "real thing"
will feel like. They also afford the opportunity to make changes.
Sink and Vanity Mock-Up
Casey Modeling Mock Bunk
In a small town like Gloucester, everybody knows or wants to know what you're up to. The Huckins project has attracted
the attention of fishermen pulling their boats out at Straits Railway, neighbors, dogs, friends, and boat
enthusiasts. Van Sellers sailed a twenty year old Blake-built gaff-rig work skiff into the cut this week. He took John, Bryan, Barbara and
Casey for a quick sunset cruise out around Marshallberg. It was a cool, purple fall evening, and we found ourselves in the
midst of rolling black dolphins. It was a nice reminder why boats are worth it. The busted tiller held together with duct-tape
was a reminder that boats are a pain in the *!#* and will never let you get too complacent.
Signing off for now, Barbara "Fish Doctor" Blake