Side Story: Getting my bottom cleaned is a bit of a problem. Hingham Shipyard Marinas will not allow a diver to clean the bottom at my slip. Nor do they have the capacity to lift my boat. So, due to some insurance issue on the marina's side, or a policy to force the boaters to use their lift for bottom cleaning, I am forced to leave the marina and anchor off Grape Island. But that adds complication. Bobby and I have to coordinate weather and tide. If he could clean the bottom at the slip life would be easy. At Marina Jack in Sarasota, the number one marina in the USA (i.e., Dockage Magazine's Marina of the Year 2015), they allow bottom cleaning at the dock and supply the divers,
Back to the story. Turns out we were both caught in the same traffic jam, which was a coincidence. Bob was calling to check progress on our Sarasota to Hingham voyage. During the conversation Bob said he was headed to his cousin's home just over the bridge in Weymouth to watch the process of removing a 44 foot sailboat that his cousin had built - I repeat built by his own hand over 17 years - from the "garage" (shed - call it what you will). Would I like to see the boat?
You've got to be kidding. Of course was my answer was YES and Bob provided the address. After dropping Diana off at the boat I headed over to see the sailboat.
I arrived around 12:00 PM, met Chris Ready, Bob's cousin, and was blown away with the project.
|The sailboat sits in the shed awaiting removal|
Notice the wooden boards used a a ramp for trailer tires (more on this later)
Chris is a 52 years old semi-retired carpenter who was schooled as a boat builder. Building the boat is a dream that he has made come true.
|Bobby Swartz and boat builder Chris Ready pose with the boat|
The boat is currently 90% complete. Finishing the project includes installing a 10,000 pound lead keel (fabricated in Rhode Island), which is waiting for the boat in North Carolina, and then fiber glassing the hull and topsides. That will be followed by installing the mast, boom, shrouds and stays, railing and running gear (shaft and propeller). Finally, the fiber-glassed hull and topsides will be painted.
Chris was forced to move the unfinished boat due the sale of his mother's home. The yet unnamed boat is headed for North Carolina where Chris will have a 12 month building season.
I asked Chris what was involved in building the hull and how did he bend the 1" mahogany planking to create a smooth hull. He explain that very little bending was needed due to the spacing of the bulkheads. Essentially, he laid the keel and then installed the vertical bulkheads. The planks were then installed one at a time. The hull has a very smooth finish as you can see in the photos.
|View of planks attached to stringers|
|Certified Marine Transport trailer parked in front of the Ready residence|
|transport trailer in position to begin loading|
|The transport is backed as far as she can go without jacking the stern|
|Chris removing the forward keel support|
|Removing the port aft hull support.|
Notice the blue jack stand supporting the boat's weight
|Now you see the starboard support beam|
|Now you don't|
|Jack stand supporting the stern. The wooden supports are about to be removed|
|Bryan using hydraulic levers to lower the transport for movement further aft|
|Chris watching as Bryan slides the transport further back|
|My contribution to the project|
"Hey Chris. You may want to put level the steps to the driveway
|The transport will have to go over the stairs so the hull doesn't contact the shed's sides|
Hence the boards over the lower stair
|Chris and Bryan confer minutes before the move|
|The bow emerges|
|We pause to assess the next move|
Notice the proximity of the truck to the house
|Bryan makes some final adjustments|
|The "baby" is born|
|Empty shed after 17 years|
|She's out! Now will she clear the house?|
|All clear. Now what about that uneven area? Will she tip?|
|Will she make it?|
|She's safely on the street. Awaiting transfer to the larger trailer.|
|Putting the jack stands back in position|
Bryan's team starting the process of removing the temporary transport trailer
|Chris, relatives, friends and transport crew pose for a victory photo|
Written by Les