This week Spring finally showed signs of Summer, warm and humid. Not wanting fires going all day long there’s more time for the many projects at hand. I got started on lofting my recreation of Strange design #61. Also, Friday (May 27) Sea Harmony’s masts came out of the spar loft and I drove the booms and gaff to the coast. With the masts down I could get the rigging set up and touch up varnish. Yesterday (May 28) the big crane lifted the main mast and lowered it into step, with Toby the rigger and me guiding crane and stick. Then yard man Tom, Toby and I lifted the mizzen into place. Earlier Toby had said, “You’re easy, we just get the masts stepped and then you spend the next 6 hours getting all the rest of the rigging set up.” Blow me down if he wasn’t spot on. It was hot in the sun, even with the sea breeze kicking in to keep the air cool. So, by 3:30 Sea Harmony was back on her mooring, bare of canvas but looking ready to sail. I like to let the boat adjust to the rig for a week before sailing so now’s the time to put the newsletter together. I’ve also been to Mystic Seaport a couple of times the last month measuring a dinghy in their collection, to produce plans for building with students later this summer.
IN THE WATER MEET
Our annual meet afloat is Friday 26 to Sunday 28 (or even Monday 29) August, on the Walton Backwaters in Essex. Robert Westling (Charm) has offered to make arrangements. Now would be the time to make arrangements if you plan to attend. Lots of fun and good (however Strange) company. Good sailing too. More details will follow.
FROM OUR TECHNICAL SECRETARY
Rick Powell, our Technical Secretary, has written a book on The Canoe Yawl, to be published in early August, and covering the type from its origins to its current and well-deserved resurgence in popularity. Click the cover image below for more details.
We will remind you nearer the time of publication; meanwhile, here are a couple of items which ended up on the cutting-room floor, related to an early cruise by Albert Strange which, pre-dating his involvement with the canoe yawl, didn't qualify for inclusion. Firstly, Tony Watts' lovely watercolour of the vessel involved, Quest:
... and secondly, we thought you might like to read Strange's account of the cruise itself. To read it please click here.
CHARM back in commission
Robert Westling writes:
Charm spent the winter in Pete Clay's tent at Larkman's yard in Woodbridge being worked on by the team there, in particular James Palmer. I'm really happy with the work they did, and appreciate Pete offering the use of his tent there. It's likely she will spend next winter there as well.
The following work was completed this year:
• rubbing strakes, toe rails, cabin sides, and other deck mounted wood was taken down to raw wood and new varnish built up
• she received a new bronze windlass in a new location just behind the sampson post, along with a new chain box below
• new deck paint
• new topside paint
• new boom crutch and deck mounts
• removal of mizzen sheet nut and bolt on underside of counter
• change to green antifoul (which I think looks very elegant)
• cabin ceiling painted a nice glossy antique white
• new bronze mushroom vent on the counter
• new bronze vent with glass lite above the fo'c'sle (brings lot's of light and air into the fo'c'sle)
• new bronze gammon iron from Colin Frake
• new bronze horse and deck eyes for the main sheet from Colin
• new hatch, overall covers, and mast boots from Steve Hall
• increase of pitch cartridge for Darglow feathering prop (which seemed to improve her speed through the water)
More pictures of her trip from the shed to her mooring on the Walton Channel can be seen here: Charm 2016
My son came down from Edinburgh to crew for me. We left Larkman's at HW on Saturday the 21st around 12:30 (a near full spring tide the day of the full moon). We arrived at Ramsholt at 14:30 and were directed to a mooring by George. Wind over tide was producing a decent chop, but we were able to pick up our target with minimal fuss. After relaxing for a spell, we head in and spent the balance of the afternoon at the Ramsholt Inn where we had dinner and watched the dusk settle in. We got back to Charm just ahead of a heavy downpour and had a wonderfully cozy night of rain pattering on the cabin top. In the morning we had breakfast and then head to the Deben entry. I had called John White on Saturday to get the best time to leave, but he is on holiday, so I talked to Stephen Read who suggested with Charm's draft we could leave 2.5 hours ahead of HW at 13:00.
We left the Ramsholt mooring at 09:30 planning to arrive at the Deben buoy after 10:30. This meant a slow meander down the Deben which was very peaceful indeed. We arrived at Horse Sands at 10:30 and the Deben buoy at 10:45. The current was very strong both before and after the buoy, but began to lesson as we approached the cottages. We were making just over a knot with 2,500 rpm, but this only lasted for 10-15 minutes. Once past the cottages she begin to pick up speed, and we had no issues at all with the buoys at the entry. In fact I had expected to crab along to counteract the current from North to South, but we were able to hold the transit with only a small amount of crabbing.
Once beyond Woodbridge Haven we picked up the current and toward Harwich and moved along nicely. We arrived at the designated yacht crossing point at 12:00, crossed the shipping channel, and head for Pye End. Seas were near flat as there was very little wind on Sunday, and what wind there was was right out of the south. We arrived at stone point just at HW at 13:00 and were on her mooring at 13:30 as the yachts in the channel began to swing. A fun and successful delivery. It would have been nice to sail for some of it, but my son was not keen as he has little or no experience and I was mostly interested in getting her safely onto her mooring.
Next year, new sails and covers in 9oz clipper canvas, masts and spars taken down to raw wood and re-varnished, and a number of interior alterations. (last year she got all new blocks by Colin Frake, and running rigging in English Braids buff rope.)
I hope to see you on the water later this year.
[Charm is a beauty, and sister to Sea Harmony]
Recently taken over by our Chairman Dick Wynne, Leona has now moved from Humberside to Woodbridge. Leona is a near sister to AS design #61 that I have been working on, according to Rick Powell. Here’s a picture of her loading for the journey:
SCARBOROUGH AGM 2017 WEEKEND — ACCOMMODATION
John Hobson writes:
Book your accommodation early as there are other events, including 'Coastival', taking place in Scarborough at the same time as the AGM. Suggested hotels within easy walking distance of meeting venue Woodend and the Art Gallery, where we have an exhibition, are:
I have traced the owners of 29 Westbourne Grove regarding the possibility of a Blue Plaque to commemorate Albert Strange on their property. They write “...we would be delighted to accommodate your request to have a plaque on the wall of 29 Westbourne Grove. It would be a privilege to honour the memory of such a distinguished person as Albert Strange, thank you for bringing this interesting information to our attention…"
We need an entry to be accepted in the Dictionary of National Biography before we can proceed further.
AS GREETING CARDS
Russell Read writes:
Packs of 12 of these high-quality greetings cards, featuring six different reproductions of Albert's watercolours, of (mainly) nautical scenes, and consisting of two each of all six, will very soon be available. See our next newsletter for full details. They will be modestly priced at around £15 per pack, post free in the UK, with a discount for paid-up members of the ASA. When I get a firm price for the UK postage I will also ask for overseas costs.
Thanks to Judy and Pat in Oregon with Tally Ho
Finally, Judy May Lopez wrote to say that our poster that has been identifying Tally Ho where she is covered ashore at Brookings, Oregon had deteriorated and she had undertaken to have a replacement made. Pat Kellis (who has been keeping up our contact with the Port of Brooking, paying our bills, and built Tally Ho’s cradle and cover) will be hanging the new poster. Thanks much!
The old poster:
Thad Danielson, ASA Honorary Secretary
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