The main activity of the day in the shop was caulking. Each of the plank and batten seams needed to be reefed in preparation for caulking, and then filled with cotton fiber nearly to the surface. The next step will be surfacing the seams with seam compound prior to painting the bottom and the topsides. Newt, Bruce, and Charles reefed and hammered, while Jeff primed and Lee prepared balls of cotton to keep the caulkers supplied. We managed to caulk the entire boat in one day.
|Newt caulks the garboard seam.|
|Jeff follows with a brush, painting primer over the cotton,|
|Charles takes a crack at making square wood round again.|
|Two masts (on right) and a boom (in the middle). The boom has been oiled.|
Off to the side, Huffin has gotten her new transom top. The transom looks great, and will look even better with a few coats of varnish. Then, back into the water she goes for another summer of rowing.
|Huffin sporting her newly repaired transom.|
|Amistad begins to drop sail as she turns past the USS New Jersey.|
|Under power, turning to back in to the dock.|
|Welcome to Philadelphia!|