Dan and Mary giving us the tour of our little ship. Water tight bulkheads and voids will double as storage for emergency gear. Voids in the bow. The keel and skegs will be lined with UHMW for anti chafe. Steven and his sister look on at the astonishing progress. Dan with the Ultra High Molecular […]Read more "The Passage maker in its final stages"
Isaac and Dan, working over the stern Here we are smoothing the fillets and prepping the bottom for glass. Dan has put extra ordinary effort into the tender. It was fun to help at this stage. Almost ready for the glass. Stevo found a saw…. Oh no! Here we are laying the glass and epoxy […]Read more "The tender gets a fiberglass bottom"
Steven Osborn strips wire from the pram bow for final tuning and placement. Steven first sailed the Gulf Of Alaska when he was 6 years old and has literally grown up on and around the water. He will be sailing from Kodiak Island to Nome this summer as crew aboard Empiricus. Many hands still make […]Read more "Crew members assemble and the tender takes shape."
Dans Garage has been dominated by the sailing dinghy. She has beautiful lines! This Thursday the crew will converge and give Dan some much needed help on this project. What shall we name it!? We are open to suggestions!Read more "The ships Carpenter makes progress"
/http://www.oceannavigator.com/January-February-2013/Sailing-Alaska-and-life/Read more "Captain Osborn’s Article makes it into "Ocean Navigator" magazine."
SAIL REPAIR CLASS STARTING THIS MONDAY! Captain Osborn is teaching a sail repair class at AVTEC Maritime Center in Seward Alaska. The dates are Monday Tuesday and Wednesday, October 15, 16 and 17. From 5 PM to 9 PM. The cost is $150.00 for all 3 nights. There is a 6 person maximum for this […]Read more "SAIL REPAIR CLASS"
The fresh waster system was plumbed in Pex to prevent freeze breakage. Dipping hose in boiling water makes fitting to a hose barb simple! The septic holding tank was converted to the main bilge. This 4″ deck plate will serve as emergency access, should we ever need to use an emergency de-watering pump. The hatch […]Read more "The final project push!"
Jay won a day sail on Empiricus at a raffle for the Alaska Cancer Care Alliance. She loved the bowsprit! Jay brought both her kids and her neighbor on the trip. Everyone got to helm a little. The weater was not sunny but it was still nice and fairly warm Capt. Osborn explains the basics […]Read more "Empiricus fights cancer!"
The mainsail flies quite well! After some tuning along the perils, those winkle went away. Making your own sails is hard work. But also rewarding and fun! Making near hull speed in 15 knots with everything up! Capt. Dale Plate at the helm for the first shakedown cruise. It was nice to sail with a […]Read more "Sea trials begin!"
A final trip up the rigging of Dawn Treader completes the barter and work trade between Captains. The water tank is done! The water tank hatches are clean and ready! Finally the hatches bolt on place. All the running blocks were soaked in linseed oil. Custom Stainless steel anchors were welded and bolted in place, […]Read more "3 days until launch. Much is complete. Much yet to do."