Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Progress and New Gear

Bob Dollar of R&W Rope came to our shop to introduce us to the Liverpool Wire Splice. Books are helpful in the learning process, but something as complex as a Liverpool splice really needs a personal session to show the “art” in the task. Bob told “Bosun” Herb that he’ll need to practice, so as you can see him practicing this new craft below.

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Tools make all the difference, so Bob also brought us a splicing clamp which you can see here:

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Meanwhile, Bill has been working on our very complex spreader assembly. The inboard half of the Douglas Fir spreader is actually an I-beam and Bill is shown routing out the center section. He’s using our first non-laminated spreader as a router guide.

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PS: If anyone would be interested in learning how to splice, come visit us; you know where we are! If you wish to do some at-home research on it, Bob suggests going to thesquarerigger.com

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More Christmas Spirit!

Never turn your back on our “morale officer”, Keith. He always has something up his sleeve; he probably lies awake at night thinking about puns, tricks, and displays. Last week, he took one of our GI Joes on liberty to Cape Cod, only to return with it donned in Santa garments. We’d like to thank Keith’s wife Mary Jo for making the Santa outfit.

Speaking of dressing: would anyone be willing to make an outfit for Mrs. Iselin? We have a description of her sailor’s dress.

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Meanwhile, we’ve reach another major milestone on the project. On Tuesday, we fitted the last of our deck fittings in place; our deck is essentially complete, we just some touch-up to go, which we’ll do as part of the final wrap-up. These topmast running backstay staples were some of the several items plated by R. E. Sturdy and Co. They’ve been glued, riveted, and bolted into place to ensure they can carry the load.

Now we’re working at fittings for the boom and mast, the first of which has been fitted to the boom and temporarily to our stump mast. We still have some work to do on the goose neck assembly.

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As many of you know, RELIANCE was launched 177 days from receipt of order and delivered to the Iselin syndicate 194 days after masting, rigging, and sail testing. So, we’re about 150 scale man-days complete!

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New “Bling” for the RELIANCE

Burr made and delivered teak pads and their accompanying capstans a few days ago. Zach the intern¬†admired them so much that we put him to manual labor; now, we’ve got the three capstans firmly in place!

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The fourth of the capstans, complete with a crank handle, will be mounted starboard side, on the forward end of the boom. Imagine that: a deck winch attached to a boom!

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Deck the Hulls!

After a much needed Thanksgiving break to regain energy, we’ve returned to the RELIANCE Project with some lively holiday spirit. We decked out the RELIANCE model by putting a pole star on the unfinished mast. It lights up the shop pretty nicely!

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