Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dandy Progress

The work on our Abaco Dinghy Dandy has been progressing. Dave has been making and installing the pieces of mahogany to make the stringers stronger.

He also made some beautiful name boards out of the same wood, for the transom of the boat. He plans on carving in the name and port (Hope Town) eventually.

After I dug out the old wood putty that covered the bronze screws attaching the transom to the wood planks, Dave tightened all the screws up, making it more secure. It will still need to be caulked to make it water tight.

My next project will be to sand all these floorboards and ready them for painting. There's some cool windy weather in the forecast, so the conditions will be great for this type of work.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gone Sailing

Photo by Catherine Allin

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rough Start

Yesterday was the first Sunfish race of the season and the wind was howling. Sometimes it gusted up to 20 knots, which was right on the verge of cancelling the three race series. 12 boats came out to accept the challenge, but Dave was in the back of the fleet, finishing 10th overall. He was just glad to be out there after recovering from the flu, stuck it out until the end, and didn't flip his boat.

I was able to watch it all from the race committee boat, while keeping track of the finishers and doing the scoring. I worked with our amazing friend Di, who is 85 years old, still lives on her catamaran in the harbor, and even crosses the gulf stream. She is so fact her points addition was better and faster than mine!

Still a good day on the water, but hopefully next time it won't be quite so windy.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Part of our volunteer projects has been to investigate the possibility of fixing the upper pulley and installing a new halyard on the lighthouse flagpole. Remember this from a few years ago?

That's obviously never going to happen again, so Dave had to come with a plan that could make it so that anyone could service the aluminum pole. The original flagpole was shorter and made out of wood. A slot was made in the base, and it had a tabernacle so it could be raised and lowered with the aid of two fixed points and a block and tackle or come-along. Today we checked to see how far down the concrete base it went, and whether the base was solid concrete, or perhaps part of it was just concrete building blocks. First Dave drilled a hole into the pole and put down a wire to see how deep it went all the way to the bottom, about four feet.

Then he drilled holes in the concrete in the top and side of the slot...unfortunately it's solid and would need to be jackhammered to access it.

The next quandary is how could this flagpole be lowered the first time to put a tabernacle on it? It is tall and on the side of a rocky hill. Definitely not a job for the volunteers!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Can You Find Him?

While we recover from the flu...yes, Dave caught it also...we get great pleasure from watching our hummingbirds on the porch. We have at least one male and female Cuban Emerald, but also a pair of rare to the Bahamas, Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. Can you find the male sitting in the trees, waiting to chase other 'intruders' away?

I believe this is the female at the feeder around the holidays. The lights never even bothered them.

I know the photos aren't the greatest but these fast little birds sure are hard to capture 'on film'. I swear they know when I have the camera out and they quickly disappear.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

An Impressive Sight

Dave raced on the Abaco Rage yesterday and although they came in last, everyone had a great time. Dave is now the bowman and helps with the jib.

 (Above photos by Will Heyer)

The winds were so light that a couple of the boats even dropped out. Not the Rage though, with that huge mainsail. They even sailed into and through the harbor.

What a sight to see as they maneuver through all the moored boats!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Our first full moon dinghy drift of the winter season was much smaller than last spring's record setting one. This time about 20 boats showed up, so it was much easier passing the appetizers around... and you would be guaranteed to get your dishes back! We were a little worried all day because it was windy, but by sunset there was barely a breeze.

The full moon peeked out from behind the clouds and lit up the whole harbor, making a great end to the evening.