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Monday, April 9, 2012

Gary & James joined AFAD to work on the North Shore Sailing Dinghy And saw Delaware show Her beauty as a 100 year old Tug Boat at CBMM

This family is close in during this shot.  Notice that they stayed away when Jenn first picked up the chain saw to the black locust that will be the knees on the North Shore Sailing Dinghy.

Cutting & steaming sassafras frames made the shop smell like sarsaparilla or root beer.  Last week Barry was visiting from the mid-west & said that would make this boat a "root beer float".

Jenn is using the chain saw on black locust.
Gary Holdredge is up next with a power planer as an AFAD boat builder.

They are both scaring (keeping) the other visitors far away.
In the meantime, Doc John & Bernie are working on the breasthook.

James Delaguila is using a few tools that aren't available in his Jersey City apartment.  He's shaping a knee with AFAD volunteer Mary Sue Traynelis.

John & Bernie try to find a piece from what Jenn was opening in raw black locust.

James uses the ship saw while Mary Sue guides the process & Chris works at the next jig for creating a mast.

James with a hand plane.  Chris on a modern chop saw.

Doc John & Bernie consider the fit.
The bow takes shape.
Tug boat Delaware is taken for a ride in celebration of her 100th year.

We AFAD participants are often distracted by many interesting events at CBMM.

The boat yard crew shows off Delaware's lines as a tug that looks great.

Delaware is still going at 100


  1. So disappointed I can't make it down for any more days of AFAD this season! Best of luck and hope to see you in the near future!

  2. That's really team work! It's just great watching something come to shape and finally made to use. And, Tug boat Delaware looks majestic as ever!