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Monday, May 28, 2012

AFAD progress April-May

The North Shore Sailing Dinghy has really taken on a beautiful shape. We can tell in the Apprentice For A Day program (AFAD) when people passing through tell us: "It's beginning to look like a boat."  That happened in late April.  Dan Sutherland, the Master Boatbuilder who lead AFAD for five years, got us started on this craft in January. We continue in his honor. "Miss B" should be in the water in June.  Although the images are not shown below, the mast, boom and sprit for the gunter rig are in the paint shop getting varnish. The squares have been rounded.

The other AFAD project completed is the Smith Island Skiff for the Dunston family. Her name "Gug" now appears on the transom. This boat will give them a fun way to explore the local waters in Talbot County and beyond.

There are other AFAD visitors and volunteers who have contributed to the progress of these vessels.  If anyone wants to contribute more photos, we'd be glad to add them to this narrative.

Casey, Chris, James & Doc John glue up two pieces of Douglass fir for the mast. They are cut offs from Rosie Parks, the Bronza Parks skipjack under restoration at CBMM.

James & Doc check the joint for the mast. No gaps.

The North Shore Dinghy gets seats

AFAD particiant James Monfort seals the deal

"Looks like a boat" ... with Spanish cedar transom, mahogany keel and white cedar planking

Bob Baker's model, courtesy of daughter Sarah, sits on the keel of the AFAD version

The oak stem will stand out against the painted cedar, now with primer

The transom & metalwork will shine

Casey admires the locust knees and painted interior

One more Smith Island Skiff finished with her name "Gug"

With new metal work, the rudder & tiller are fitted

Sanded brightwork and primed planks await paint after all seats are fastened

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