Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22 Restoration Project
Sail #3282  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

The never-ending project to fill my hole in the ocean while bailing it out

Season 07 is officially launched -- let the work begin!

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Sailing Season 2007 was officially launched for me today when I uncovered Chip Ahoy from its winter hibernation beneath its tarps.  As winters go, this past one was very bad, but I'm nonetheless thrilled that it's behind us at last and life moves on.  (Mar. 31, 2007)

Though it's still cool (low 50s for a high today), at least the sun was out and the weather has no snow in its forecast, only a slow and steady warming.  Yesterday I uncovered Wally Riddle's "Carpe Diem" (in the background), which I'm soon going to buy from him, for his newer trailer; then sell "Carpe Diem" on my older trailer.

Once the tarps were stored away until next fall, I removed Chip Ahoy's PVC skeleton frame and stored its "bones" away as well.

We're ready to roll back out front of the house for another spring of maintenance, repairs, and more upgrades -- let the work and fun begin!  (Mar. 31, 2007)

Today I moved Chip Ahoy out to the front of the house, ready for the work to begin.  It's really starting to feel like spring in New England at last!  Eventually I want to pull Carpe Diem (in the left background) out to where Chip Ahoy sat for the winter, once I buy it from Wally.  (Apr. 1, 2007)

Ah well, what can we expect for spring in New England?  It's been overcast and chilly (in the 30s and low-40s) since the day after I moved Chip Ahoy out front, occasionally raining.  The wood stove is working fulltime again.  Yesterday and last night the rain turned to light hail and sleet, then a dusting of snow.  (Apr. 5, 2007)

This morning my buddy Vaughn McGrath ("French Curves") came by and lent a hand taking Chip Ahoy's mast off the boat and setting it on the sawhorses alongside, making work on both easier in the weeks ahead; the next step in Season 2007.  This season's projects begin today with removal of the handrails to make room for the new rope clutches and perhaps winches.  We also got "Chip Mate," the dinghy, uncovered and moved out front:  work on it too is ahead before I can again subject it to the seasonal rough-and-tumble of the town dinghy dock down the street.  (Apr. 7, 2007)

The first step in installing the new Spinlock XAS/2 power clutches was to remove the handrails along the top of the cabin, so I can cut off one rung on each side to make room for them.  Easier said than done I learned.  (Apr. 7, 2007)

The Rope Clutches Project

"Red in the morning, sailors take warning; red at night, sailors delight," the old nautical saying goes -- and this morning's pre-dawn was awfully red.  We've got a nasty blow coming, "one of the 5 or 10 the most powerful nor'easters in 50 years, the weathermen are predicting.  (Apr. 15, 2007)

See "The Patriots Day Nor'easter"

The weather has finally broken, the rain has stopped, it's sunny today and -- about 70 if you can believe it! First thing this morning, I added the new jaw-clamps and stainless steel O-rings to the bow pulpit, the 1/4" line I had spliced into one of them.  (The starboard side line clipped to the pulpit is my anchor trip line, applied when an anchoring situation warrants it:  I tie a fender to the free end for retrieval.  The carabiner end clips to the twist shackle on the anchor.)  Apr. 21, 2007

This should neatly solve the problem of securing  my Delta anchor from the pulpit while on my mooring, prevent another accident from loose knots in nasty weather.  (Note the damage to the bow from the anchor after the last knot slippage!)  Then, it was on to the Rope Clutches Project, also completed today.

-- See the anchor attached --

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It's never-ending ... but Sailing Season '07 has officially begun!

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