|Anatomy of a Block|
When I bought Desiree, she came in several pieces - some of them identifiable even by someone with only a passing familiarity to boats. The hull, mast, wheel and sails all fit into that category. Then there are several pieces that are identifiable only in what they are - not where they go or how they go together. Locker doors, drawers, teak cup holders, handrails and more are all in that category. However, the king of this second group has no equal when it comes to the blocks.
Lignum Vitae: The Tree of Life
|Blocks awaiting assembly|
At any rate, Desiree boasts 22 blocks made of the stuff - only 3 of which I'm certain of their location and another 4 of which I'm only "reasonably" certain. After that, it's kind of a crap shoot. I am banking on some photos and schematics along with my not-so-novice knowledge of traditional gaff rigged vessels to get them all in the correct place. Frankly, I'd be shocked if a fair amount of "trial and error" didn't seep into this - probably enough error to result in a mistrial.
|Boom block down to the essentials|
On the one hand, this was a huge time saver as it made it easier to varnish the shells. On the other, it has made putting them all back together an advanced exercise in spatial mechanics.
|Tag 'em and Bag 'em|
|Shrunken Heads (Staysail Club on right)|
I did not sand in between each coat, as the goal here was to get several coats of varnish on these shells as quickly as possible. As in many things (such as this blog), perfection can be the enemy of the good. At any rate, ten coats later, we're ready to put these together.
During the assembly process, it became obvious that more than once, the tang (or screws or pin or sheave) for one shell was in the bag belonging to another shell. Not a big deal, really, but it did slow the process down while I found the correct match with all the excitement of an archaeological dig.
|#3 completely apart|
Some shells, like #3 here, came apart completely. So, back to shop for that one.
On the whole, however, most everything was together. Of 22 blocks,
|Boom Block ready to Go|
|Greetings from my yard|
In New England, we are experiencing our third straight snowfall in as many weeks. While we don't have a monopoly on cold conditions this year, working in the boatyard in sub 25 degree temperatures gets old real fast.
When that's the case, it is nice to have plenty indoor work to do.