Delaware River Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association August 2012

Delaware River Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association
Next Meeting:
March 2012
August 7, 2012
Open Boating @ 2 pm: Program at 6:30 pm
Union Lake Sailing and Tennis Club for Directions
August 2012
Maritime Museum-Monomy Surf Boats
By George Loos
Pond Boats
How to Cut a Diamond
By Mike Bill
I came to the TSCA and boatbuilding as a
recovering woodworker. I enjoy completing all
sorts of woodworking projects, including
nutcrackers, jewelry boxes, mantelpieces,
furniture and candlesticks. You name it. I would
never make it as a production cabinetmaker.
Too many right angles, too much of the same.
Building a boat requires the use of T-squares
and a variety of precision tools but you really
use them to establish a relative dimension or
location in space. You then shape the wood to
hit that mark. Rolling bevels, tapers, curves: all
fascinating and challenging.
Figure 1
Figure 2
At the most recent WoodenBoat Show, the staff
members of the Mystic shipyard were selling
offcuts from their various restoration projects,
with the money going towards completion of
“Charles W. Morgan”. Included in these gems
were pieces of live oak (from Katrina windfalls),
longleaf pine (planking), and probably most
unique, offcuts from the Charlestown,
Massachusetts stash of oak that has spent the
last century in the mud in Boston Harbor. This
wood was procured by the government for
eventual reuse on any restoration of the
“Constitution” and was uncovered during a
recent excavation there. Some of this wood has
indeed made it to the “Morgan”.
I’ve done a little wire brush work to remove
some of the remaining mud. Figure 3 and Figure
4 show the proposed templates for the breast
hook and knees. Do you see what I see? It was
cheap at twice the price, and already seasoned!
Figure 3
In looking thru the stacks, I found this oak
crotch, still bearing the government serial
numbers embossed in the end grain (Figure 1 &
Figure 2). What to most people would look like
firewood, I saw a potential diamond. This piece
of wood would be ideal for the fabrication of a
breast hook and a couple of thwart knees. What
I see in this wood may not be what anyone else
sees in it – that’s the beauty of liberating the
proverbial “Diamond” from the lump of coal.
Figure 4
This is a dingy waiting to be built. It will surely
have a story.
Hump Day on the Barnegat
By Pete Peters
To the young post adolescent man or woman
Hump Day is Wednesday, the middle of the
week, as one looks forward to the weekend. To
old TSCA sailors it means a great day of sailing
on the Barnegat.
On Wednesday July 11 we launched at Ocean
Gate Yacht Basin and sailed off at around 11:00
am. Eight brave (?) traditional small craft sailed
in calm waters and 8 knots of wind.
View of the Bay from Ocean Gate
Photo by John Smith
The prettiest boat award goes to Bill and
Susanne Tonnetti, who spend the summers in
Ocean City sailing a blue hulled strip planked
Melonseed that was built in North Carolina. She
carried a sprit rig that made the seed with two
passengers somewhat under sailed for the light
air. However, they stayed with the fleet as they
had their first Barnegat experience.
Fastest boat and highest pointing boat award
goes to Moggie. She ain’t pretty but Mike Wick
sailed her ahead of the rest of the fleet.
Pete and daughter Whitney
Photo by John Smith
Other awards for the day were shortest amount
of the time on the water and leakiest boat. Both
go to John Smith. Rather than the plunger
award, John gets the bilge pump award.
Bill and Susanne in Melonseed
Photo by John Smith
Another winner for the day was WAWA. Lunch
stop on Beach Island State Park, and WAWA
hoagies (named after the Hog Islander boat
builders) all around were the main course. The
best part (excluding the beer) was Meg Oeller’s
cookies. Goodbye South Beach, hello Island
Beach. She will be invited again and again to
join the floats.
Boats in the bay
Photo by John Smith
Dave Soltesz was screening candidates for the
Plunger Award. Fortunately none were to be
found, but, not to worry there will be other
Boats at dock
Doug Oeller (Comfort), Frank Stauss (Wind
Dancer), Paul Skalka (Red ???????) and I in
Obadiah all tied for the Best Traditional Catboat
of the day.
Photo by Dave Soltesz
Ken Tweed won the cleanest post sail washed
boat award. There were rumors that wood
simulated contact paper could be placed on the
hull of his Day Sailer to make her more
traditional, but that would wait for another day.
Ken Tweed on the water
A members and family only dinner at the Anchor
Inn ended the evening. We toasted the day and
made a pact to return the first Wednesday after
the Fourth of July next year.
Boats on the water
Photo by John Smith
Photo by Paul Skalka
If anyone asks what will we do when we retire,
(some already have) my answer is that on Hump
Days, I’ll be sailing on the Barnegat to Tices
Shoal and swimming in the Atlantic.
Jersey Rum Runner
A new boat joins the fleet of the Delaware River
Chapter of the TSCA. Ken Tweed has finished his
Cocktail Class Racer! Jersey Rum Runner was
built by Ken over this past winter. He will debut
his boat at the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat
Racing Association National Championships at
Rock Hall Yacht Club, August 18 & 19, 2012. Ken
will be participating in the 8 hp class.
WoodenBoat Show 2012
By Frank Stauss
Photos by Mike Bill
The annual WoodenBoat Show was held at the
Mystic Seaport from June 29 to July 1. Bright
sun, high temperatures and lots of boats and
boating stuff greeted the attendees. Our
chapter of the TSCA was well represented at this
year’s show. The group all got together after a
hot Saturday at the Seahorse Restaurant in
Noank for dinner where we all became properly
The first WoodenBoat show was held at
Newport, R.I., and through the years its ports of
call have included Southwest Harbor and
Rockland, Maine; Chesapeake Bay Maritime
Museum, St. Michaels, Md.; and the Michigan
Maritime Museum in South Haven. The show
has been at Mystic Seaport for the past six
years. It will once again return to Mystic in 2013.
The dates to circle on your calendar are
June 28 – 30.
Jackaroo, a Haven 12 1/2
By Mike Wick
Just what I need, a new boat when my collection
is already substantial. JACKAROO is just a
working title, but it is the nickname of the
newest grandchild, Jack Dempsey, so it may
stand the test of time.
She was listed on Craigslist, and the price was
right. At first I thought it was impossible. The
location of the boat herself was listed as BWI,
and how would I ever get a 16 foot boat home
from the British West Indies. A friend pointed
out that BWI also meant Baltimore Washington
International as in the airport. Sure enough, he
was right. Not such a bad delivery. At first I was
just on the list of potential buyers, but other
interested buyers found various reasons to back
out of the deal. They thought that she needed a
lot of work. It was true, she did but I had just
attended the Herreshoff Symposium and
listened to a full day of lectures about what was
possible about building and restoring Classic
Yachts. I had just finished building another boat
and was looking forward to taking a rest, but I
took the plunge. If you enjoy building boats,
there is nothing nicer than rolling out of bed,
stripping off the cover, and getting to work.
Once I got the Haven home and made a close
examination I found that, sometime in the past,
fresh water had been allowed to collect in the
bilge. I noticed that there were soft places in the
bedlogs of the centerboard trunk, so I stripped
her down to the bilge and used a Dremel tool to
clear away at the soft places. I’ve now epoxied
and painted the bilge so this problem won’t recur
on my watch.
Last year, five of us had spent lots of time
cruising the lower Chesapeake, boom tent
camping in a fleet of 15 footers. I sailed my two
different Melonseeds and they are very
seaworthy, but they are wet in the short little
seas of the afternoon Chesapeake Sou’wester.
Melonseeds are fine in the creeks and rivers but
they take a dusting whenever we round a
headland and have to stop and pump before
going on. My buddies keep a close eye on me
whenever it started to get a little rough. That’s
my excuse for needing a bigger boat, or at least a
dryer boat.
The interior is finished bright, and I will mostly
keep it that way, but in some places, mostly the
forward bulkhead, it had suffered and now was
the time for some paint. Pettit Sandtone looks
almost as good as varnish. My buddy John
England says “The best thing about varnish is that
it is so easy to paint over”.
Spars are a different story. Paint just wouldn’t
do, so I sanded them down to bare wood and
started with two coats of CPES, clear penetrating
epoxy system. It is supposed to fill the grain of
the wood so fewer coats of varnish are required
for a beautiful finish, and to bond the varnish top
coats to the bare wood. The catch is that it is
terrible stuff to work with. Just like nail polish
remover. Even working outside with a big fan
blowing the fumes away I still need a respirator if
I am to make sure I live long enough to ever sail
this fine new boat.
is too deep and doesn’t row as well as the
Melonseed. I can see his point. I hope to finish
her and race in the class of Herreshoff 12 ½’s and
her various clones in the Classic Boat Regatta at
Bristol in late August.
There are two serious vertical cracks in the
cockpit coaming, a beautiful 12 foot piece of bent
mahogany. The only true way to fix it is to
replace the whole piece, but, at least this year, I
will stop short. I’ve made a male/female mold of
the damaged section, dug out the cracks and
filled them with G-Flex epoxy. I will sand down
the whole area with a belt sander and sandwich
on a close match veneer. A belt sander is a crude
tool, but it gets right down to the coaming/deck
joint. That’s something that no router will do.
I am making good progress, and my household
tasks are suffering from delay. I need to paint the
porch, and I sometimes pass up some fine sailing
weather in my haste to get her done. But it is a
great luxury to walk out the back door and set to
work on my beautiful new boat.
I am scheduled to take my Melonseed to the
Small Reach Regatta in July and I asked if I could
bring this boat instead. Tom Jackson felt that she
Cat or Not-That Is the Question. You Be the Judge.
By Ned Asplundh & Frank Stauss
Ned writes: Attached photo is of an unusual, low-sheer Catboat that I came across at the docks in
Lionshead, Ontario (oh, the irony!), located near the bottom end of Georgian Bay, a great cruising area.
Its wishbone boom is made of 4" PVC pipe. Still looking for more info on the internet, but it seems that
the name "Sophrina" may have come form a local woman of the 19th Century.
Frank writes: Interesting boat but a Catboat? I don’t think so. What do you think?
Boat for Sale $4000
This boat is offered for sale by Woody Foster. It is beautiful re-done 1922 small wooden row/runabout.
The boat is 11’6” long. It comes with a re-built 1946 Mercury Wizard outboard engine with only two
hours of run time, oars and trailer. Interested buyers should contact Woody at 856-678-3369 or
[email protected]
Twenty years from now you will
be more disappointed by the things you
didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So
throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the
safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your
sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain
TSCA Meeting Notes
By Mike Bill Secretary
July 3, 2012
10 Attendees
Call to order @ 8:20 pm at Red Dragon CC by Pres. Ted Kilsdonk
June Minutes approved as printed in newsletter.
Committees Report:
“Marion” update – Pete Peters
o On trailer at Union Lake
 Sprit Rig in place
 Has dolly
 Leaks repaired
 There for club members to use
 Best to dry sail
 Should be tight enough for overnight mooring
Old Business
Newsletter –
o Send articles to Frank Stauss
o Send website links and podcasts with small boat themes for inclusion as well.
ISM – Whaleboat Construction – at risk kids & boatbuilding
o Invite Instructor to speak to Del. Riv. chapter
 Nicholas Pagon
 [email protected]
 215-413-8621
o ISM Matching Donation program “Lendfest”
 Motion (Peters/Bill) made to donate $500 to ISM in support of this program
 Vote to be held at August meeting
o ISM Membership
 Confirm donation to ISM for shop time/assistance with “Marion” (Paul Skalka)
 Pete to discuss with Carl Weissinger & Bruce McKenzie
New Business
Catboat Association Rendezvous
o 50 Anniversary – Catboat Assoc.
o Mystic Seaport, July 6-8.
o 100+ catboats to attend
Small Reach Regatta – end of July
o 49 entrants
o Mike Wick to participate
Barnegat Sail – July 11, 2012
o Leaves Ocean Gate (Bayville) 10am
o Call Pete Peters on cell if running late
“Marion Day”
o Saturday in later August @ Union Lake
Next Meeting – August 7
o Union Lake – Pond Boat races
Wood “Sunfish” available
o Built by Pete Peters & his father in 1964
o Built to Alcort plans
Plan for cross-river row for next July picnic
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.
Presentations – “Show & Tell”:
“Mosquito Curtain Co.” (netting)– John Smith
“Water Pistols”
“Portable Rope Locker” (large plastic jars)
“Kitten” (Bolger Gypsy) – Ted Kilsdonk
“Poly Line Uses/Splices” – Pete Peters
“Mesh reinforced 3M Caulk”
o Field repairs, actual use in sealing centerboard trunk leaks
By John Smith
This term is usually associated with silliness, or a Marx Brothers’ movie. Back in the days
when fiberglass was believed to be a cure all, it had another meaning. We had what, when we
had it, was an aging lap strake sailing dink. It had none of the spars, rudder, or other sailing
related parts and it was in need of considerable work.
Mom thought the best way to save it was to fiberglass the outside. The lap strake part
made this look difficult. She found what was called “Horsefeathers”. These were available
planks feathered to one edge, allowing them to be placed with the thick edge against the “lap”
and the smooth edge against the plank. In effect, making it no longer a lap strake hull but one
which lent itself much better to putting the fiberglass on.
This seemed like it worked well enough, but complaints of the weight of the repaired
boat were frequent. This was a good while before we built the “Dud” and it perhaps gained
weight from the planks absorbing water and keeping it. I remember the Horsefeathers, as that
became the name of the boat.
2012 Meeting Calendar
Tuesday Feb 7, 2012
Red Dragon Canoe Club, 7:30pm
Feature: Mick Wick presents using Sunbrella
fabric to sew boat covers.
Tuesday Aug 7, 2012
Union Lake Sailing and Tennis Club, 6:30pm
In the past, open boating has started at 2 pm
Feature: George Loos presents Cape May
Maritime Museum-Monomy Surf Boats.
Secondary Feature: Pond Boat Racing before the
Tuesday Mar 6, 2012
Red Dragon Canoe Club, 7:30pm
Show up early to help get set up
Feature: Annual Bid and Buy!
Tuesday Sep 4, 2012
Red Dragon Canoe Club, 7:30pm
Come early for open boating
Feature: TBD – please send suggestions to Ted,
Tom, or Frank.
Secondary feature: Final planning for the Sep 8
club Messabout
Tuesday April 3, 2012
Independence Seaport Museum, 7:30pm
Feature: Something hands-on. This will
probably involve steam bending and/or working
on Marion
Saturday Sep 8, 2012
Union Lake Sailing and Tennis Club, 9:00 am
Annual Messabout
Tuesday May 1, 2012
Red Dragon Canoe Club, 7:30pm
Arrive early for messing about in boats
Feature: TBD – please send suggestions to Ted,
Tom, or Frank.
Tuesday October 2, 2012
Red Dragon Canoe Club, 7:30pm
Feature: TBD – please send suggestions to Ted,
Tom, or Frank.
Secondary feature: Final planning for the MidAtlantic Small Craft Festival Oct 5-7.
Tuesday Jun 5, 2012
Union Lake Sailing and Tennis Club, 7:30
In the past, open sailing has started mid-day.
Feature: Alan Hedges & Floyd Beam, Building
the Pelican.
Tuesday November 6, 2012
Red Dragon Canoe Club, 7:30pm
Feature: TBD – please send suggestions to Ted,
Tom, or Frank.
Tuesday Jul 3, 2012
Red Dragon Canoe Club, 5:30pm
In the past, open boating has started mid-day
Feature: TBD – please send suggestions to Ted,
Tom, or Frank.
Secondary feature: Annual cookout and picnic.
Additional topic: Discussing the July 11 Barnegat
Bay Sail
Tuesday Dec 4, 2012
The Gallery Restaurant, Burlington NJ, 6:00pm
start, 7:00pm dinner
Feature: Food, fun, friendship, prizes!
Delaware River Chapter
From the Snuggery
By Frank Stauss
On June 30 while attending the
WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, I received a
phone call that no boater who keeps their
boat on a mooring or a dock ever wants
to receive. Tom Shephard who was also
attending the show called to say that he
had been in contact with his son and John
Guidera back in N.J. They reported that a
tremendous thunderstorm had marched
through Southern N.J. during the early
morning hours. Winds reported to be in
excess of 80 mph had cut a wide swath
through the area. Trees were down by
the hundreds. Power was cut to hundreds
of thousands. John Guidera reported that
there were problems at Union Lake, one
specifically that affected me. My Core
Sound 17 had been blown over onto its
side and sunk. Tom said that John, his
wife and daughter, Floyd Beam and some
people I did not know righted the boat
and emptied it of all water. While now in
an upright position the boat listed for
some reason to starboard. Mary and I
decided to cut our vacation short by one
day and headed home on Sunday. When
we arrived at the lake we found that
Mother Nature had shown her wrath to
the area. We also found the Core Sound
floating but still listing to starboard, even
though there was no visible water in it.
After a careful inspection I discovered
that the starboard watertight
compartment I constructed was not quite
watertight. While the boat was on its side
the compartment filled with water and
stayed that way when righted. I emptied
the compartment with a small drilled hole
and the boat once again floated correctly.
It is nice to know that when a problem
arises I have so many friends willing to
help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Chapter President:
Ted Kilsdonk
[email protected]
Chapter Vice President:
Frank Stauss
[email protected]
Mike Bill
[email protected]
Pail Skalka
[email protected]
Newsletter Editor:
Frank Stauss
[email protected]