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Blog series by shipwright updated 05-31-2017 07:40 AM 14 parts 45587 reads 383 comments total

Part 1: A matter of scale: Friendship vs Warrior

10-01-2013 04:50 PM by shipwright | 36 comments »

I had the opportunity a couple of days ago to visit the historic naval dockyards at Portsmouth and to visit some of the great British warships preserved there. For a wood boat builder, the new Mary Rose exhibit is truly amazing as is the walk through of the Victory but for sheer wow factor it’s very hard to beat the Warrior. Built in 1860, she was the biggest, fastest and most powerful battleship ever to have been built. Restored to her full glory she is truly a wonder to behold. ...

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Part 2: Ghost Ship, (why I've been away from the shop)

07-04-2013 04:26 PM by shipwright | 27 comments »

I’ve been playing a fair amount of hooky from the shop recently and these videos will stand as my excuse. Friendship and several of her adornments are LJ projects so I guess although sailing isn’t a woodworking topic I can sneak them in as ”how the project works” videos. These were taken yesterday on beautiful Cowichan Bay BC upon whose shores I have the great good fortune to live. There was a 10 to 15 Kn breeze along with a few whitecaps and beautiful sunny skies. ...

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Part 3: A Quiet Moment

06-04-2014 05:09 PM by shipwright | 20 comments »

I’ve been almost invisible here for a couple of weeks but I have an excuse. There hasn’t been much woodworking going on in the shop. (Click photo for video) I’ve posted more thrilling rides in the past but there are moments like this one that are just as amazing. I am so lucky to have this at my doorstep. Thanks for looking Paul

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Part 4: Time For an Adventure

06-20-2014 12:43 AM by shipwright | 43 comments »

I’m going to be away from LJs for about three weeks if things go as planned. For several months now a few of my friends and I have been planning a cruise about 100 miles north (from Cowichan Bay, my home) to Desolation Sound. The plan is to leave here on Sat the 21st, take about three weeks and end at the annual Sucia Island small boat rendezvous in the San Juan Islands in mid July. Two of the participants started early having sailed up this far from Oregon. One came up from Astoria ...

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Part 5: I'm Ba-aaack. Part one: The Desolation Sound leg

07-18-2014 04:09 AM by shipwright | 34 comments »

The trip to Desolation Sound actually took only eighteen days, due largely to good weather and some scheduling requirements but was an amazing success. Most nights were spent at peaceful anchorages and most days were spent sailing although the motors were used when necessary and marinas were welcomed occasionally for showers and laundry. (and oh yes, ice cream)Here is the route for the trip. If anyone knows how to post this as an active Google Earth file, it has all my photos geo-tagged on it...

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Part 6: Art that Floats: Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2014

09-12-2014 04:21 PM by shipwright | 27 comments »

Fine woodworking is not all about beautiful boxes and handsome furniture. Some of my favourite examples of fine woodworking float and transport their owners to far away places to boot. Last weekend I had the pleasure to take part in the annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Here are a few of my photos. This is an overview of about a quarter of the festival area. ......... tens of thousands of fine fits and joints out there. Thousands of them right here. A small part o...

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Part 7: Cowichan Bay Regatta from My Deck

08-02-2015 12:02 AM by shipwright | 15 comments »

(That is the front deck of the house not my boat.) Every year on BC Day weekend we are treated to a major sailing event that we can watch from our front deck. The Cow Bay Regatta as it is known draws hundreds of sailors on seventy to a hundred boats. They come from all around southern BC and northern Wa. There is constant action to watch with a new race starting every few minutes on Saturday and Sunday. Here are a few shots I took this afternoon. In the last photo a small...

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Part 8: Shipwreck

09-04-2015 06:48 AM by shipwright | 31 comments »

Last Saturday we had a huge wind storm around the BC / Washington coast. BC hydro had more people without power than ever in history. ..... and sadly one of the the boats that made the voyage to Desolation Sound with Friendship last year was driven onto the beach at Port Townsend. Belle Starr anchored with Friendship in Blind Bay last year, a happier time. Here she was Saturday afternoon as salvage crews dragged her out to deeper water where she sank to await calmer seas the ne...

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Part 9: Repairing Belle Starr

10-14-2015 06:11 AM by shipwright | 29 comments »

When Belle Starr was driven onto the beach in a fierce storm last month many would have written her off and in the current used boat market they should have been right. Repairs as extensive as these could easily run far beyond the sale value of the boat. ...... but her owner, my good friend Michael, is a clever boat builder and with a little help from his friends has her well on her way to a full recovery. This is where we left her after I helped him for a couple of days last month. ...

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Part 10: Belle Starr Update, Progress on the Repairs

02-01-2016 03:47 AM by shipwright | 22 comments »

Winter is not the best time to be repairing a shipwrecked sailboat in the Pacific Northwest but my sailing buddy and fellow boatbuilder Michael has been plugging away whenever the weather and his other commitments would allow.When I last checked in we had got the big hull damage closed up and there were just a few small holes left. September October January I am pleased to report that she is now all sealed up and pretty much ready for paint both inside and out. The paint, ...

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Part 11: Belle Starr repairs ... Update

03-31-2016 04:00 AM by shipwright | 32 comments »

The weather has been good in th e Pacific Northwest and Micheal has been able to get all the rest of the little dings and scrapes repaired and the interior completely rebuilt. The biggest part of the remaining work is the exterior painting now. He says he hopes to make it to our small boat rendezvous in Montague Harbour in May. It will be good to see her on the water again.Here are some photos of the repaired interior that Michael just sent me along with a couple to remind you of how it looke...

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Part 12: Best Belle Starr Update Yet!

04-12-2016 06:53 PM by shipwright | 20 comments »

Don’t need many words here. September Now Lots of hard work by my friend Michael. Congratulations on a job well done Micheal! The next update will be the last and will feature a photo of Friendship and Belle Starr anchoring together once again, just like this little series started. BTW if anyone is interested in rowing, sailing, or building small boats, check out Michael’s excellent blog at it is a wonderful assembly of inf...

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Part 13: Final Update: Friendship and Belle Starr together again at anchor

06-03-2016 03:50 PM by shipwright | 34 comments »

No words required here….. just smiles. One more of the beautiful area I get to sail in …. Trincomali Channel from Wallace Island, Canadian Gulf Islands, B.C. That’s a wrap on the Belle Starr shipwreck story. Everybody loves a happy ending. Thanks for looking in, Paul

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Part 14: Small Boat Rendezvous at Montague Harbour

05-31-2017 07:40 AM by shipwright | 13 comments »

I started going to this rendezvous in 2010 and this year’s was the best turnout I’ve seen. Lots of sun, friends, food, a small amount of wine, and several small boats. I arrived Thursday after a decent sail from Cowichan Bay. The big day was Saturday culminating with a night at the Hummingbird pub. Sunday we went our various ways, four of us spending the night in the beautiful and peaceful Annette Inlet on Prevost Island.The sail home on Monday was marked by big wind (~20 kn) for ...

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