Friday, February 25, 2011

Lugger Trim

It has been slower going on the Lugger these last weeks. We have mostly been waiting for paint work to dry before turning the shop back into woodworking mode. We also got hit by six inches of snow near the shop which has made the commute tougher for me.

Bill took a couple shots of the new cove stripe done in Z Spar Grand Banks Beige. He also installed the oarlocks from Port Townsend Foundry.

Previous pictures can be found here.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Automated Life Jacket Detection for Drones

An Australian company, Sentient, that makes software for UAVs has added detection of small objects such as life jackets to it's Kestrel software. The software is currently used in military applications, maritime search and rescue and for thwarting piracy.

More information can be found here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lugger Flip Day

It was flip day for the boat today. A crew of five managed to manhandle her back onto the trailer.

The last two weeks have seen nine coats of paint go onto the topsides and five on the bottom. There were two coats of Mar-x-ite, four coats of Interlux Pre-Kote and three coats of Marshall's Cove Forrest Green enamel.

There is still a bit of touch up to do on the hull as well as adding a cove stripe and matching transom.

Previous pictures are here.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sister Lugger - Iceblink

We visited Iceblink yesterday. She is one of the Blue Heron Construction sister luggers built 20 to 25 years ago. The photos show a lot of details that will be useful in finishing our boat.

Things to note include:
  • The rudder collar and oarlocks need to be beefed up as both had cracked over time.
  • The boat can be difficult to bail quickly once swamped, so a good bilge pump is vital
  • The positioning of the stern oarlock for sculling is nice, but maybe low unless a curved Chinese style Yuloh oar is used.
Most of the rigging seemed to match the plans that we have, simplifying our installation.

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