Wednesday, April 16, 2014

English Harbor and Fort Berkely

After our stroll around Nelson's Dockyard, we decided to hike out to Fort Berkely at the mouth of English Harbor.

Another cannon.  This one was pretty kewl with engravings from the cannon maker and all.

What can we shoot?  Oh look, a powerboat!

We took a different trail back to Falmouth Harbor.  I don't remember the official trail name but it should have been called goat trail as there were a ton of goats all along as we hiked.
Tom  and the entrance to English Harbor 
There were more ruins from another fort or watch tower.
The inner part of English Harbor
Above you can see why English Harbor is such a terrific hurricane hole.

English Harbor and Nelson's Dockyard

We took the 10 minute walk over to English Harbor so we could check out historic Nelson's Dockyard.  This was the main port for the British Fleet in the 1600's through 1800's.  Many years later, they were falling in ruins when someone decided it would be important to preserve this historic site.

Above is the remains of the sail loft.  Oh yeah.....I was totally thinking "YES, this would be an awesome spot for Sabrina's Sail Loft if ever I was to set up a permanent shop off s/v Honey Ryder.  Fat chance of that but it's fun to think about.

Above is now a very, very nice hotel.

Anchors and cannons everywhere.

Seriously, would freak if you saw all the cannons.  They are everywhere.

Most of the buildings are put to good use as various businesses such as Sunsail Charters, A & F Sails loft, hotel, couple of restaurants, a cafe, customs/immigration/port authority, marina office and such.  This is nice as it's not as touristy.

The above were used back in the day to careen the British naval ships so they could clean and work on the bottom of the boats.

This is the modern sail loft in the dockyard today.  Lately they have been working overtime as the Oyster World Cruising Rally ending here with some aggressive sailing during their port regatta....meaning ripped and shredded sails.  Additionally Classics Race week starts April 18th - thus busy place.  I never get tired of peeking in various sail loft.  So very kewl!

So this is the man himself - Horatio Nelson.  Look closely at the hat in his hand.  Apparently his left eye  (I think) was damage during some sort of battle.  He eyesight was affected.  Doctors outfitted his hat with a green visor to help with his visor issue.  Can you see it in the pic?  I wonder if the writers of Star Trek got the idea for Jordy's visor from Nelson?  FYI - there is a nice little museum in the dockyard.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Honey Ryder Projects - Stateroom Shelves

Right side with the cleats for the shelves already installed
In our forward stateroom, there is a big hanging locker with two doors.  Cruisers don't hang many clothes.  Most are crammed into very small spaces!  The previous owner used the closet rod to hang cloth selves like those they advertise for teenagers gym lockers.  That was good enough to get us going.  However I always had in the back of my head to convert this locker to permanent shelves.  I happened to casually mention this idea to Tom - "Someday we should probably take a look at making real shelves."  Tom went to investigate.  "Oh my gosh.  There is a ton of unused space behind these cloth shelves!  We aren't even using all the space in here that we could be using!"  Tom hates unused space on a sailboat and has made finding extra space a new hobby - see Head Access Panels.  
Tom and Thomo - seriously!  Check the sign
Meet Thomo.  He is a local craftsman who does terrific woodworking.  We stopped by his shop behind the Catamaran Club to see if 1.)  He could do shelves for us.  2.) Would be interested in doing shelves for us.  There are SO many mega yachts here that keep the local craftsmen busy with refits, that they often don't have time or interest in small projects.  Thomo said yes to both questions.
Top shelf had to be in 2 pieces for installation purposes

Tom brought Thomo out to s/v Honey Ryder and he went straight to work making the pattern for each shelf.  Tom watched intently over Thomo's shoulder, quietly learning.  The space is not symmetrical at all and has several little grooves that cut in and out here and there.  "The pattern is key" said Thomo and he treated it as so at the end of the day, carefully lifting and carrying the patterns with him as if they were a delicate ship model.    

Tom sanding the shelves prior to painting them
Once the shelves were completed and double checked for fit, Tom set about to finishing them.  He decided to do that to save some $$.  Thomo didn't mind and let Tom use his shop to sand and paint.
Cutting holes for the bottom, lift out shelf
Left over teak edge trim from Tom's galley shelf project was the perfect finish for the front of the shelves.

Almost done - only the fronts missing
The project was completed.  The only thing left was to figure out who got what space.  Tom didn't realize until this project that I had given him the right side of the locker previously and that it was quite a bit bigger than the left side.  We decided he would take the top shelf, I would take the middle and we would split the bottom shelf.
We are very pleased with the end result.  It gives us quite a bit more space.  I might have to go shopping for more clothes - just kidding!