Monday, July 25, 2005

RS here. A little information about Nancy Dawson.

Cheoy Lee Clipper 42, built in Hong Kong 1970
Designed by A.E. Luders
LOD 42' 05"
LOA 50'
LWL 30'
Beam 12' 1"
Draft 5' 9"
Displacement 24,500 lb.
Sail Area approx. 1000 sq. ft.
Power 56 HP Yanmar, new 2004
Fuel 75 Gal.
Water 125 Gal.

This photo was taken on launch day last week, and spars will be stepped next week. All standing and running rigging is being renewed with new sails due 1st week in August. In fact virtually all systems have been, or are in the process of being replaced. I've been working steadily on it for the past 18 months, and the end is in sight, although at times somewhat dim. I'm just completing joiner work on interior renos, then onto some major rewiring and electronic installation. I'll update as progress is made, and eventually hope to find time for a detailed description of all modifications for those of you who may be interested.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Welcome to the Nancy Dawson blog: the assorted adventures of Randy Sherman, Susan Brown and Tom Eidt.

Nancy Dawson is the name of our boat, a 42' Cheoy Lee Clipper. It used to be called Winterhawk, but apparently someone else in Canada has registered a boat with the same name, so the white carved wooden bird of prey has come off the stern, and has been replaced with "Nancy Dawson." Many years ago, Randy was having another boat built (long story, never got built), and he had started carving a nameboard. "Nancy Dawson" was an actress during Lord Nelson's time, and the title of a popular ditty of the day. Nautical lore has it that said ditty was the tune piped to call the sailors for their rum ration. The tune sounds a lot like pop-goes-the-weasel, but it suits us. So he finished the nameboard after several decades, and when we re-launched last week, with proper ceremony and liberal splashings of Pussers Rum, we felt that the Nancy Dawson was happy to be in the water.

We've been planning this trip for about a year and a half. Most of the planning so far has involved ripping the boat to bits, tossing the contents of the house in and out of boxes, and spending money hand over fist. We are at the stage where we're all working seven days a week. Randy and I are falling into bed at 9:30 pm, beat to a snot, and then we lie awake from 1 to 4 going over all that we still have to accomplish before we can leave. I find time to buy lottery tickets.

Frequently asked questions:
Where are you going?
Can I come?
When are you leaving?

And the answers are "the Caribbean," "no," and "I don't know."

I'm still working full-time, so things should either get better (more time) or worse (less money) when I finish work early in August, but I should have time to update our progress, and post photos of the work on the boat. Nobody really wants to see the state of the house, do they?


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