We have completed the forehatch cover project. We are really happy with how it turned out. But for anyone thinking of making one, make sure that you measure from the deck, up to where the halyard will be holding it up and down to the deck again to get the full width. We measured along the deck and it's not as wide as I had wanted it to be, but it will work. Not that I'm wanting rain, but would be nice to see if it works like we hope. We have made it longer in the fore and aft direction so that it cover the head hatch too. Here are a couple photos.
|Forehatch cover from a distance|
|Bag just starting to put on cover|
|The loops are in place in their slots|
|Finished - 15" long|
|looking in the head door so you can see where it hangs|
We also spent some time with Phil's side of the family going to the Donovan Family Reunion - his first cousin Jean is a Donovan and she has 8 kids and anyone closely related comes. We were lucky to have Willy Rawlins sister, Kathy attend and she'll be 101 in November. Great to see and talk with her and she does look her age. It was also nice to see Kathleen, Brian and Mary Beth and Karen and Jerry from Wash D.C. and all the others. Here is a photo of the whole group.
|Donovan Family Reunion|
Phil has also completed making the frame to store the mast as we are going down the Erie Canal. We have decided to burn our name and the boat's name into the wood with the hot knife so that it's permanently attached in hopes to use the wood again on the return trip. It's worth a try anyway. Remember the old woodburning tools that we had as kid? That's just what it smells like when we use the hot knife.
|Phil at the bow support.|
|Mast Frame at the stern which he plans to keep there until not needed anymore|
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