Paul Calder

Mast Step Repairs with the Telltales Sailing Collective (Part 2: What is the ‘correct’ repair?)

19 Sep
Mast step structure exposed

Well, we’ve got the mast step on the Telltales Sailing Collective’s first boat opened right up and now we’re deciding how to put it back together. Working on boats I often find this the hardest part of the repair- there are so many materials and approaches available that it can be overwhelming, especially in a case like this where there is no ‘standard approach.’

The fiberglass we cut away to expose the internal structure

Fortunately with a little critical thought we came up with the correct repair. In the first case, mild steel has no place ...

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Mast Step Repairs with the Telltales Sailing Collective (Part 2: What is the ‘correct’ repair?)

19 Sep
Mast step structure exposed

Well, we’ve got the mast step on the Telltales Sailing Collective’s first boat opened right up and now we’re deciding how to put it back together. Working on boats I often find this the hardest part of the repair- there are so many materials and approaches available that it can be overwhelming, especially in a case like this where there is no ‘standard approach.’

The fiberglass we cut away to expose the internal structure

Fortunately with a little critical thought we came up with the correct repair. In the first case, mild steel has no place ...

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Mast Step Repairs with the Telltales Sailing Collective

15 Sep
Yep folks, that’s forty-year-old mild steel holding up the mast!

I’ve written before about bizarre and highly questionable design elements in 1970’s Cape Dorys (Side note: I always hesitate when I pluralize Cape Dory, like I want to write ‘Cape Dories’ but I know that isn’t actually right). Now that the Telltales Sailing Collective  has been given a nearly identical Cape Dory 27 I’m getting a trip down memory lane. But I’m pleasantly surprised to find that this time around is a little different. That rebar and mild steel isn’t pretty and from a technical perspective it’s fairly artless but ...

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Mast Step Repairs with the Telltales Sailing Collective

15 Sep
Yep folks, that’s forty-year-old mild steel holding up the mast!

I’ve written before about bizarre and highly questionable design elements in 1970’s Cape Dorys (Side note: I always hesitate when I pluralize Cape Dory, like I want to write ‘Cape Dories’ but I know that isn’t actually right). Now that the Telltales Sailing Collective  has been given a nearly identical Cape Dory 27 I’m getting a trip down memory lane. But I’m pleasantly surprised to find that this time around is a little different. That rebar and mild steel isn’t pretty and from a technical perspective it’s fairly artless but ...

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More about the boat collective

9 Aug

A little while back I mentioned that we’ve started a sailing collective here in New Orleans, but I haven’t said much about it yet other than to intoduce the boat, a Cape Dory 27 nearly identical to my CD28. It’s not yet in the water but it is inching its way in that direction as our newly minted collective learns about and embarks on the handful of repairs we need to make before launch day. The biggest task at the moment is a bottom job, one of the most miserable things on any diy sailor’s to-do list, but many ...
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More about the boat collective

9 Aug

A little while back I mentioned that we’ve started a sailing collective here in New Orleans, but I haven’t said much about it yet other than to intoduce the boat, a Cape Dory 27 nearly identical to my CD28. It’s not yet in the water but it is inching its way in that direction as our newly minted collective learns about and embarks on the handful of repairs we need to make before launch day. The biggest task at the moment is a bottom job, one of the most miserable things on any diy sailor’s to-do list, but many ...
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The Outlaw Sea in NYTimes

30 Jul
Simon Ager/Sea Shepherd Global via NYTimes

Has anyone been following this series in the New York Times about the ‘Outlaw Ocean‘? It’s some of the best reporting I’ve ever read about the oceans by one of the last few papers which has the budget for this kind of reporting. The series reports on smuggling, illegal fishing, abusive working conditions and forced labor, even slavery and murder and paints a damning picture of wide scale abuses in shipping and fishing industries. It’s also full of riveting stories, like the chase of the Thunder, where a vigilante ...

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The Outlaw Sea in NYTimes

30 Jul
Simon Ager/Sea Shepherd Global via NYTimes

Has anyone been following this series in the New York Times about the ‘Outlaw Ocean‘? It’s some of the best reporting I’ve ever read about the oceans by one of the last few papers which has the budget for this kind of reporting. The series reports on smuggling, illegal fishing, abusive working conditions and forced labor, even slavery and murder and paints a damning picture of wide scale abuses in shipping and fishing industries. It’s also full of riveting stories, like the chase of the Thunder, where a vigilante ...

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A Very Warm Welcome in Burtonport, Ireland

28 Jun
Nada at anchor outside of Burtonport Harbor

Let me tell you about Burtonport, a small fishing village on Ireland’s most hospitably inhospitable NW coast. The village is a small cluster of houses, big enough for a doctor’s office and a pub but not a grocers. This actually good-sized for the northwest of Ireland, where craggy cliffs jutting hundreds of feet up out of deep water and prevailing onshore winds make viable ports few and far between. That’s the inhospitable part: this couple hundred miles of storm-wracked coastline is so nautically infamous that you can pick up a map marking four-hundred-odd ...

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A Very Warm Welcome in Burtonport, Ireland

28 Jun
Nada at anchor outside of Burtonport Harbor

Let me tell you about Burtonport, a small fishing village on Ireland’s most hospitably inhospitable NW coast. The village is a small cluster of houses, big enough for a doctor’s office and a pub but not a grocers. This actually good-sized for the northwest of Ireland, where craggy cliffs jutting hundreds of feet up out of deep water and prevailing onshore winds make viable ports few and far between. That’s the inhospitable part: this couple hundred miles of storm-wracked coastline is so nautically infamous that you can pick up a map marking four-hundred-odd ...

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