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Calling Rusty Junk, over...I am hauled out in Bellingham and wondering if she has hit the road to her launch site?  Hope he is otay, must admit watching the train wreck was entertaining and no fucking fake TBI thrown in for drama.

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I’m wondering why he didn’t just buy a shipping container and bash the corners in a bit. 

I'm 3 1/2 hours by sailboat to Bellingham from the Islands, I will ask around when I am in Bellingham to launch and pick up my boat first of the week and see if I can junior detective any pertinent in

Well, I have 35 years boatbuilding experience, and I enjoy watching this project simply because I have absolutely no fucking idea what he is doing.

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29 minutes ago, dylan winter said:

Roger, of this parish, who was doing an astonishing job on his centaur, ended up cutting his eight year project into tiny pieces.

Now that was a tragedy.

 

A tragedy and, perhaps, a cry for help?

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2 hours ago, Sail4beer said:

Yeah, your right. 
 

85% completely fucked 

 

Nah, it is 125% completely fucked, it is fractally fucked.  But maybe it is 85% painted.

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7 hours ago, Sail4beer said:

But, wasn’t it like 85 percent complete?

Well, he should be able to sell it then.

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5 hours ago, dylan winter said:

Roger, of this parish, who was doing an astonishing job on his centaur, ended up cutting his eight year project into tiny pieces.

Now that was a tragedy.

It was indeed a tragedy.  Roger's work was outstanding.

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Just to clarify, do we know anything past his last video, which I just re-watched? In that post from October 2020, he gave up on the idea of sailing from Bellingham to BC and Alaska for now, as the border continues to be closed, so was planning to drive around the US in his new-to-him VW camper. He never said he was abandoning the project, and I do think his tenacity, like his ability to move heavy things solo, is not to be underestimated.   I'm not surprised he hasn't made any camping videos as editing on the road is hard, but that doesn't mean he's given up, so when the border does open, I would implore @zenmasterfred and our other Bellingham friends to keep an eagle eye out for SV Rusty Junk. I'm sure I'm not alone in being desperately interested in how, and how well this vessel will float. 

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2 hours ago, Foiling Optimist said:

I'm sure I'm not alone in being desperately interested in how, and how well if this vessel will float. 

Call me an optimist.

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I'm 3 1/2 hours by sailboat to Bellingham from the Islands, I will ask around when I am in Bellingham to launch and pick up my boat first of the week and see if I can junior detective any pertinent information to keep the anarchy nation , which I know is on the edges of their seats, updated.  If I am able to find the RJ and can get close enough for a spy photo I will sacrifice myself for the greater good.

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8 hours ago, zenmasterfred said:

I'm 3 1/2 hours by sailboat to Bellingham from the Islands, I will ask around when I am in Bellingham to launch and pick up my boat first of the week and see if I can junior detective any pertinent information to keep the anarchy nation , which I know is on the edges of their seats, updated.  If I am able to find the RJ and can get close enough for a spy photo I will sacrifice myself for the greater good.

You're a credit to this community, Fred. 

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9 hours ago, zenmasterfred said:

I'm 3 1/2 hours by sailboat to Bellingham from the Islands, I will ask around when I am in Bellingham to launch and pick up my boat first of the week and see if I can junior detective any pertinent information to keep the anarchy nation , which I know is on the edges of their seats, updated.  If I am able to find the RJ and can get close enough for a spy photo I will sacrifice myself for the greater good.

This reminds me of a story about a guy building a massive wooden boat on his property somewhere in the San Juans.  Massive, as in 80 ft or so - can’t recall exactly.  I think it was an article in a local community newspaper, but it was several years ago at this point.  Perhaps someone has heard of it - certainly before the Modern Era of commonly chronicling one’s copious efforts on YouTube.

May have been Orcas Island...that sticks in my mind for some reason.  Guy’s last name may have been Applebe?  Again, just going in memory. And it was a very large wooden boat -70, 80 or more feet long.  I seem to recall the article mentioned some hair brained scheme to roll it very far from his inland property on logs...perhaps those in the Friends of Rusty Junk community will know this one :-)  Or perhaps he’s already down in Mexico/Polynesia with a bevy of beauties onboard as crew having the last laugh :-)

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1 hour ago, Jud - s/v Sputnik said:

This reminds me of a story about a guy building a massive wooden boat on his property somewhere in the San Juans.  Massive, as in 80 ft or so - can’t recall exactly.  I think it was an article in a local community newspaper, but it was several years ago at this point.  Perhaps someone has heard of it - certainly before the Modern Era of commonly chronicling one’s copious efforts on YouTube.

May have been Orcas Island...that sticks in my mind for some reason.  Guy’s last name may have been Applebe?  Again, just going in memory. And it was a very large wooden boat -70, 80 or more feet long.  I seem to recall the article mentioned some hair brained scheme to roll it very far from his inland property on logs...perhaps those in the Friends of Rusty Junk community will know this one :-)  Or perhaps he’s already down in Mexico/Polynesia with a bevy of beauties onboard as crew having the last laugh :-)

Back in the days of ferro a guy built a ferro hull on the top of Eagle island in West Van.

I remember a picture of it being slid down the hill with block & tackle.

Enchanting Residence Nestled on Eagle Island | Spectacular Coastline Views  - YouTube

 

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9 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

Back in the days of ferro a guy built a ferro hull on the top of Eagle island in West Van.

I remember a picture of it being slid down the hill with block & tackle.

Enchanting Residence Nestled on Eagle Island | Spectacular Coastline Views  - YouTube

 

That’s a cool story!   Back when Eagle Island was a bit more backwoodsy, and less West Vanny :-). I would absolutely love to see a pic of that  ring skidded down.  Was that in the 1970s? 80s?

(I did some electrical work on a lady’s house there a few years ago - a prof at a local university.  Suitably eccentric, in a lovable sort of the way —as you might expect someone living in a weird/cool little island like that :-) everyone with his/her own private barge boat.)

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14 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

It was late 60's or early 70's - the heyday of ferro here.

@SloopJonB

You’ll like this - I just posted a question on our local community Facebook page to a guy who grew up locally - asking if he knew this boat story on Eagle Island you mentioned.

His reply below.  Great story!  (Separately, wonder if anyone here who knows the publishing industry could suggest a publisher for the books they’re planning?  Sounds pretty fun and interesting.)

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Very early 70s a guy in Cape Town bought a cheap block of rural land a few hours drive inland to build a 60ft ferro boat. It had the "pirate ship" clipper bow and his plan was to rig it as a brigantine and circumnavigate. He was living in a small caravan while he worked on the boat. 

Many years passed, and eventually he had a completed bare hull. He got a local  ferro expert to check it out. Acting on the expert's advice, he made a concrete slab, hired a crane to turn the hull upside-down, and cut a few doorways and windows to turn it into a house.

I wonder if it's still there............

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22 minutes ago, Happy said:

Very early 70s a guy in Cape Town bought a cheap block of rural land a few hours drive inland to build a 60ft ferro boat. It had the "pirate ship" clipper bow and his plan was to rig it as a brigantine and circumnavigate. He was living in a small caravan while he worked on the boat. 

Many years passed, and eventually he had a completed bare hull. He got a local  ferro expert to check it out. Acting on the expert's advice, he made a concrete slab, hired a crane to turn the hull upside-down, and cut a few doorways and windows to turn it into a house.

I wonder if it's still there............

We've often joked about buying one cheap, digging a big hole in the yard and putting the hull in it. Instant guest accommodation...

FKT

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On 4/21/2021 at 7:15 AM, Jud - s/v Sputnik said:

This reminds me of a story about a guy building a massive wooden boat on his property somewhere in the San Juans.  Massive, as in 80 ft or so - can’t recall exactly.  I think it was an article in a local community newspaper, but it was several years ago at this point.  Perhaps someone has heard of it - certainly before the Modern Era of commonly chronicling one’s copious efforts on YouTube.

May have been Orcas Island...that sticks in my mind for some reason.  Guy’s last name may have been Applebe?  Again, just going in memory. And it was a very large wooden boat -70, 80 or more feet long.  I seem to recall the article mentioned some hair brained scheme to roll it very far from his inland property on logs...perhaps those in the Friends of Rusty Junk community will know this one :-)  Or perhaps he’s already down in Mexico/Polynesia with a bevy of beauties onboard as crew having the last laugh :-)

Yeah - I remember that guy and his crazy Noah's ark type boat way up the hills on Orcas.  This is back like ~25-30 years ago.  Driving up from Doe Bay (not sure how I got invited, just at my usual anchorage back then) was about 15 minutes.  And yes, his plan was to just 'roll her on down to the water'.  It was never quite clear to me how that works with private property boundaries and all that.  Meanwhile - they had a pretty fun little scene going on up there for sure.  Not my style, but I always enjoy seeing how others live and try not to be overly critical.

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Well, tried finding the RJ in Bellyburg yesterday, checked the usual suspect boatyards on the city front and no sign of her (or "it").  Maybe the skipper is waiting to trailer her up after his road trip.  Will be back up on Tuesday and ask around some more.  Used to be you could find the ferrocement guys and they would know this kind of stuff but not so many of those around anymore.  Most of the chicken wire has rusted out and the skim coat on the hulls fallen off by now.

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2 hours ago, Fah Kiew Tu said:

We've often joked about buying one cheap, digging a big hole in the yard and putting the hull in it. Instant guest accommodation...

FKT

I used to talk about digging a hole and planting my Cal 2-46 in it but it was too good a sailboat to meet that ignominious end.  

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2 hours ago, zenmasterfred said:

I used to talk about digging a hole and planting my Cal 2-46 in it but it was too good a sailboat to meet that ignominious end.  

Nice boat. What happened to her?

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31 minutes ago, Ishmael said:

Nice boat. What happened to her?

Last I saw someone sent me a photo of her in Blaine looking a little the worse for wear.  Was a special boat, previous owner had done all the stuff, barrier coated the bottom, refer/freezer engine driven and 110V, re-did the main salon in a much better layout, very attractive hard dodger, removed all the deck hardware and re-bedded.  I installed a Dickinson Antarctic for cold climates.  Darn, I do miss that boat, lived aboard and sailed her for 12+ years.  S/Y "SummeR".  Maybe someone will have an update???  Moved off when my former wife said she wouldn't spend another winter aboard, I built her a house and then gave it to her 4 years later.  No regrets, bought an Express 37 I had for 10 years then, another magical sailboat.  I tell my current wife I have led a mostly sheltered life.

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