A few updated views of Mimi Jane
 
A few updated views of Mimi Jane
We are reaching the end of the warmer season and getting the boat ready for an other winter. Aesthetic changes this summer were mostly details but improved the boats appearance from plain hull to looking closer to a completed vessel. 
Mimi Jane is her name!
 
Mimi Jane is her name!
Finding a name This summer, Mark and I started the itch to get our boat officially named and registered. Naming a boat, more so a boat we built over many years of dedication, is not trivial, this name will be her identity.  We need to feel attached to her name and we want her name to...
Unveiling the ship’s name
 
Unveiling the ship’s name
Every year, we get together with Mark’s family for our annual Ovenden gathering. It is then that we celebrate everything needing to be celebrated; we make it the Ovenden’s Christmas weekend, as Marks parents are Florida snow birds. We enjoy good food, bubbles and time together. This year we had something special to add to...
The work didn’t stop while I was away
 
The work didn’t stop while I was away
The work on the boat stopped during a long 3 month for me as I spent the entire summer caring for my grand-mother back in France. It is something we have to accept with a long term project, sometimes life interferes with other priorities.  My absence was no reason for the progress to come to...
Dechroming by electrolysis
 
Dechroming by electrolysis
Once in a while, in this boat building adventure we get to do some small mad science experiments. Here we had a couple portholes and a bunch of fittings we wanted to rid of chrome and bring down to clear bronze. We did so using electrolysis. Electrolysis is basically using electrical current to move electrons from...
The block production started
 
The block production started
With a not so enjoyable winter, building blocks in the shop turns out to be a great off season job. We prepare the rough ash to make the rest of the blanks for our single blocks. Noisy job, but sweet to work with wood after years of steel work. All our wood is rough lumber out...
We will build our own blocks
 
We will build our own blocks
After much humming and hawing about building our own blocks we decided to go ahead and do it.We have the wood and it will make a good winter project. Whether we purchased or built the blocks we had to start by making a list of what we needed. I remember as kid how I would...
Closer to being a sailboat
 
Closer to being a sailboat
One more milestone! Today we picked up the two first sails for our boat… Holyshit… It’s becoming more and more real! I have a completed hull, it has an engine, a mast, now we have a couple sails. A godforsaken cold day seemed perfect to make the drive to Kingston, hangout at the loft, go...
The transmissions turn to board the ship
 
The transmissions turn to board the ship
The cold temperature impeded this weekend’s productivity but we did get the transmission on the engine, one step forward. First chore, clear some snow. We are definitely into winter mode, cold and snow adds to the work load. Damper plate on. Are you sure it the right way back? Up it goes. This cherry picker...

There was nothing.. and then there was a boat...