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A visit to the sail loft
 
A visit to the sail loft
Andrew Soper, in Kingston (Ontario) is our sailmaker, but also an amazing source of knowledge for all that regards our rigging.
The poop tank
 
The poop tank
Or, as Mark likes to call it, the Great Scott… Poop isnt very glamour but a serious piece of logistics for the live aboard boat. Our original plan for a holding tank was to have it integral to the hull of the boat. Over some second thoughts we decided that we would make an independent tank...
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...
The story of a windlass handle
 
The story of a windlass handle
A few month back we received our dream windlass from http://www.deepblueengineering.co.uk/ ( Is there such thing as “dream windlass” ? – sure is for us! ) Playing around with our new “toy” (truly far from toy quality) we realized we should have ordered 2 handles with it. The boat is nowhere near launch ready so definitely no...
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...

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