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The name is being applied in gold leaf, while the slip-ways for moving her out of the shop and onto the launching ways are being built.

Heavy timbers are laid down on support blocks. These will be greased with tallow, and using a cable run across the yard through sheaves to the haul-out winch, the boat is pulled to it's destination.

Click for a larger image. In the foreground center is Jack Ehrhorn, forman, and to the left of the slipways is John Linderman, another boat building legend. Lester Stone, last of the family who founded the ship building firm W. F. Stone & Sons in 1853, looks on from the left, in the cowboy hat and tan jacket.


Ready for Launch. Left to right, standing: Jimmy Linderman; me; Marc de Millengire (behind me, went by Karl at the time); Jack Ehrhorn; Joe Orowski; Phil; Jim Linderman (Jimmy's father); John Linderman (Jim's father); Chuck Gorich (on ladder) Dave Shaw; John Whitsett; Bill Zemer. Front Row, left to right: Cindy; Doug; Johnny Gunther. Absent: Lester Stone; Bud Shaw (Dave's father); Harold. If anyone knows the missing last names, please let me know.

The three color photos of the launch below are by Dave Shaw

Natoma ready to launch on the hauling ways. The same winch used to move her out of the shop and over to the ways is now reattached to the haul-out carriage, ready to launch.

The small spar holding the flags below is just for decoration during launch. After launch, both the main and mizzen masts will be stepped soon after launch. There is still much to do, fitting all the rigging, deck hardware, and more.

The flag at the top of the temporary spar is that of the St. Francis Yacht Club, which was founded on land originally owned and occupied by stone boat yard, before they moved across to Alameda Island before the war.
Boom Crutch
Boom crutch (above) and custom sheaves (below)
Custom sheaves
Quick release Jib Stay
Quick release jib stay. Jack made the pattern for the casting in manganese bronze, and I machined it from there.

Vents, bow roller (for the anchor chain), main and mizzen mast collars.
Steering stand
Steering stand and binnacle with wheel. Stainless steel cables run down through the legs, and by way of pulleys, attach to the steering quadrant below on the rudder shaft.
Seat Latch
Custom seat latches in the cockpit, designed not to snag lines

Natoma after return from Hawaii
Natoma, after return from Hawaii

 

 
 
 
 
 

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