I got out to to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Apprentice for a Day program again this past weekend and had another great day. First of all, the Delaware Ducker has a full combing, the beginnings of a paint-job, and a cleaned up false-stem. She is looking lovely.
For work, I got to finish my sprit. You may recall that last week I took a blank down to something nearly, but not totally, round. First, let’s put this spar in context…
Here is the original Delaware Ducker, rigged and ready to sail (if she wasn’t up on a cradle in a workshop). The sprit has a little pin in the top end that fits in an eye at the top of the sail. The snotter [editor’s comment: can we in the traditional boat community have a referendum on this term? I am all for preserving the old and colorful, but, really, “snotter?!”] is a line with overhand knots that fits through a notch in the bottom end of the sprit. Looks like a nice, simple, but still elegant rig.
During my day in the shop, I took the sprit down to a nice, polished round, added the notch for the snotter and the pin for the peak of sail, and got a first coat of varnish on. And I still had time to take the boom from 8-sided to near round. All told, a productive day with the spars!