Here are a couple more beauty shots of the boat.
Starry Night is dropped off at Pier Side Boat Yard in the North end of Charleston.
Immediately, Oliver, Alfie, and I get to work. here we are installing the new stainless sail track.
I re-arraigned some things on the compass box to make room for the digital instrument readout.
Alfie was busy cutting a hole through the boat. A new thru hull for the depth, speedo, and water temp instrument.
A view from aloft.
Pier Side Boat Yard. Not many wooden boats in the South.
The crane comes on Friday to step the mast and launch the boat.
In the water for a scrub down.
The next day, Oliver and I motor her over to the City Marina.
In front of a familiar boat from Nantucket, Starry Night on the Mega Dock in Charleston.
Alfie's entire family comes to see her!
Upon leaving Charleston, we notice a friend from Nantucket on his own solo cruise in the Delfina, Noah Keller.
Alfie and Sandi together at the helm for the first time.
A memorable sunset for our first anchorage in the creeks of South Carolina.
Almost every morning greeted us with very still waters and crisp cool air.
Passing through a swing bridge in northern Georgia.
Sandi sails under her first bridge!
A southern creek photo shoot. With the board down, the Starry Night is still able to sail right up to the creek's edge at high tide.
Crossing the Savannah River to get back onto the ICW.
There is always time for an artsy reflection shot.
Gurgling water at the stern marks her first cruise, Charleston, SC to Cumberland Island, GA. January 2010.
Its been awhile since i've last posted any text, so its about time. Looking back on the pictures up on the site, its clear that a lot has happened, specifically, the launching of the boat. Before that, we spent the week working under Alfie, as Brendan, Drew, and Dave focused on the new tender they're building. With Alfie, Oliver and I were busy installing cleats, winches, and blocks around the boat and on the two masts and booms that arrived during the week before the launching. We also installed and secured the pulpits and the stanchions around the boat. Small teak blocks needed to be made specially for each stanchion and pulpit base. The sail track for the spars was screwed on and on thursday the crane arrived to step the main mast. Only weighing roughly 130 lbs, it might have been possible to step it under human power, although its length would have been awkward to handle. The mizzen on the other-hand, was easier to step with two people then a fourteen foot dinghy's mast.
Oliver and I gave the deck a final sanding with 120 grit to remove the rest of the dried glue, and any scuff marks left in the deck since it was installed months ago. Then the clouds came and spurting rain over the boat, which revealed the most beautiful colors in all the wood throughout the boat.
Meanwhile, Alfie was busy installing as much PVC plumbing as he could.
The launch date, needless to say, was a spectacular event. It was held on Saturday, September 12 and under light rains three beautiful speeches were given, and she was christened first by Bill Eddy, an interim minister with some boat building experience of his own, and finally by Sandi Holland with a wonderful smash of a champaign bottle. Once in the water and with the crowds departed, we really got to stand back and see the boat in the water and although she float a little high in the bow, we were all very happy.
That monday, I used my boat to tow the MC-30 through the bridge and out across Nantucket Sound to Alfie's pier in Nantucket. Everything went smoothly and she is resting safe on Nantucket where we continue to work on her, putting on the finishing touches.
Since the launch date, I had a feeling that the project of recording the work done to STARRY NIGHT was complete. But it is not. It has been a lot of work updating this site, but it has been satisfying to me over the last year, and I will do my best to get a few more updates in until she is sailing under her own power.
Brendan's hand drawn lettering up for placement.
Oliver works on installing the bow cleats.
The product of my work on the main sheet winch, blocks, and cleat.
On Tuesday afternoon, the main mast arrives from Orleans.
A detail of the Main Mast.
"STARRY NIGHT" gold leaf lettering by Brendan.
Alfie spends a couple weeks with us teaching us how to install the mast hardware. Here he installs the head with the LED lights.
Stepping the Mizzen mast, an easy task for 2 people.
Readying the Main Mast for stepping.
Alfie's fancy feathering two blade prop.
Baxter brings in a crane to lift up the main mast...though it only weighs roughly 130lbs.
Stepping the Main.
The main in and secured with temporary line stays.
Alfie works on splicing in the thimbles in the wire stays for the main mast.
She is now a yawl.
With the booms rigged, Alfie shows Oliver the placement for the centerboard pennant blocks.
On Friday, Alfie installs the Tiller and the rain washes the deck down.
Saturday afternoon, September 12, the crew of PBW, designers of the MC-30 for a photograph.
She touches salt water for the first time.
And rests safely at the dock at Pease Boat Works, with the boatyard in the background.
On Monday, I help Alfie tow the STARRY NIGHT to Nantucket.
Rounding Brant Point.
The Last Shot Of The Week. After a year of building, she rests at Old North Wharf in Nantucket.