January 28, 2015

Built to Last 100 Years

One of the most ambitious boat-building projects in recent memory is currently taking place in Sausalito. You are welcome to drop by and check it out first hand. 

Peter Strietman
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One look at the structure of the tall ship Matthew Turner, which is now under construction in Sausalito, and you’ll know why its creators say she’s built to last at least 100 years.

With the goal of giving both youth and adults access to San Francisco Bay waters, while inspiring them through onboard educational programs to become thoughtful stewards of the Bay’s fragile ecosystem, the brigantine Matthew Turner will undoubtedly be a grand addition to the region’s fleet of traditionally rigged vessels. Hundreds if not thousands of individual donors have contributed to her construction costs so far, and many drop by the build site frequently to check out her progress.

A splendid new film on the ambitious project by Bay Area filmmaker Peter Strietman has just been completed, and can be viewed below. We encourage you to check it out, and also to pay a visit to the build site and observe the construction process in person. 

Video courtesy Peter Strietman & Educational Tall Ship

Both modern and traditional techniques are being used by professional and volunteer woodworkers. Access hours are Monday throughout Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 2330 Marinship Way, #150, Sausalito — just a block south of Mollie Stone’s market. (Call 415-866-4973 for more info.)

With any luck the 100-ft beauty will be launched in 2016 — and we can hardly wait to take a ride on her.

Beware the Open Hatch

Last August, Sailor Cherry, an enthusiastic participant in last year’s Delta Doo Dah, walked through the shower deck hatch (a 7"x13" rectangle) of her Serendipity 43 Hooked and did some extensive damage to her right leg and knee. "It became quite the ‘don’t do this’ story on our dock," she wrote.

"It was 100% my mistake. While showering that morning I flipped the hatch all the way open instead of just partially (as it’s generally kept for ventilation). Well, I forgot to fix that. Later that afternoon I went on deck to adjust the sunshade. I lowered it (it’s hoisted on a halyard) and laid it out flat on the white flush deck covering the hatches with the white fabric. While stepping off the forward hatch my right leg stepped down, disappearing into the opened shower hatch while the rest of me was still on deck. In my defense, the tinted glass hatch looks like a dark rectangle whether it’s opened or closed, so I must have thought it was shut/normal-looking when I was laying out the large sunshade, which has to be hoisted just forward of the hatches."

Hooked’s sailor dog Lucia enjoying the sunshade. Just below her, covered by the blanket, is the hatch for the head. The shower hatch is just to port of the baby stay.

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"The hematoma is from the hatch’s hardware breaking my fall — no broken bones, thank goodness. I wish someone had filmed it because it was probably hilarious to watch, like something out of America’s Funniest Home Videos or an I Love Lucy episode!"

Cherry displays the hematoma and the injured knee.

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An MRI showed that Cherry’s knee was fine, but the hematoma did need to be drained. She’s still walking with a limp. "I wish I could report that it was all healed up,"  she said. "I’ll never forget to fully shut that damn hatch!"

Bequia in the Grenadines. We haven’t been there in years. Even with a drone we figure it would take us a couple of weeks to get the photos we needed.
In Friday’s story, Rock On!, about John Larsen’s Westsail 42 Danika striking a pinnacle rock near Punta Mita, we gave a latitude for the rock’s position but not a longitude (we have since added it to the original story).