Monday, September 29, 2014

Reconstruction efforts

Fearless Leader is on a roll with repairs.  Lest I tarnish his words with any hack interpretation thereof, his messages left the indelible impression that he is wholly confident of nothing short of a miraculous renovation, nay, resurrection.

Looks much better today than in this picture.
A work in progress!
Not pretty but it floats!
Looks so much smoother today! And sturdy!
"Getting there.  Once this one is finished I will start on all the parts and pieces, centerboards, rudders, tillers, etc.  4 of everything is quite a pile of “stuff” but getting there!"

The team is buoyed by this remarkable turn of events, to finally have 4 hulls.  It seems we are well on the warpath to September glory.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Good, Bad & Ugly

Boat number 4 has been salvaged!

Fearles Leader explained it like this, "Got team 4 real hull number 4 last Friday. Abandoned in a car lot near BWI. Came with sail (to be discarded but boom and gaff to be retained) and two (2) masts (which was critical since I am short one for the hulls we have) and rudder but no centerboard! And a lovely hole in the bottom which I hope to take a stab at fixing this weekend."
The Good
"A fleet! Next task is making sure they are all fully equipped and there is a rack down at the beach for them."
The Bad
"I was going to leave the hull and just take all the hardware but I thought about the method of repair and I think it will turn out just fine. Truly in keeping with the spirit of team 4 real and the sunfish challenge."
And the Ugly
The 2014 Sunfish Challenge has come and gone, it was last weekend, 9/20.  However, 2015 is shaping up to be a 4 real possibility.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Boat #3 has been acquired!

One of the principles, goals, and grounded terms of existence of Team4Real is that no dinghy will be acquired except by sheer coincidence, donation, virtuous struggle, or other such valid rules equating to: the boat is free.

Needless to say, this makes putting together 4 boats, 4 boats that float, will stay afloat, will sail, have a chance to actually compete and bring the requisite glory we seek to fruition, a tad difficult.  This moral fortitude and strength of character to not waiver from a chosen path, put our dreams of conquering Hampton Roads on hold in 2013.

But 2014 is shaping up to be a banner year already with the third hull just arriving in Annapolis this past weekend. George made these observations on hull #3: that it was one of the lightest hulls he's ever picked up, that is comes without any accessories (mast and boom crushed by a felled tree), and the centerboard and rudder are long since lost.
Hull #3 will surely experience more care and excitement after having been found cold, wet and forgotten by a neighbors fence.  And this would normally dash most mere mortals of any further dilly-dallying with what appears a bleak and pointless future.  But not Team4Real. 
Ever the positive thinking bunch, we now have 3 of 4 boats.  That means, if you do the math, just one more hull to go.