Will (@born2keel) [similar]

COSETTE 1939. Boat carpenter and bon vivant. Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. USMC Veteran. Cat person.

Will (@born2keel)

Ohh myy! The purpleheart stem of #doris625

Will (@born2keel)

Check out THAT rabbet! This is the horn timber of #doris625

Will (@born2keel)

I picked this frame as the first to get replaced because looked to be the easiest of the sawn frames. The second photo is what I think will be the trickiest. It’s a double sawn frame with a chain plate attached to it. Two of the bolts that go through the chain plate and into the frames are behind the shelf and clamp. #boatbuilding

Will (@born2keel)

Wouldn’t want COSETTE to forget where she comes from, would we? I’ve tacked up the UK Yacht Ensign as a token of Old Blighty! #cosette551

Will (@born2keel)

Good luck, @spacex and Godspeed, Starman. Falcon Heavy is about to launch Starman and his Tesla to Mars. This is possibly one of the most excellent things our species has pursued. #spaceship #spaceshipwright

Will (@born2keel)

Anyone know what these numbers and abbreviations mean? I haven’t been able to find the hull number anywhere on the boat. And there is no builder’s plate. #cosette551 #boatbuilding @berthongroup @afrancis007

Will (@born2keel)

It’s always nice to write a little message. Going to tack this thing in with temporary fasteners. After it’s tacked in, it won’t come out again. #boatbuilding

Will (@born2keel)

LLLLIKE A GLOVE! I cut out the first piece of the first sawn frame to be replaced. The geometry of the boat won’t allow me to put the thing into place in once piece, so I sawed off a thin piece of the inner face of the frame, and I’ll slap it back on with some g-flex epoxy. Does that weaken the frame, you ask?? Nope! These frames are riveted together. Thanks,
@berthongroup #cosette551 #boatbuilding

Will (@born2keel)

For no apparent reason other than being bored, I made this functional #reproduction of 1st century #Roman infantry body #armor back when I was in high school. It’s based on finds in England. It’s weight is roughly the same as armor that a modern Marine wears, and it is surprisingly easy to move around in. Now, for someone who so clearly lacked a social life, I could have put more time into the detail and workmanship. #ancientrome #loricasegmentata #corbridge#maker #nolife

Will (@born2keel)

Here we go! Patterning a #futtock of frame 16. And the cover is repaired and much stronger. #boatbuilding

Will (@born2keel)

Well, there’s yer problem! That last storm didn’t agree with my cover. The wind blew in exactly the wrong direction, and with the boat being against a building, the snow piled up and sheared off my centerline. Going to have to beef it up significantly and re-shrink it. Boo. The boat is totally fine, though. #winter #storm

Will (@born2keel)

COSETTE’s old parts aren’t all going to waste! Here’s a mini tool tray I whipped up out of mahogany from the bulkhead and teak from the sole. #woodworking

Will (@born2keel)

That’s what’s left of COSETTE’s 4th floor (galvanized iron) after the rust was shaken off. It went from 7/8” thick in 1939 to 3/8” thick in 2017. Will probably replace many of the floors, including this one, with purpleheart rather than metal, as bronze is $20/lb to cast. I’ll lose a little space in the bilge, but oh well. #boatbuilding

Will (@born2keel)

Check out this #adirondack #skiff we found nearby! She was built in 1890. Looks familiar. #stlarry #boatbuilding.

Will (@born2keel)

Check out CIRRUS. She’s a Fisher’s Island 31. Her sister, TORCH, at the @herreshoff Museum, inspired me to want an awesome ocean vessel to begin with. #classic #yacht

Will (@born2keel)

Now we’re getting somewhere. Just about ready to tool up for frame repairs. #cosette551 #boatbuilding

Will (@born2keel)

Oh, cool. @outerlightbrewing made a beer for me. #boatbuilding

Will (@born2keel)

Left ol’ La Ceiba this morning and re-entered friendly lines. It’s a bummer we had to abort mission. Being in the bush is fun. Thanks for following along! #boatbuilding

Will (@born2keel)

UPDATE: The military is enforcing a 6pm to 6am curfew. We have a flight out of La Ceiba tomorrow, and then back to the states. The problem is with the bridge. Since it is the only way out of town to the west, it’s a choke point and is the site of clashes between the military and protestors. Unfortunately, the airport is on the other side of that bridge. Our friends tell us that traffic is flowing easily in the morning, but slows down as the day goes on and the protests heat up. We’re going to make a go at it in the morning.
Ahh, the good ol’ days (3 days ago), when the people were only somewhat irritated. We found some great stuff in the forest of Las Camelias. Some of the lesser known species I’ve seen are Vaca, Santa Maria, Rosita, Huesito. All great woods! Wish we saw more of them in the states. #boatbuilding

Will (@born2keel)

If I’m going to GTFO, I’m going to do it on a full stomach! The civil unrest is becoming dangerous. Bridges are being held by protestors. Protestors are being met by the army. Goods and services are being stopped from coming into the city. Our mission is shut down and we are focused on getting out of here by the weekend. We have a Flight out of Ceiba on Sunday, and out of San Pedro back to the States on Sunday as well. Crossing the River Danto to get to the airport might prove to be a bit of a challenge. In the mean time, I’m going to drink some beers, watch some Mythbusters, and have a fine time of it! Todo cheque! Macanudo! #boatbuilding
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