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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Crane Day

What a week. What a month. What a winter, for that matter. (Is winter over yet? I know the calendar is claiming that it’s spring, but we had to shovel snow off the deck this morning, and almost everyone was … Continue reading

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DGUTS

Last Saturday was another sail training day, and despite snow and icy roads, so many people showed up that we (once again!) needed to move into the woodshop for morning muster. The highlight of the day came just after coffee … Continue reading

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The Great Glue-Up of 2017

It’s official: we have a blank for the starboard fore channel! Yesterday, we took over part of spar alley to set up sawhorses and sheets of plastic for the Great Glue-Up of 2017. Lots of clamps and a few gallons … Continue reading

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Blocks and Blanks

We’re running out of sawhorses, workbenches, and rig shop space—a sure sign that we’re keeping busy. Down in the rig shop, we’re serving, sanding blocks, and building some new stays and backstays. In the woodshop, we’re using epoxy to glue … Continue reading

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Oliver the Carbide-Toothed Zebra

This morning, the crew took a field trip along the Bayfront to visit Dave Bierig’s sail loft, where we learned a little about sailmaking in general, Niagara’s sails in particular, and the challenge of making sails for reconstructed and replica … Continue reading

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Sail Training

Today was the second day of winter sail training, and morning muster was so crowded with volunteers that we abandoned our usual muster spot and moved into the wood shop. It’s the most help we’ve had all winter, and we … Continue reading

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Hump Day

We’re only halfway through our Tuesday-Saturday work week, but the rig shop crew and the carpentry team have already hit some major milestones—we’ve moved from sanding spars to varnishing them, and from deconstructing the foredeck to rebuilding it. The warm … Continue reading

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Meet the Crew: Amy!

Amy McDonagh is a carpenter’s apprentice and will be sailing with Niagara in the summer 2017 season. How did you find Niagara? I did a sailing program a few years ago with SEA (that’s the Sea Education Association) and that’s … Continue reading

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Sandwich Saturday

For the last few days, we’ve had a straightforward schedule. We move snow in the morning before we start sanding spars. Sometime around lunch we move snow again, then troop back inside and sand more spars. And at the end … Continue reading

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Scarf Wars

Compared to yesterday’s blizzarding wind and snow, the weather this morning felt almost peaceful. It was cold and grey, but quiet. Only a few flakes of snow drifted down while we shoveled the remains of last night’s storm off the … Continue reading

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