MARTHA has just received some new bronze hardware!

But before we talk about the new,  we need little back ground info.

Last year while sailing  the California Coast, one of our sailors, John Farrell, noticed a weighted bean bag hanging from the shifter and asked why was such a thing hanging there?

the inner workings

the inner workings

I explained about how the Morse/Teleflex control is constructed with dissimilar metals, bronze, aluminum,  spring steel and such and that these metals corrode in the salt environment and the spring steel friction washer disintegrates and then there is no throttle detent and the engine RPMs back off.  To correct for it I hang a weighted bag to keep the RPMs where we want them.

After discussions regarding marine grade equipment I mentioned a company called Kobelt.  They are a Canadian company and they make ‘Honest to God Marine Grade Components’ and as soon as we can afford we are going to install a Kobelt throttle/ shifter assembly.

Well, some time after John left the vessel in SanDiego we received from John a donation; in his letter he thanked us for such a wonderful adventure and told us the check was for the new Kobelt Shifter.

compliments MARTHA's style

compliments MARTHA’s style

the real thing

the real thing

So John, here it is,   and it’s a great piece of engineering and art,  works great and Kobelt is a wonderful company to work with!

Thank You John. MARTHA loves the new Throttle/ Shifter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, the other bronze part that MARTHA has just received is a new Anchor roller,  designed and built by Port Townsend Foundry.

And another background story.

No one knows when the previous anchor roller was installed,  maybe the 1950s.    MARTHA anchors with chain but the roller was for rode and the roller sheave was quite worn.

starboard side chain roller

Chain roller on Starboard.

It lasted a long time but honestly was on the edge.  We were sailing off the hook, Bechers Bay, Santa Rosa Island, the wind was blowing 25 with higher gusts veering and ranging from port to starboard bow and being very difficult.  One gust caught us hard on the starboard bow and pushed us way off to port; being at short scope  and  the anchor dug in hard, when the chain came up tight, the impact bent the anchor roller assembly.

We made repairs and kept a very watchful eye on it the rest of the journey.  Once back home we had Pete Langley and the Port Townsend Foundry crew design and build a new Roller System.

 

Talk about engineering and art,  this roller assembly from start to finish is a thing of beauty.

Thank you Port Townsend Foundry Crew for such great work!

 

We will be putting together more info about this process soon!IMG_5487

Port side rode roller

Port side rode roller

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We wanted to take the time to reflect on the effort and commitment that has  gone into the MARTHA program,  first to SAVE her and now to keep the MARTHA Program  SUSTAINABLE!

In the beginning,  the task of saving her looked so enormous,  it seemed unreasonable to believe success was possible.

We planned a 10 year program of 10 steps, those 10 steps took 15 years to complete.

Keeping our eyes on the ball,  one step at a time,  running sail training programs every Summer / restoration programs every Winter,   now MARTHA is in the best shape since her launch in 1907!

In fact,  this year, the Schooner Martha Foundation has been the Steward,  of MARTHA for 20 years.

Man does time fly by!

 

MARTHA and her programs  are a great metaphor for life.  In general, design well, build well and take care of the things that really matter.  Team work, leadership, integrity, and in time, just like navigating a sailing vessel,  it works out all right!

Martha gets new frames

Martha gets new frames

Schooner Martha undergong major rebuild at Port Townsend, a young Chris Chementi apprenticing.

Schooner Martha undergong major rebuild at Port Townsend, a young Chris Chementi apprenticing.

There are many things that are important to our culture and the Maritime Arts are strong among them!  Introducing  the next generation to the values incorporated in the Maritime Traditions is a central part of MARTHA’s Programs.

 

It is due to MARTHA’s stunning beauty and quality of program that MARTHA is remembered and  cared for by a large community.

From the descendants of Martha Fitzmaurice Hanify and John Ryder Hanify to the Four Wind Westward Ho campers, to MARTHA’s volunteers and the  Marine Trades people of Port Townsend,  MARTHA’s community is growing.

She has been called, “The Darling of the west Coast”by those who have known  her from long ago as a recent Facebook post from Heidi M.  ” I did not know that MARTHA was back in a place where children/students were aboard…..this makes me so happy. I learned so much and loved so much during my times aboard her in my youth.”

Sail training programs for youth

Sail training programs for youth

A young Chris Chementi, Annie Aldrich and Micheal Bechman mending a sail

A young Chris Chementi, Annie Aldrich and Micheal Bechman mending a sail

 

MARTHA’s volunteer family, who have for 20 years now put their shoulder to the wheel to give a little push have made an enormous difference in MARTHA’s future and in the community.

 

It seemed imposible

It seemed impossible

 

If our 1700 Facebook “likes” could each give $50 we would reach our goals.

So what we need to do in the greater community is to put our collective shoulders to the wheel and give a push to help MARTHA become sustainable!

India leading the students on deck

India leading the students on deck

 

Group Portrait

some of MARTHA’s Stewards 2008

 

 

 

So if you can please give big to MARTHA.

It’s in this way we can build the community we want to live with.

Schooner Power, anything is possible when we all work together!

Schooner Power, anything is possible when we all work together! MARTHA Racing , SanDiego 2015

 

 

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