Martha is back in the water today and we are thanking our latest donors and volunteers.

Max is a new apprentice who has been helping out with various projects in the shop and looking forward to more!!!!   Thank you to all the hard working folks at  The PT Shipwrights Coop , they have once again allowed us to borrow staging for our painting and varnishing.     Our supporters are invaluable to the overall picture of maintaining MARTHA and providing sail training programs to the public.

Rigging continues in the NWMaritime Center shop with board member Doug Jones doing a fantastic job of repairing the Main mast,  with the help of volunteers painting is reaching completion.  Thanks to the NW Maritime Center for the use of the boat shop,  which by the way is also a great spar shop.

Special thanks to Pete Langley of Port Townsend Foundry for building a new wheel shaft for MARTHA’s helm, the old shaft was quite worn and it was a bit of a concern.     Pete said “Bring it in and I will take a look at it.”

He had it on Thursday and by Sunday morning he called to say the shaft will be ready Monday for the Tuesday launch. Take a look at the photos; the work is perfect and MARTHA’s helm is better than new.

 

New Wheel Nut

New Wheel Nut

Pete  installed a casting on the shaft for the wheel to back into which supplied the necessary support,  tuned up the key way and made a new wheel nut.   What great service!

New Wheel Shaft

New Wheel Shaft

 

 

 

 

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Spring is here and work on MARTHA is moving in many directions. MARTHA’s Main Mast was unstepped on March 21st and Tuesday the 25th Martha was hauled out. A Measurer connected with the TransPac, Gary Morgan, was working with Captain Robert d’Arcy hours after MARTHA was stationary in her spot in Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven. Thanks to the crew of the shipyard for their elegant competence in lifting and parking her on the hard. The haul out is part of MARTHA’s regular yearly maintenance when her bottom and topsides are painted.
Un-stepping of MARTHA’s mast was not scheduled but due to a scarf joint loosening seen during the spring inspection aloft, it was decided that a Dutchman scarf repair was needed. The mast is at the NorthWest Maritime Center. Board member Doug Jones is repairing the mast.
The final touches on MARTHA’s Main Sail are being done by crew member Holly Kays with the assistance of Annie Aldrich at the same time as the mast work and routine maintenance are being completed. Thanks again to the volunteers and crew who donate many hours to accomplish these tasks. March 25

MARTHA Acquires some Bronze Jewelry

The good folks at Port Townsend Foundry have been busy designing and casting Bronze fittings  for various things MARTHA needs. Here are a couple of shots of the anchor bracket,   Along with this bracket the Foundry is also casting 4 new 2″ cockpit scuppers and work is moving forward on the Binnacle guard and […]

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MARTHA 2014 Sailing Season Approacheth.

Needless to say Team MARTHA has been very busy. We received word from Greg Stewart of   Nelson / Marek Yacht Design, Inc.  that MARTHA has exceeded the stability index, I have very GOOD NEWS. The Martha easily meets the Cat 1 Race ORR Stability Index Limit of 115 required for the 2015 Transpac. In fact she […]

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A Student’s Perspective

Please click on the link below for an article sent to us from our friend Dieter Loibner.   He was able to bring his daughter and another family for a 3 day trip through the San Juan Islands this summer.   Fun to read Olivia’s perspective on the trip and to remember that it was warm and […]

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A short clip

We would like to pass along a really lovely short video from friends in British Columbia.   These folks are working hard on a project to restore the “Dorothy” A Tale of Two Wooden Boats watch the video and check out their website!

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Fall 2013 Rap Up and 2014 Look Ahead

  MARTHA  and crew have enjoyed a great season of sail training,   good weather and good friends.  We now set our sights on the Round The County race and then  the up coming winter maintenance projects which include a new suit of sails. The new Fisherman is up and sailing and the Golly should be […]

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SWIFTSURE Inshore Classic and MARTHA

The 2013 Swiftsure Inshore Classic proved to be a challenging race for everyone involved.  What a thrill to be be queuing up for the start with  close to 200 other boats. Our strategy was to start in the second tier and look for a lane through the fleet.  After crossing the line MARTHA was able […]

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MARTHA heads for SWIFTSURE

Jaun de Fuca straits,   Port Townsend to Victoria,  Big flood,  could be a long trip but the wind is forecast to be SE 8 to 12 then E 8 to 12 then NE 8 to 12. What did we get?   SE 8 to 15 then E 15 to 20 then ENE 15, wow who […]

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NORTHWEST WINDJAMMER / CLASSIC YACHT RACING

The Summer sailing season is on it’s way and we are receiving a great deal of interest in MARTHA”S racing events. If you are interested in Classic Yachts or have always wanted to race on a Classic here is your chance. We are fully booked for Swiftsure,  a Northwest iconic race event in Victoria BC, […]

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