Thanks to the professional yard staff at the Port of Port Townsend  Boat Haven MARTHA is safely chocked up in Boat Haven for this winter’s refit.

We had to re-schedule the haul out day because of heavy winds, instead of Wednesday the 3rd we hauled on Thursday the 4th right between two big fronts , on Friday it blew in the 30’s.

First on the agenda was to remove the broken Boomkin chain plate and get it to Pete Langley at Port Townsend Foundry, it appears that MARTHA just pulled it apart, no sign of corrosion, the Foundry is making a new Aluminum Nickel Bronze Chain Plate, that ought to take care of business.

 

The break is clearly seen in the photos, the signs of fire are from heating the plate with a torch to soften the beading compound to release the plate.haul out 2

Broken Chain Plate

Broken Chain Plate

This plate was put on MARTHA in 1968 when the boom kin was first installed. that work was done in San Francisco.

 

The plate certainly has done it’s job,  but I don’t think MARTHA Sailed as hard as she does now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next order of business was to remove the transmission; it’s a Borg Warner Velvet Drive 71c, it was put in the boat with the Detroit Diesel in the 60’s, we had it rebuilt and installed with the new Isuzu, (Suzy) 13 years ago. It will head to the shop for a check up to see how it faired after getting all hot under the collar and then running on olive oil.

Doug guiding the tranny up through the companionway hatch

Doug guiding the tranny up through the companionway hatch

The damper plate on the fly wheel.

The damper plate on the fly wheel.

Holly cranking away on the Main Gantline lifting the tranny.

Holly cranking away on the Main Gantline lifting the tranny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The high pressure ridge just East of us is providing a great opportunity to sand and paint, the goal is to be back in the water the first part of March.

Blue skies from now on?

Blue skies from now on?

March 15 we start the season with youth sail training programs and as you all know Swiftsure, Classic Mariners Regatta and the 4th of July are right around the corner.

The Schooner Martha Foundation is fortunate and grateful to have the support of the Port Townsend Marine Trades. Any and every thing we need is right at our finger tips.

Many thanks to the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op and Doug Jones of Traditional Boat Works for the use of some staging.

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It’s year end, the Holidays are up front and center and we are already looking towards the 2016 sailing season.

All sails set in Schooner Cup

All sails set in Schooner Cup

The Off Shore Adventure was a great success, we met a great many good people who were very excited to meet MARTHA and were able to re-aquaint many who have been in love with MARTHA for quite some time (most of their lives) but haven’t seen her for awhile.

We also were able to imagine MARTHA’s future with some additional sail training programing,   taking her off shore more often than every 25 years and to officialy start the process of training the next generation of MARTHA captains and crew.

Picture yourself at the helm

Picture yourself at the helm

This winter, most likely February, we will haul out for the usual clean  and paint.  We also want to get serious about the cabin front and roof leaks as well as the, ” port light replace or repair project”.   In addition we are going to build a full boat cover so MARTHA can spend the very wet and windy period under cover to help reduce the yearly maintenance costs.

Our plan is to move MARTHA to a place of sustainability via program development,   training and fundraising.   With the cabin maintenance plan, captain training program, youth scholarship program, MARTHA endowment and winter cover purchase we are looking to raise  $100,000.

MARTHA has many friends and has over 1600 likes on her Facebook page,  Imagine if each friend and  or each like donated an average of $100 we would hit our goals quickly.  $100,000 would set MARTHA well down the road to a sustainable future.

It seems like a daunting task,  much like the restoration dreams of 20 years ago, but if we all put our shoulder to the wheel and give a little push we can make big changes in the world.

MARTHA is alive and well because of YOU!  Donate what ever you can, thank you.

A Group Portrait

John Hanify at Wheel of Martha

John Hanify at Wheel of Martha

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Sail training programs for youth

Sail training programs for youth

ROUND The COUNTY 2015

  The Pacific Northwest weather Gods conjured up an amazing weekend of great racing weather. Friday morning first light MARTHA  departed for West Sound Orcas Island accompanied by PACIFICA, Doug Jones’  Sparkman and Stevens yawl.  The wind was SE 10 to 15 and by Smith Island built to 15 to 18. MARTHA made the passage […]

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OIYC Round The County

Tomorrow, Friday MARTHA departs for a full weekend of Orcas Island Yacht Club racing.   The Round The County race is 2 full days of racing,  circumnavigating the San Juan Islands.    The weather forecast is wind 15 to 30, and rain,  just as we like it! Round the County is a premier Northwest race […]

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Wooden Boat Wednesday THIS week Oct 21

Join us Wednesday for Robert’s presentation of the Off Shore Adventure.   We are also looking to host a community get together and slideshow later in November.   Date and time to be announced soon! New to our website is a summary of our yearly financial statement, which is always open to the public.  Go […]

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Off Shore Wrap Up and Looking to the Future

For folks following on Facebook, you were able to follow a little more closely.   Our apologies to the rest, we were in hibernation and did not keep up with our posting. Now that MARTHA has returned to her home dock in Port Townsend’s Point Hudson Marina, we can take a breath and reflect on […]

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Honolulu Departure / Hanalei Bay Arrival

MARTHA departed Waikiki at 1100 hrs on August 1st bound for Ko’olina Marina to refuel and then on to the fabled Hanalei Bay, Kauai. Transpac was an incredible experience from start to finish and I think it important to note that the Transpac Yacht Club is a non profit mostly volunteer organization.  The Race it […]

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Transpac / Waikiki Wrap Up

MARTHA and crew are safely and comfortably tucked in at the Waikiki Yacht club in the Ala Wai boat harbor in Honolulu. It was nip and tuck on arrival as we were the last boat in before they closed the harbor due to dangerously high breaking surf at the harbor entrance. One more night Offshore […]

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Tracking note

We will not be using our trusty SPOT tracker for this leg.    You can follow all the boats on the Transpac website    and then go to the “yellowbrick tracking”.     We will try to send updates to our Facebook page, remember, you do not need to be a member to look at […]

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Transpac / Bound for Honolulu

MARTHA is on the way to the start line off Point Fermin. The crew has worked its magic and we are as ready as we can be! The division splits are in and the times are posted on the Transpac web site,  in our division we will be head to head, boat for boat with […]

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