In our last news letter we asked the question What's Missing and Who is missing it? Many of you knew it was a bowsprit, but Old Salt Doug Henderson was the first one to tell us that it was the bowsprit on the Mercantile!
A major maintenance project this spring was to fit the Mercantile with a new bowsprit. Wayne Breda spent weeks shaping a raw thirty-four foot piece of solid Douglas fir, taking it from square, to hexagon to octagon, to polygon and finally hand shaping it to round,taking great care to ensure exact measurements.
|In the Beginning|
|Starting to Take Shape|
With the shaping completed came the test -- would it fit? Under the direction of Wayne and Capt. JR, and the watchful eye of Capt. Ray, the crane lifted the new sprit and slowly maneuvered it into place. A testament to Wayne's talent as a woodworker and shipwright,it fit like a glove. Slipping almost effortlessly into the mortice inside the Mercantile's pawl post. When you come for your cruise this summer, be sure to take a minute to admire Wayne's handiwork.
|The Lift Begins|
|Wayne Guiding the Bowsprit Home|
|Final Seating of the Mortice and Tenon|
|Now All That Remains is the Rigging!|