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   We are off to a great start for the 2009 season. The turn out for repeat volunteers is exceptional! The experience that they bring with them from past seasons working on the Marco Polo Replica is helping to expand the amount of work we are able to do. Bob tells us that since mid-May, he and his volunteers have installed the sheer clamps and deck beams on the stern deck. They have also completed the sub-decking and the stern planks. Bob scribed the deck lines along the bottom of the deck houses and had them cut to fit the deck. They are now fastened in place.
   Bob's photos, taken in late June, show some of the progress during recent weeks.

Bob Coes Project Manager

   We still need lots of support to keep this project moving ahead, if you'd like to help us out with a donation please contact Barry Ogden at 849-4650.

JUly 21/2009
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photo 1 Stern shot with volunteers photo 2 Working on deck beams
photo 3 Stbd qtr - view of deck beams and aft deck house - fastened in place. photo 4 P port qtr shot showing detail of planking; forward end of sheer clamp and deck beams fastened to frames
photo 5 Checking fit for deck beam on stern frame photo 6 Aft shot of stern deck looking forward. Kevin Robertson (left) and Mark Brideau (right) preparing for deck boards
photo 7 Mid-deck shot looking aft. Here one can see aft deck house fitted to stern bulkhead next to stern deck. photo 8 Mark Brideau (left), Kevin Robertson (right) in foreground. Ken Taylor (left), Walter Colwell (right) at stern. They are setting up starting line for decking
photo 9 Stern sub-deck completed photo 10 Jim Henderson (left) and Dave Peters (right) at work on port side
photo 11 Shot from top of aft deck house looking over stern deck. Work on trimming deck boards. photo 12 Dave and Jim are working on stern boards.
photo 13 Boards on transom completed. photo 14 Starboard side shot showing stern area completed along with most planking.

   Bob plans to concentrate on the planking at the bow next. Soon, he and the volunteers will expand their work to include the outer stem, rudder and cover board or bottom rail.
   Bob would like to take this opportunity to welcome four new volunteers to the project this year: Ken Taylor Walter Colwell George Goss and John Pickel They bring with them the enthusiasm and energy needed to continue the success we are having in building the Marco Polo Replica. More photos will follow in the next few weeks.

Bob Coes
Project Manager


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