The Yard Sail
October 16/17, 2015
The Port of Toledo has been donated two exquisite wooden sailboats
- the Teak Ladies. These are 19 ft ocean crossers, made of all teak
in Hong Kong. The Che Hon was built in 1936 - the start of
the production run, the Ma Zu was built in 1956, at the end
of the production run.
We set up the Teak Lady Society to help with the care, maintenance,
and use of these lovelies. You can find out more at their Facebook
The care, maintenance, and use of these lovelies takes money, So
we decided to hold a Yard Sail to get the bits and pieces necessary
to carry these babies through the winter. Rules were simple: Bring
something nautical to sell, sell it, buy something else, and some
percentage of the transactions goes to the Teak Lady Society.
I got there a little early on Friday and was met by David (l) the
President for Life of the Teak Lady Society, and Matt (r) an adventurer
who is looking for a crew to do the Race
to Alaska. If you remember, I did the first
leg of that last year. Feeling a little salty? Drop
me an email and I'll get you in touch.
You'll notice the Chuckanut over on the right.
Today (while waiting for things to sell at the Yard Sail) was the
day I wanted to cover the top part. There was just one little problem
. . .
The cloth was just this much (finger really close to my thumb)
too narrow. It was either use another 15' of cloth or figure out
a way to make this piece work.
With nothing to lose, I figured it ought to be OK to slit the cloth
down the middle. I drew a line to keep me more or less on target.
Holy crap! This might actually work. It was draping more or less
OK, enough boats - we headed across the street to Pig
Feathers for a little grub and a beer. Man, it was a pretty
In the morning we laid out our goodies. We had some nice stuff
an we were selling it cheap.
Geoff came by and we got to work skinning the top part of the Chuckanu.
This was all new - all guessing. We started stapling down the port
side. It . . . worked.
Paul and Patty happened to wander in. They live in Bend but have
a commercial fishing vessel and want to know where they can pull
it out and get it serviced. Port
of Toledo - that's where.
Jackie had stopped by on Friday evening, interested in purchasing
my canoe (read the name, understand why I'd bought it) but I told
her no sales before noon on Saturday. She was there, with her checkbook.
That canoe will have a happy home.
Brief interruption as a family stopped by to see what was the hubbub,
Bub. I showed them the Teak Ladies.
Dominick is a sailin' man - even had a rigging knife and fid on
his belt. We were selling those slicks
for $10, an absolute steal.
Dan came by - he's the guy who commissioned the Chuckanu and is
a great friend of the Boathouse. It's been taking longer than anticipated
for me to finish this boat, and I was happy to have him see what
we have done.
I love Skin-on-Frame construction - so light, so beautiful.
There's were I ended up on Saturday - the Chuckanu skinned (need
to stitch the ends and heat shrink it) and, at that point, about
$350 raised for the Teak Ladies. After I left, I got a call saying
the 3.5 Tohatsu Longshaft that had been donated brought in another
$350. The Ladies will be able to ride out this winter in style.