Page 29 - Masthead18

This is a SEO version of Masthead18. Click here to view full version

« Previous Page Table of Contents Next Page »

With a completely new design, you don’t always have a blank page. The owner may have very strong ideas about how things should be done or what the boat should look like, and Ida May was no different. The new Ida is to take passen-gers, and have the kind of accommodation that would never be found on an original oyster boat. There were discussions of hybrid electric diesel drive, wheelchair accessible heads, offshore capability and lecture room. This list of aspirations went through the design spiral many times; they were chopped and changed, mangled and twisted and handed back for interpretation by the designer.

The two points that were agreed from the beginning were the finished boat, was to pass Coast Guard approval as a passenger vessel and resemble as closely as possible, the original Ida May . These points had to be addressed from outset of design. The most apparent problem was the super low freeboard amidships. Although a great advantage when heaving the heavy dredge rake filled with shellfish over the side, the small freeboard was going to be a big disadvan-tage while trying to keep the deck dry and allowing the cal-culations to show the 70 degrees of positive stability re-quired by the Coast Guard.

“The sheer would have to rise,” I explained to a general cho-rus of, heresy . I showed the hull with increasing sheer height but maintained the bulwarks. I assured the committee there is no other way to have the profile echo the original and still conform to the requirements of the USCG, who let’s face it, weren’t involved in stability considerations of fishing boats 100 years ago.

I worked up a new set of lines, fairing out some of her ugly wave-making curves. A particularly odd aspect of the origi-nal was the strange shape of the forefoot. It was explained to me that the builders simply used the wood that was avail-able to them rather than waiting for the perfectly shaped

piece. It looked cut back at an angle like the forefoot of a icebreaker. To this day I have my doubts whether this an was deliberate and intended. Although there may have b merit in having an ice breaking ability, it distorted the hul lines badly.

By raising the sheer 18 inches and leaving the fore and a bulwarks descending only as a façade past the sheer and then only raising the massive 8 inch diameter half round rubbing streak by 6 inches we kept the general appearan close to original. She now looked more like a seaboat to eye, and the hydrostatics and stability calcs proved it.

Internal changes were fun to work out. Her motor was to fitted under the main hatch rather than under the wheel-house, much to the delight of her new engineer elect. Th space under the house will have a head, a useable bunk space, and the electrics panel as well as space for up to people to sit out of the weather.

The coamings on the hatches are raised to 18 inches hig double as seating and storage for life jackets. Transverse bulkheads are located at the winch Sampson post, at the forward end of the deckhouse and at the aft end of the house. Tanks are located far outboard and they are easil replaced cylindrical steel. These are chocked in against t huge deck knees and almost fit to the hull without being specifically shaped for the hull.

At this time, the felled trees that will be swan to ribs and beams are seasoning and the keel baulk has been chose and rough cut. I am happy to say we did not have to use whatever timbers we might have had on hand this time, did we have to wait too long for the perfectly grained fore foot and stem. My expectations are very high for the new

May , and maybe—with a good skipper and a five yearly to side and bottom treat—she might just outlive her namesa

The Lighter Side . . .

Scientific Conversions?

01. Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi  02. 2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton  03. 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope  

04. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond  

05. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram  06. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong  

07. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Sterling  08. Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon  09. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz  10. Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower  

11. Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line  12. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake  13. 1 million‐million microphones = 1 megaphone  

14. 2 million bicycles = 2 megacycles  15. 365.25 days = 1 unicycle  

16. 2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds  17. 52 cards = 1 decacards  

18. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 FigNewton  19. 1000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen  20. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche  21. 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin  22. 10 rations = 1 decoration  23. 100 rations = 1 C‐ration  24. 2 monograms = 1 diagram  25. 4 nickels = 2 paradigms  

26. 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale Un versity Hospital = 1 IV League  27. 100 Senators = Not 1 decision  

With thanks (we think) to Jay Jeffries

Page 29 - Masthead18

This is a SEO version of Masthead18. Click here to view full version

« Previous Page Table of Contents Next Page »