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Cedar, Books, and Boats 🌲📔🚤 - Issue #67

Friends, the newsletter experiment continues, this time with lots of photos. My computer died last we
Cedar, Books, and Boats 🌲📔🚤 - Issue #67
By Lee LeFever • Issue #67 • View online
Friends, the newsletter experiment continues, this time with lots of photos. My computer died last week and that threw off my normal routines. I’m thankful that modern technology has made the death of a computer less of a catastrophe. It was old and faltering and backed up in multiple ways. Recovering will be a cinch. 
I hope your computer is updated and backed-up. This NYT article is a nice summary of how to do it.

Here are a few things I shared over the last week:
From the Blog
The Big Enough ebook (along with the paperback) is now available for pre-order on all the major book websites. The audiobook is also complete, but won’t be available until after the book is published on September 15th.
It would mean a lot to me if you’d consider pre-ordering Big Enough because pre-orders can help the book get attention when it comes out. 
I shared the book project on Facebook for the first time yesterday and was heartened by the response. I need and want to feel more comfortable promoting it and it helped to see friends be excited with me.
The House Project
Sachi and I spent the weekend on sweat equity. One of the early design decisions was to use western red cedar for some of our ceiling and soffits under the eaves of the house. It’s a tree that’s abundant on the island and comes in boards that are knot-free, or “clear”, with beautiful color variations and straight grains. The construction team was excited about the quality of the wood. I am still learning how to judge such things. 
Before the cedar can be installed, it needs to be stained so it’s protected from UV rays and weather. This became our job. We used a transparent, satin finish. The boards needed to be stained on both sides, sanded on the front side, and then stained once more on the front. 
To make it easier, Casey, one of Drew’s guys, made these “paint trees” that are racks for staining and drying multiple boards at once. So much easier!
We probably got through about 40% of the boards that need staining, mainly because the rack can only hold so many. Once they get installed, we will go back and stain more. 
The stack of cedar
The stack of cedar
Rolling it on
Rolling it on
Stained and unstained boards
Stained and unstained boards
Full rack
Full rack
Awaiting a second coat
Awaiting a second coat
Crabs and Boats
Crab season started on Thursday and we were ready to be back on the water with our little boat, Short Story. After a slow start, we’re finding our rhythm.
Three Dungeness crabs
Three Dungeness crabs
The longer I live on the island, the more fascinated I become with boats of all shapes and sizes. A side effect of COVID is an increase in boating because it’s a safe vacation for many. Those vacationers end up in places like Deer Harbor, where we keep our boat and I love keeping a mental inventory of the boats I see. Someday we want to have a boat we can sleep on but for now, we’re just dreaming.
Speaking of dreams, a superyacht appeared in Deer Harbor recently that was bigger than anyone had ever seen in the area. It was the Attessa IV, owned by Dennis Washington. 332 feet long, a crew of 22, and recently rebuilt. Amazing.
Attessa IV
Attessa IV
Like the cedar, I’m learning to notice and appreciate boat design and lately, loving the classics. There are a couple of classic wooden yachts in Deer Harbor that date back to the 50s and 60s and are immaculately kept. I believe they are both Chris Crafts. You can just imagine Frank Sinatra on the bow with a cocktail.
MV Lovedrive
MV Lovedrive
MV Miramar
MV Miramar
On the second day of crabbing, this boat (with 900 horsepower across three motors) came screaming up to us. It was the Washington Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, stopping to make sure we were in full compliance. We were and they were very nice.
WDFW Police
WDFW Police
As much as I love watching these boats, I am very satisfied with our little 15’ Short Story. She does the job!
Until next time!
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