Tender Davits, CNC Routing and more

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Almost done with the davits, getting along cutting patterns for casting our bow rollers. Making plans for adding a 3D printer to our Tormach CNC mill, and still thinking about where to put wheels under the boat. Many thanks to Herb for his help!





Betsy’s Banana Bread

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Coffee cake and banana bread seems to be favorites among the crewmembers and as I keep misplacing my recipe for banana bread, I’m going to put it on the blog….   now when I say I can’t find it, you can remind me.  🙂

Doug eats lots of bananas.  Tinka eats lots of bananas (yes, seriously.. the Basset loves bananas).   The trouble is, they both prefer not quite ripe bananas.  If there’s any black spots on the peel, Doug won’t touch it.   Ripe bananas (which can get VERY ripe by the time I realize nobody is touching them) get tossed into the freezer in plastic bags.   Whether you peel or leave the banana peel on, they will thaw out as mushy things that you think can’t possibly be any good, but they do just fine for banana bread.

So when the mood hits for banana bread, take a stick of butter out of the fridge and a bag of frozen bananas (3-4 bananas) and let them sit on the counter for an hour or so until they are both soft and mushy.

1⁄2 cup softened butter
1 1⁄4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 ripe bananas (about 1 cup)
1⁄4 cup milk
2 cups flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


Cream butter & sugar. Add bananas, milk, vanilla & eggs. Slowly add the flour, soda and salt and mix just until blended then stir in the nuts. Grease & flour 1 bread pan (I typically do 2 of the smaller loafs .. I think they’re 8×4).   I also put parchment paper on the side/bottom of the pans so I have a sling to pull them out.   This just goes for a better looking loaf that comes out of the pan in one piece.   Bake about 60 minutes at 350 F  or until a knife comes out just clean.

Let them cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes then take them out and cool until Doug smells them.  Once he’s spotted fresh, hot banana bread, it’s pretty much history.   This freezes really well.  We keep it in the fridge…  WHEN for some reason Doug hasn’t already eaten it.

Tormach CNC Setup, Bending Pipe, Plasma Cutting and more

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We managed to work around the weather that Jim Hensel brought with him from Portland Oregon and got a bunch of work done. The davit pipes are bent, the bow roller plate is cut, the Tormach PCNC 770 has a stand and enclosure, and we have wheels for the boat courtesy of Seven D Trailers, as well as a ships bell and other gifts. We are very grateful for the absolutely fantastic support we are receiving from our little world wide community. And thank you for sharing your project photos. You can send those to me at SVSeeker@ymail.com

Cleaning, Sewing, Organizing, New Tools and Boat Building

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Our new Tormach CNC Mill arrived and we made room for it and spruced up the shop and yard.  Many thanks to our crew.   I just love that folks.   We had Bruce from Oklahoma City who is going to help with our hydraulics, Joachim who was in the States from Norway, and Leigh for New Brunswick.   Leigh was a special treat as he started as a commercial fisherman at 13 years old and has built dozens of boats.   And in Bart and Jack and Jim who came for a visit and stated too long, and we had a good time got a lot of work done.  Seeker crew rock!  –Doug


Seeker LIVE Mar 4, 2017 – Shop Remodel

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Excellent weekend.  Bruce came up from OKC and he it going to be helping design our hydraulic system.  Leigh and Caroline stopped in from New Brunswick.  Awesome to spend the weekend with a man that has spent his life on the water.   Jack and Bart and Joachim Johansen from Norway rounded out the crew.  Dam if we didn’t get everything out of the shop, the walls stripped bare, the shelves built and everything piled back inside by Saturday night. Sunday we started cleaning up the boat yard and making ready to get back to the old cut weld grind.   Thanks everyone for the awesome support. –Doug








Davits EFA

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We asked our viewers to help with the FEA, or Finite Element Analysis which is a computer process that predicts if a structure is adequate for a specific load. My engineering background is “that looks strong enough” and all items are measured by the number of pounds they sustained before doing permanent damage to the structure. Engineers work from the other direction. They start with a design load then build a structure in the computer and plug in a “safety factor” such as 2.5 which means the structure should actually only fail when 2.5 times it’s design load is applied. The FEA simulation identifies the portion of the structure nearest the safety factor. Unfortunately this is a complete waste of time on us farm boys who know they do this and will apply twice the recommended load with little concern.  …unless it is Chinese made.

Francys Therrien from Montreal, Quebec stepped forward and modeled our davits in CAD, ran the FEA process and generated a detailed report.  It was best to run the FEA without the attachments to the pilothouse roof, but we will attach them to the roof as they will add support to the roof as well as gain some support from the roof.  The bottom line is that each davit can be loaded with 3371 pounds and stay within the 2.5 safety factor.   So will I be willing to put 7000 pounds on one davit?   Hell Yes!

Thank you Francys!