Into the fire you go!

Well there’s no turning back now, the Seadog will be getting a set of new (second-hand) aluminium masts. As you can see in the pictures below the old wooden mast where in pretty bad shape and even though they could have easily been repaired, it would have taken a lot of work and will always have needed extra maintenance.
So we borrowed the chainsaw from my dad and chopped the two masts into small pieces for easy transport. This new form factor also makes the wood perfect for it’s next function, which will be firewood!
A friend of mine (Bart) was nice enough to help out, and his parents could use the extra firewood for the coming winter. So we loaded up their car and resupplied their firewood pile.

Back in Juli I did actually already found and purchased a very cheap second-hand (relatively small) aluminium mast which can be used as the (mizzen) aftermast at the back of the boat. But I am still searching for a good mainmast so if anyone knows of a place to get a second-hand aluminium mast of approximately 12-14 meters please let me know!

The Seadog Life now has a Facebook page

Seadog under sail back in 1974
Seadog under sail back in 1974

To broaden the exposure of the Seadog Life to the world, the website now also has a Facebook page. If you are reading this and are willing to help the Seadog out a little, please like the Facebook page and share it with all your friends and family. When you like the Facebook page, new blog posts will show up in your Facebook timeline so you will know when there is a new story. Also please click the “like” button in your timeline if you like a post, because this will greatly help The Seadog Life become more popular.

You can find the Seadog Life Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/theseadoglife

The “like” button can be found in the black and white cover image.
Many, many thank!

Nice work!
Nice work!

The Seadog is back – theseadog.life

A bight new horizon
A bight new horizon

Today is the start of a new paradigm for the Seadog blog. It has been a while since the last post. Also the frequency of new posts has been rather irregular, but this is all about to change. I have been hard at work to create a better looking layout, design and a better concept for this website. Also the domain name has been changed from http://aboutseadog.com to http://theseadog.life to reflect this change.

The new concept for the website directly ties in with the new domain name. The Sea Dog (.) Life will still be a place where I will write about the restoration of the Seadog, but it will also focus on living aboard a sailboat in general. This new concept will (hopefully) provide helpful tips and tricks about living on and restoring an old sailboat. Some new pages and menu items were added to reflect the new concept. More information about that can be found in the “About this Blog” pages. The “About the Seadog” page has also been added. On this page one can find the historical and technical data of the Seadog and the Formosa 37 design.

From now on there will be a strict schedule in the frequency of post. Meaning there will be a new post ones a week on Sundays. Since it’s been a couple of months since the last post, I will first be adding posts with information of the restoration work that has taken place since then. The dates of those posts will be set to the days on which that restoration work took place (and the photo’s where taken), which will be weeks / months ago. This means those post will added below this post.

For a quick sneak peek of the restoration work till now, check out the photo’s below. Of course a lot is missing in this quick overview. To check all the restoration work be sure to check out the new “Restoration” section of the blog.

I hope everyone likes the new design and will find this new concept entertaining as well as useful. If so, please be sure to share it with friend and family who might like it as well. Happy reading….

Seadog back in 2011
Seadog back in 2011
Breaking apart the cabin
Breaking apart the cabin
Cabin from inside without wall
Cabin from inside without wall
Cabin wall fully removed
Cabin wall fully removed
Rebuilding the cabin
Rebuilding the cabin
Rebuilding the cabin roof
Rebuilding the cabin roof
New cabin finished
New cabin finished

New cabin painted
New cabin painted
Removing teak deck
Removing teak deck

New cabin fully painted
New cabin fully painted
Finished painting the deck
Finished painting the deck
Teak hand rail restored
Teak hand rail restored
New potholes permanently placed in new cabin
New portholes permanently placed in new cabin