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Old 05-07-2009, 01:01 PM   #57
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Brenda, I have heard of 'Coon' dogs - so why a 'Coon' cat ?

Are you sure Beamer is not a Lynx ? (disguised as a Coon Cat ?)
pretty sure he's the real thing--that's what his papers say...

They pretty much all have those tufted ears that make them look like a wild cat ...

Check out some pics here http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/maine.html

From Wikipedia: The Maine Coon is a breed of domestic cat well known for its distinctive physical appearance. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official State Cat.

Although the Maine Coon's exact origins and date of introduction to the United States are unknown, many theories have been proposed. The breed was popular in cat shows in the late 1800s, but its existence became threatened when long-haired breeds from overseas were introduced in the early 20th century. The Maine Coon has since made a comeback and is now the second most popular cat breed in the world, according to the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA).

The Maine Coon is generally noted for its large bone structure, its rectangular body shape, and a long, flowing coat. The breed can be seen in a variety of colors and are known for their intelligence and gentle personalities.


And, he's definitely very smart (too smart) but a total cupcake in terms of behavior. Looks like a tough guy but acts like a kitten. Conversely, we had another Maine Coon cat for 9 years--he was as tough as he looked and he'd actually chase big dogs (and they'd run in fear somehow knowing that he meant business).
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Conversely, we had another Maine Coon cat for 9 years--he was as tough as he looked and he'd actually chase big dogs (and they'd run in fear somehow knowing that he meant business).
25 lbs of cat that still has all original parts is a lot of cat to deal with. Pound for pound, I would always put my money on the cat. Kind of reminds me of a critter we have around here called a Fisher. Kind of like a small wolverine but with the same attitude and disposition. I have seen them take on brown bears.
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As it is common cause that Coon dogs (Coon hounds) are used to tree RaCoons to enable the brave hunter an easy shot.

Were the early Maine Coon Cats used for the same purpose?

I would certainly have a sign made for the boat , declaring "Beware Coon Cat on Board"
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As it is common cause that Coon dogs (Coon hounds) are used to tree RaCoons to enable the brave hunter an easy shot.

Were the early Maine Coon Cats used for the same purpose?

I would certainly have a sign made for the boat , declaring "Beware Coon Cat on Board"
Our old Maine Coon Cat would have chased anything...so...could be...

No, I think its because in their traditional colors (which Beamer is), from a distance, with their big fluffy tail, they could possibly be confused with a raccoon.

That's just my guess from having a similar cat as a child (in a rural/farming part of Indiana) and fearing for the life of my cat, because people would stop by the road, pull out their gun and shoot at her because she would be in a nearby field and looked like a raccoon with her rounded furry shape and that tail. Lucky for me and my cat that she was quick to hide from them.

The story goes that the Maine Coon Cats were descended from a breed now called the Norwegian Forest Cats who are said to be "the cats that explored the world with the Vikings, protecting the grain stores on land and sea, and which are believed to have left their progeny on the shores of North America as a legacy to the future." Certainly the two breeds are similar with ear tufts and fluffy feet and have similar habits.

Our Norwegian Forest Cat died here in San Diego and we gave him a proper burial at sea--his final resting place several miles offshore in a designated fish sanctuary that we thought he'd like.

Having a cat onboard is very enjoyable for us. Do you have pets traveling with you?

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25 lbs of cat that still has all original parts is a lot of cat to deal with. Pound for pound, I would always put my money on the cat. Kind of reminds me of a critter we have around here called a Fisher. Kind of like a small wolverine but with the same attitude and disposition. I have seen them take on brown bears.
We know of Fishers, I think they have them in Minnesota where David's Dad lives. I wouldn't want to mess with anything bigger than a Pine Martin
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The last thing to do before we get to really sail is step the masts. So, here's an update on the mast-stepping project:

After stripping paint off things and then repainting them (after we'd assured ourselves that things were in good condition) or re-making them (some wood bolsters were cracked and some bronze worn or corroded)....Most all the "stuff" is now residing on the masts (mast rings, top fittings, wires run, tangs for shrouds, thumb bolsters and associated blocking, etc) and I'm almost through leathering the 17 hoops that are needed for the foremast. Seems to take me about 3 to 4 hours to do leather one of those suckers. Nice sit-in-front-of-the-tv work, except I don't seem to have time to sit in front of the tv and do leatherwork...

Almost done with the standing rigging splices that can be done off the boat--one more soft eye for the staysail stay. This boat has a weird combo of soft eyes and tangs. I guess that's what you get when something has been re-rigged so many times over the years. We put the lovely bronze mast track back on the mainmast today and noticed the cut-outs in the blocking under the track which were put there for soft eyes that were at some time later replaced by tangs for shrouds. Feels like we're putting little bits of her history back into the boat

Tomorrow the masts get moved from our inland location to the waterfront yard and they'll be stepped on Monday or Tuesday. We'll be doing touch-up paint over the weekend and cutting the remaining standing rigging to length, installing our new Hi-Mod fittings on tops of everything attached to a tang...and...then, after the masts are stepped, there is a bit more work for me to do the in-place splices on the lower ends of the shrouds and the associated leather work. David has "other" stuff to do like hooking up all the wires we ran for spreader lights, masthead light, steaming light, etc, etc, etc.

More later on our project. Back to another mast hoop
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Hi Brenda,

The masts all in place ? Fully dressed ? Bunting and all ?

photos?

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Hey guys,

I haven't had time to update pics or anything. Here are a couple shots taken during the mast-stepping (May 22, 2009).

David wiring the main mast tri-color light (OGM LED) and Airmar weather station.



Yet another of my splices...this one 7x19 for the gaff throat halyard block...



The foremast with all those leathered mast hoops! ready to be stepped with the crane.



The foremast being stepped...friend John and a boatyard worker guiding in as David and Chris are below deck to make sure it fits the mast step.



David and a truckers' knot to tighten up the halyard used for temporary forward staying of the main mast



David and Chris (aka CL member Dobrodaddy) installing a stay (note a chain instead of the turnbuckle and a temporary cable clip as the stay will be spliced in place after mast stepping)



David using his legs to push the base of the main mast forward so the tenon can align with the notch in the mast step. Chris/Dobrodaddy pulling the mast forward.



She's now stayed "enough" with halyards and a few shrouds for us to get her back to the slip and to start in on the splicing of the lower ends of the shrouds and the "real" staying



That's all for now, as I've not downloaded pics from my camera since then...more later...
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Hi Guys,

What a great job !!!! And she doesn't half look GOOD !

Tell me is that the boom gallows right aft ?

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Tell me is that the boom gallows right aft ?

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Yes, they're not the original gallows, these are from sometime after a "mishap" with the boom which appears to have taken out the boom, the wheel, and the old boom gallows. Sometime after everything that HAS to be done is done, we'll be modifying this boom gallows to be more like the original. This has that straight bar of wood on the top where as the original had a lovely curve that matched the curve of the chart house.
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New Years Eve Sailing Pictures!

It was a pretty day and I did snap a few pictures while we were out sailing in the Pacific.

Pic of David's sister looking out at the birds and dolphins. The schooner America and another boat are in the distance.



The winter sunshine is beautiful.



Staysail and mainsail.



Sailing back under staysail alone, David is in his favorite pose--standing on the helms seat, leaning against the boom, and steering by foot. I'm taking the picture from the open companionway door.

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