C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Monday, May 24, 2010

the birth of a new project...

One of the objectives of creating the boom gallows was to provide a secure attachment point for a cockpit bimini.  With the gallows nearing completion, we need to begin ordering materials for the bimini.  No problem... I'll just go out and grab a couple measurements...
five hours later we had created a plywood template that contained two different designs and an outline of the gallows.  We took the sheet of plywood out to boat to test the "fit"...
By days end we did create a parts list and order the hardware, but we continue to experiment with the shape of the aft support arch.  The arch will be a single section of 7/8 OD stainless steel tubing braced via a single, horizontal strut to the gallows.

We need to create is a template to take to Paradise Welding so that they can transform a 12' section of tubing into a series of curves that will 1) fit with the aesthetics of the vessel 2) not impede the mainsheet or other rigging 3)create frame for the bimini that will keep the sun off our bodies and the rain out of the cockpit.

And so begins the bimini project.

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