2227Hrs – Deja Vu
It was back to sanding today. A four hour session and I nearly have one side of one hull done so I reckon that’s about another 18 hours of sanding in front of me….. now why did I do that :-/
On a far more exciting note I picked up on a bit of news today that’s pleased me.
The Polynesian Catamaran Association (PCA) has a new website! The PCA has been a voluntary club for people interested in the designs of James Wharram since 1967. I was a member for a few years when I started building Gleda but sadly the Association had to be wound down a few years ago. Now due to some sterling work by volunteers this new website has been created and due to a direct request from James and Hanneke an archive of all the past PCA publications has now been created, and made available as PDF’s on the site, that’s all 75 issues of The Sea People magazines!
Bob Bois is quoted on the site as follows:
I think the importance of the PCA (and “The Sea People”) lies in its continued inspirational value for those of us still building and dreaming. If I need a question answered immediately, because I am glassing my lower hulls tomorrow, I know the website to consult. But I also need the long-term view. I want to read back issues to follow the development of the designs, to immerse myself in the stories and feel a part of a tradition, to actually meet many of the writers of these articles at sail-ins. That’s the value of the PCA for me.
I couldn’t agree more.
For those of us enchanted by Wharram Designs this archive will be fascinating and informative reading. Heartfelt thanks must go to Bill Barker, Bob Bois and John & Kat Wilkie for their work. I believe the intention is to to start producing new issues of ‘SeaPeople’ if like me you think this is a cause worth supporting I encourage you to visit the site, click on the ‘history’ tab and read James’ history of the PCA, it’s fascinating. Then if you can provide any stories or pictures for future issues contact John & Kat via the contact page.
The new website can be found at www.pca-seapeople.net