Making the Binnacle

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February 18, 2017

February has been another busy month at Schooner House working on Huron Jewel. Virtually all the hull planking inside has been sealed with epoxy – only the flotation airspace forward of the first bulkhead remains. Paint has been applied to the interior so that I can start building the galley and berths.

Tom, a volunteer, has done most of the work on the binnacle, which is nearing completion. The binnacle will hold the navigation electronics and radio, a bank of switches and the engine instruments and controls, all topped with the ship’s compass.

And we have glued up the centerboard core, ready for skinning with plywood and fiberglass. The steering arrangement has all been built and only needs fastening in. The parts have arrived for the wheel-box, so that project will start soon. The marine transmissions should arrive soon, so mounting them and the engines and propeller shafts is coming right up. The tanks are about ready to go in and be plumbed. Then there are deck beams and coachroof beams and six spars to make up… It will be another busy month!

Our website is up at, where you can read more about Schooner Huron Jewel and where we will be sailing her. Discounted tickets for this year’s sailing season are now available for purchase online. Trips are available for 2 hour daysails, half-day river cruises, bed and breakfast stays, and five and ten day cruises. If you would like a longer trip give us a call and we’ll be happy to plan a trip for you.

Want to learn more about Schooner Huron Jewel? Go to or stop by! Schooner House at 38988 S McKenzie Pt Rd., Drummond Island, MI. If we’re there we’re happy to answer your questions.

Want to get involved? Give us a call (906-440-5338) or stop by there’s plenty to do, no previous experience required.

– Captain Hugh

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