Sunday, September 19, 2010

I'd say it was a good days work

Made some progress today with a lil' help from some friends.

First section up! This thing is a monster! There's no way to conceive in your head how big this thing is going to be until you start to put it up!

Second section and another WTF have I gotten myself into now moment!

Last section and last bow!

Still a lot of work to do. It has to be trued up and all the horizontal & diagonal strapping put in. I have to frame in the ends and cover them with plastic first then the entire structure can be covered with the shrink wrap plastic. Next week likely! Standby....

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Now I know how Noah felt

The rains have finally let up and I got around to working on the bow shed again. There's no way one person can put one this big up by themselves so I have to rally some troops tomorrow to lift the first section up. It'll go up in three sections, 10', 12' and another 10' section. The center section will have three 1/2" eye bolts that hopefully will be strong enough to lift the engine into the boat. By all guestimates it should!

The hardest part was getting the ridge in place. It took a few extra hands and paws but we got it done. Next step is to use some old carpet scraps to make a flexible hinge on the opposite side bows. This allows you to life the ridge and walk the bows inwards lifting it into place. Sounds good in theory! It'll have to wait till tomorrow till a few more hands arrive. Kinda looks like a giant spider spreading its legs here!

Standby...... More to come!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Rain rain go away!

It seems like it's been raining here for the past two weeks. Every time I try to work on the shed it rains. *sigh* So to console myself I decided to go shopping! Isn't that what everybody does? Our new boat now has a Wheel! :-)

Hopefully the weather will cooperate a bit this weekend so I can start assembly on the bow shed. Standby....

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hotter 'n hell to colder 'n hell in 24 hrs!

Friday it's hotter 'n hell. I managed to get 5 bows made before it got too hot to work. Its supposed to be cooler on Saturday so I figured I can knock out the rest. Wrong. Saturday comes and it's colder 'n hell. I'm running around looking for a jacket and gloves! WTF?

Anyhow brief update:

Looking more like a messy construction site now eh?

I've still got 3 bows to make. I want to double up the center span because that's where I'll lift the engine into the boat. I can't believe how much work these things are, they're turning out to be a bigger production than building the boat!!!

The remaining three bows should be done today then I have to build a stage (scaffold) to be able to reach the peak. It's up there about 17 feet! Once that's done and I can rally up some help the next report should be of the actual assembly of this monster! Standby....