Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Welcome aboard

Hi Tom, welcome aboard. I've spent many an hour pouring over your blogsite.


Truly a massive undertaking! I paid special attention on how you did the cabin roof. I may find myself in a similar situation. Keep the pics coming.



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mid day update;

Second set of lights went up after I got the Tyvek stapled on.

Took a lil' break for some hot chocolate and I got owned!

It's hard to get anything done when you've been owned! But I can't complain Bootsie Tootsie Boy is my bestest buddy in the whole world. I think he's looking forward to the boat building project as much as I am.

Welcome aboard Kev. Now if you want to see a very nice canal boat project follow Kev's blog: http://boatbuildblog.blogspot.com/

I'm pretty much out of things to do in the shed for now. It'll be snowing soon so it'll soon be time to hibernate.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Sometimes a little inspiration is all you need

do get you out of the doldrums. I had a great day yesterday. Spent about 5 hours with a fellow boat builder discussing everything imaginable about boats and boat building. His name is Peter and he's building a 31' Bolger Estuary Cruiser. It's a shallow draft river boat with great lines. It's the same length as the boat we're building but a bit narrower and shallower.

Peter gave us all a glimpse of his boat during a recent building shed move. Until then he hadn't (nor had we) seen the "Whole Boat" at one time. Confined in the boat shed you just don't get the opportunity to see it all at once.

The Estuary Cruiser is a narrow boat with a shallow draft. It's designed to be powered by a single 50 HP outboard motor making it extremely versatile and economical. Top speed isn't fast, 6.5 knots, but sometimes you just have to slow down and enjoy life eh?

Peter is a fascinating guy. Different approach to building a boat than me but the goals are still the same. This is his fourth boat he's built and he's got some skills! I only hope I can do half as well. You can read all about Peter's boat here.... Just-fore-the-fun-of-it

Anyhow the visit gave me a lil' kick in the butt to get back to the shed and get some stuff done. The weather was beautiful today and I managed to get some of the smaller chores knocked off the list. (It's a long list!)

One of the things I noticed in Peter's boat shed was the shelves. Shelves are great, they get stuff off the ground so you don't trip over them all the time. This one will hold some of the lighter stuff that kicks around a boat shed.

I got around to unwrapping the big stack of wood that is our boat. I've got to figure out how to get it all organized and sort of out of the way for now.

The other lil' chore I got done was the first two of six fluorescent lights that'll go in the shed. They toss some good light. I'll check later tonight when it's dark. I'm hoping six will be enough.

That's about it till tomorrow. Standby....

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fall is the saddest season

Everything has to be tucked away for the winter! *sigh*

I've never shrunk wrapped a boat before. Dunno if this is going to work or now but it's done.

Not much happening in the boat shed. Pretty much done with it till spring. I did tuck the Camaro in there for the winter so it's a little crowded.

I did get tired of the cold wet water dripping down my neck when opening the door of the shed so I fixed that too!

That's it. Not much else happening. Soon time to hibernate till spring! Standby...