Monday, May 31, 2010

A Late Night Thought...

Well here i am (joel) trying to get some sleep an it just isn't happening. You would think after 2 days straight of laying on asphalt and concrete fiberglassing,sanding,grinding, sweating, lifting a 300 pound keel a total of 7 times, and being covered in more fiberglass dust and copper mixed paint than the body can safely take, you would think i would be tired by now...... Everyone around is getting their boats launched and we are still on the parking lot. It is hard to watch white sails grow ever more distant in the setting sun only to disappear in the following moonlit sky. In the back of my head i keep telling myself "that will be me soon enough, I just need to keeping moving forward." You can say i am a perfectionist....Or at least i try to be. When working on the boat, or any boat, I always try to keep a few things in mind; function, strength, integrity, maintenance, weight, and cost....not necessarily in that order. The boat has small blisters scattered under the waterline. The Iron keel needs to be faired and so does the rudder. The upgraded seacocks and their bulletproof backing plates are coming along nicely and so are all the little odd end projects Emily and i have been working on lately. It may be taking time, patience, and a few headaches, but when she is finally in the water she will be one of the best looking boats on the lake(in my opinion :)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A little bit of paint goes a long way

Well, today Joel and I were back at it again. It's amazing how many people there are at the marina when it's nearly 90 degrees outside instead of 20... lol. Amongst all of the Memorial Weekend bustle, Joel worked on sanding the hull, and re-attaching the dome that covers the sliding hatch. Meanwhile, I was down in the boat wiping down the hull and applying a coat of paint... and boy, does it look great! The off-white tone brightens up the interior immensely; plus, it looks so much better than the ugly brown paint that was there before. Check it out!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

a few photos of progress

The boat has been coming along slowly but surely. we are still in the process of fixing some small blisters and fairing the keel and rudder. We had one heck of a time trying to drop the rudder down. fortunately with a bit of help(thanks schmitty!) i was able to drop it down. i will be replacing the upper bearing but i am unsure whether i am going to buy one from the factory or create a new one from a pillow bearing. i am getting antsy to get her floating soon!!!! she is getting there but not soon enough!!!!! :)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Another day...

Yesterday Joel, Bob (Joel's dad), and I went to the lake again. The guys managed to drop the rudder with a bit of help from Schmitty (the guy who is basically groundskeeper of the marina). I was at work swabbing the galley (yet again... so much dust from Joel's various sanding attempts). I also repainted the part of the hull that will lie directly behind the nav. station. Joel continued grinding away at the keel, and Bob worked on tightening up the lifelines and stanctions. By the end of the day we were all coated in sweat, grit, dust, and grime... so, we all indulged in showers there at the marina. Oh yeah, and we made Joel take us to Dairy King in Breese and get us burgers, spicy chicken sandwiches, and chocolate ice cream... lol. All in all, it was a pretty productive day.