I look back at the archives (over → there) and see that I have been warping the minds of boat builders for over 4½ years. You two guys should seek therapy. Reading this gobbledegoogle can cause serious side effects. I met a guy in the boat yard that said he met the designer on several occasions. I told him that I cursed the designer on several occasions. See? I"m warped!
Thanks to Olivier for his comment. He's only in it for the music. Smart man. No wait, he already has his boat in the water. Not so smart, man. The music has been a chance to hear songs from everywhere. It seems that when it comes to music, boat folk only know Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley. There's more and I hope that I have exposed you to at least one song that has touched your soul. Right now I have Sam Cooke singing sweetly to me.
Everybody loves my boat. As all craftsmen, I see the flaws and errors, the slings and arrows, the dings and narrows of outrageous fortune. My philosophical attitude has changed as a first time builder of boats. Initially you conceive of the perfect boat. Slowly that concept erodes to a good solid boat that can take you through reality, sloughing off the fantasy that initiated this process like ablative bottom paint. Now I see a neat craft that reflects my quirkiness, something that I have in abundance.
So, here I sits almost finished. Those of you that want to know the monetary cost of building such a vessel must think of the $10K principle. The materials you need to finish the boat costs about that much. Epoxy: $10K, Lumber: $10K, Electric system (Granted, mine is pretty deluxe): $10K, Plumbing (again, deluxe): $10K. You get the picture. So, you ask, how much? $104K for materials with about $6K to go. Don't even ask me about time. The designer says 3,000 hours or so. It is false. It does not include the parts trips, the online shopping, the cleaning of the work space, the contemplation of the solutions to complex plans, the studying of the plans, the cursing. the weather delays, or adding amenities such as a toilet. It is a perfect world concept, something that doesn't exist. Figure 5-10 years of your life, then think back of that person you were 5-10 years ago. You will change again that much during the process. So tread carefully. I won't even mention the stresses on your personal relationships. Me? I don't even buy unripe bananas anymore, lest I change my mind.
A brief cold snap and a brief lazy streak gave me a couple days off to pursue nothingness. I did.
The guys at the boat yard must like me. They keep delaying my parts order promising that it's "on order" so I'll stick around.