For, you see, the perfect boat would take another ten years, The pretty nice boat would take another five years. The good enough boat would take another 3½ years. We can get the aw hell boat in the water in a couple months. Time is the toll you pay for this endeavor. How much can you spend of the latter half of your life? And.............. you could have purchased the aw hell boat in the first place years ago. I guess you must go through the process. Awwwww, hell!
With the boat yard goal set, the only problem is the dead of summer heat. Ya can't work in the sun. Ya can't work long in the hulls that are baked by the sun. Ya feel guilty for squandering the spring, but I think we did something back then. but my memory fogs, baked by the 103° heat. The only consolation I have is that I started out half baked with this project ...................who says "whillikers"????
So here's the lashing process. It's more weaving than lashing. I fed rope through to provide the parallel lines of rope. we fed the rope through all the holes, then tied a knot at the end. Then we pulled the rope back through to pull the rope taught. At the end, which was really the beginning, we cut the rope and tied a tight stopper knot.
Now the weaving part. I started feeding the line. I know that I will need a lot, so 40' away, I'm pulling the loop- that's 40' out and 40' back. I start weaving using the shuttle I made. It proved unwieldy so I switched to weaving it by hand: over, under, over, under,over, under, over, over, under, over, under, over, dammit, back up, back up, back up, back up, back up. under, over, under, over,,,,,,, until you reach the hole, then thread through the hole, move over, thread through the hole then over, under, over.............. Halfway through, I run out of line, so I have to feed more line through the same route I fed the original weave, again pulling it 40' away. Hopefully it's enough,
Finally I reach the last hole and tie a stopper knot, done,,,,,,,,,nope! Now I have to tighten it Using the rope key I cobbled together, stolen from a video on tightening rope beds from traditional historical craftsmen. So, I work backwards twisting each weft tight with the rope key and holding it with the clamp. I do not know how long it took to do this, because I worked this off and on in short periods until I overheated or went bonkers, or both. I can say that it is tight, like me after three beers!