Ok so the weather turned bad Monday after noon and we mostly goofed off for a day and a half. Monday, before it rained, I slapped a couple coats of bottom paint on the Mirror. I also worked on the aluminum keel band. The way I repaired this has added a lot of weight to the boat. Instead of being light and nimble, it's a bit pudgy and difficult to roll over, like me (help, I've fallen.......... ).
This Mirror is almost finished! It calls for an aluminum keel band, which I shaped and screwed on. Was I done? Nooooooooo, You have to take all the million screws out, drill all the holes out, fill with epoxy, drill out the epoxy and screw it back on; royal pain.
That's me filling the holes with epoxy. Ben worked on a couple things. A two dollar garage sale find of a router table.
Which he dismantled, painted ($8.00) put new bolts on ($3.00) and reassembled. So now we have a great $2.00 router table (hah!). He also worked on a new step for the forward cabins. We discovered that, when Budgetboater put the hatch coamings in, it raised the step by 3 inches and we couldn't climb out of the forward cabins! 20/20hindsite.......
Lika dat! He also worked on the mast case some more, putting in a deflector for anchor chain.
And a front compartment end.
Same thing, only different. He also discovered the mast case practical side as a containment device for Grin and Bear it, The Boater Kidz.
He is working on tops for the storage and anchor compartments. One last item to install is the block that supports the windlass. This was worked on by us all (not you all). Ben glued it up. Budge drilled it out and I cut the hole for the chain to pass through.
So all we have to do is glue it in. Here is the general idea. Motor goes on shaft sticking out below the block, tight quarters.
Be has moved on to the rudders completion. We glued them up previously and now need to complete them. These suckers are big and heavy. Ben slammed into a frustration point so I had to help out. Once the epoxy is mixed, any snag increases the stress tenfold. The clock ticks if you're ready or not.
Budge worked on the forward ventilation hatch.
Ben worked on toad resuscitation....................... didn't work, left a bad taste in his mouth.
I worked on the goose shelf for the head. I also fiddled with the Navigation station a lot.
Now that the Canadian Monarch butterflies have passed through, the Canadian geese are passing by. Ben pointed out a large V formation above. Soon the Canadians themselves will head for their wintering grounds in Florida. Look hard- it's those teeny dots-the geese, not the Canadians.
Thanks for the recent comments by Tom (Hey! Tom) and David, who I thought would have something better to do with his time than read this site. It just shows to go ya that you never can tell who will read this site! I am sure that a professional boatbuilder like David will learn nothing from my ramblings. And while I am mentioning my miniscule followers, Much congratulations to Nick and Jen, who just got married October 22nd! In lieu of flowers, please send a case of beer to acatnameddog.com. Now one last picture of Grin and Bear It. Cuuuuuuute,
It took 'til Friday for me to figure out we were off of daylight savings time and on on normal time again. I guess that's what they mean by "Boat Time". Over the past year we have become more detached from the "Real" world. I got smatterings of school shootings, Ebola, something about looking for a plane in the Pacific (Amelia Earhart??), elections, spree shootings (if they would just change the order of shooting; first shoot themselves, then the other people), sports championships, and whatever famous chick singers were doing to shock the populace (I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!).
Dan is unique.
Chuck! Send money!