Sunday, April 18, 2010

Back to Glass

We started glassing the frame pieces to the stringers and hull. It was a short session, so we didn't get very far, but it was fun nonetheless.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Actual, Real, Genuine Boat Work

It's been a long time coming, but we actually worked on the boat itself today... approximately sixteen months since we last made any progress on the boat building project. Today, we leveled out the boat, and fit the cross member frame pieces.

To give you some idea of how large the hull is, what you see in between the frame pieces is a pry bar.

Alternatively, this may give you a better idea of the scale we're dealing with...

Next time, we plan to start securing the frame pieces to the stringers and hull. YEAH!! We get to play with epoxy again.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Trail-er-ing Behind Schedule

It's a fortunate circumstance that we have no schedule for finishing this project. Instead of getting back to the boat itself, we once again spent another day adding one last pair of bunks to the trailer. Greg is now satisfied that the trailer adequately supports the weight of the boat.

During our last couple of sessions, Greg and I noticed a slight twist in the boat's hull along the roll axis. While the stern is still straight, both relative to the trailer and to the floor, the bow is slightly uneven. So, we're going to spend the next session re-leveling and re-truing the hull. This will make sure that we have quality workmanship when we really get back to work.

Hey, any work we do is progress, right?

Monday, February 08, 2010

In the Bunk House

As I mentioned before, these last couple of sessions haven't yielded any progress on the boat itself. We have, however, been laying the ground work for moving forward with the actual project. During our last couple of sessions, we've installed his air compressor, reinforced the supports on the boat trailer, and worked on making sure that the boat is level in relation to the trailer. The latter two pieces of work will allow us to make sure that the boat is built true, with no sagging or unexpected unevenness in the floor.

Our goal is to work on the boat itself next time. We plan to install and secure the cross-member frame pieces.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

More Boat Work - Sort Of

Greg and I have had a second session of boat work. Okay, it wasn't really, directly, actually working on the boat itself, but we're making progress toward getting back at the task of constructing the boat.

Yesterday, I helped him mount his air compressor to the floor in the garage. He's been there over a year now, and is just now getting around to this task. That should help you all understand why and how such a long hiatus occurred in the first place.

The next thing you need to understand is that the boat's shell has become a sort of storage container. Specifically, he stored a canoe, a touring kayak, and many, many aluminum pop and beer cans in the hull of his yet-to-be-named watercraft-in-the-making. After mounting the air compressor, we hung some pulleys from the ceiling, which allowed Greg to hang the canoe and kayak, thus allowing us to resume our project.

You may notice that we're now doing this every other weekend. This means that the boat will probably be finished in about two years -- assuming that we don't take any more sabbaticals. It also means that we'll probably be ready to actually work on the boat itself in approximately one month. Next week, we will finish shoring up the trailer, and finish wiring the air compressor -- if Greg hasn't completed that task by our next boat building session.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Hiaitus Too Long

Greg and I worked on the boat yesterday. Well, we didn't actually work on the boat itself yesterday... we did a little bit of work on how the trailer supports the boat, in preparation for getting back to work on the actual project.

When I thought back to the last time we worked on the boat, I knew that it had been more than a year... Greg's been in his new house for about 13 months. I estimated that it had been a year and a half. No, it's been longer... it's been approximately 20 months. Fortunately, I think that Greg's ready to get back to it. I guess we'll see how things progress.