Bow Thruster Install Done

February 14, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,406 February is a cruel month in New England.  We always get a few 50 degree days early on (60 degrees this year) then get slammed.  So between a blizzard, a regular snowstorm and a weather-delayed trip to New York, it has been hard to keep up a

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Giant Holes in Boat!

February 5, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,369 Spent most of the week cutting big holes in the bow of the boat for installation of a Vetus 25 bow thruster.  Bow thrusters were pretty much confined to luxury yachts when I started sailing, but new technology has made them accessible to almost any cruiser.

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Making Doors

January 29, 2017  Hours spent building to date: 3,334 I have only made two cabinet doors in my life to this point, some 20 years ago for a freestanding closet to house John’s off-season clothes, Legos, games, etc.  But they turned out to be too tall for their width, and in the damp of our basement

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Shades of Gray

January 20, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,287 With a big assist from Ray, painted the hull with three coats of Interlux Brightsides “Seattle Gray.”  It wasn’t all that hard with about an hour to sand between coats with 320 grit and an hour to paint.  We used a “roll and tip-roll” technique with

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Bought the Engine!

January 16, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,261 There is no decision that has taken more research or created more comments from people who have seen this boat than the choice of an engine. On one of the spectrum was designer Mark Smaalders suggesting that a 60-70 horse four-stroke would accomplish the boat’s mission just fine. 

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The Varnished Truth

January 9, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,234 I’ve been slogging away at the trim varnish and it is finally done.  My recipe is a modified version of the Lackey Method: 5 coats of Interlux Schooner gloss for depth, then 2 coats Interlux Goldspar Satin to create a furniture-like “rubbed effect.”  First two thinned

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Small Jobs

December 31, 2016   Hours spent building to date:  3,202 Over the holidays, I thought I would take on some jobs that could be done in two-to-three hour sessions, sandwiched in between other activities: — Obviously,  wiring up the nav lights was one.  Connection was easy, but I had to send for some larger raceways, since

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Christmas Bling

December 22, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  3,174 For the last two Christmas holidays, Tardis has received a set of beautiful bronze opening ports from Newfound Metals.  This year the tradition continues with exquisite bronze handrail hardware from Newfound, which I had been admiring for years.   But every time I thought about them,  I was

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A Satisfying Job

December 14, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  3,160 I finished these navigation lights, copied from a beautiful design by Tim Lackey,  on August 9, 2014:  two years, four months and 5 days ago.  They were a motivational tool of sorts — building a set of beautiful lights with no boat to go under them would

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Windows Are In!

December 9, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  3,148 Ray and I put in all the windows yesterday, and I did the finish work today. These are really, really good windows.  They are heavily constructed, fit and finish is Mercedes quality and they look great.  They are called Motion Windows from Peninsula Glass in Vancouver Washington.

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