The 18-Wire Solution

September 24, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,945 Finished two big electrical projects last week that pretty much wrapped up the systems end of the Tardis project. The first one was boat electrics 101 simple:  connect the battery charger to the bow thruster battery.  The thruster will probably get a solar panel when its

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Great Boat, Great Cruise

September 13, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,930 We planned to head east last Tuesday, but an ugly cold front was lurking to our west, so we went Thursday instead and were glad we did during the rain and thunder on Wednesday.  Thursday was sunny and dry, so we decided to make the run

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Ready to Go (I Think)

September 4, 2017   Hours :  3,944 One of my marina neighbors asked the other day, “Any problems with the boat?”  And I replied, “The only problem with the boat is that I can’t seem to get it DONE!” I have only been working on the Tardis in my “spare time” so the floor finishing, helm

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First Overnight

August 27, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,924 John and I took the Tardis up the Connecticut River to Brewer’s Deep River Marina last week for a short cruise to check out basic capabilities: — Refrigerator worked — Hot water heater worked — Water pressure worked — Head worked (but forgot toilet paper holder

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Efficiency Test

August 21, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,908 John ad I took the Tardis out last week at slack tide in light winds to get some measurements of fuel burn versus speed and get a better idea of ideal running parameters prior to our first short cruise.  We ran reciprocal courses with and against what wind there

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Cushions Are In

August 11, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,898 The cabin cushions became sort of a meandering “they will be ready next week” project somewhat like the engine install, but like the engine, they came out perfectly in terms of fit and quality from “Nautical Needles” in Westbrook.  Price was exactly what I paid for a

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Bow Thruster and Bilges

August 5, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,881 Hauled the Tardis week before last at Brown’s Boat Yard and found exactly what I expected:  no prop on the thruster.  But also what I did not expect:  absolutely no sign of stress or damage that would make the prop sheer off. So I think the

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Chasing Leaks and New Video

July 24, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,854 I woke up this morning to pouring rain.  Perfect!  A great chance to evaluate my progress in eliminating deckhouse leaks. All boats have leaks.  Water will get into the tiniest cracks.  I found one over the stove, where water was getting under the outside trim and

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Maiden Voyage

July 13, 2017 Sorry for the delay in posting, but I had done nothing but work on the boat for months, and other obligations had built up — namely prepping and making kit parts for the annual Connecticut River Museum Boatbuilding Workshop, and getting our steamboat Osprey ready to launch now that all mechanical work

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The WoodenBoat Show

July 5, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,743 The WoodenBoat Show was as good as I had hoped it would be — fun, exhilarating and a great showcase for a boat that’s really pretty unique. The best part was having Mark Smaalders, her designer, and his partner Christine come all the way from the

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