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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It’s Showtime!

June 27, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,737 Feverish preparations have been underway for the WoodenBoat Show, June 30-July 2 in Mystic, CT.  Just say “blog follower” and you have a pass for the Grand Tour! The boat came out of the water and onto the trailer Monday at Brown’s Boatyard across the river

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Back at Work

June 19, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,790 There’s the old saying that a boat is never really finished, so after the excitement of the launch it was back to the shop to keep working away on all the details necessary before the WoodenBoat Show in two weeks; — Glued down the teak and

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Sea Trials

June 9, 2017   Hours spent building to date:  3,744 Took Ray out today for a short sea trial.  It was a good day for a run since the wind was up and we had 2-3 foot seas with whitecaps.  At about 10-11 knots, we were able to climb through very easily, and when we got caught between waves

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Tardis is Home!

June 8, 2017 I got a call this morning from Atlantic Outboard:  “Your boat is done.  We can put her in this afternoon.”  So out went the “new” plan.   It being a decent day and with everything running well, after a short shakedown and some instruction from the Atlantic folks, off John and I went from Westbrook to

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New Launch Plan

June 6, 2017 I returned home from Ireland last week to find that the engine was on the boat, but not much else had been done.  Atlantic Outboard says they will definitely wrap up this week, but given the time this has taken after what seemed like such a promising start, I have been forced to come

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