Rain Delay

April 24, 2017   Hours spent building to date:  3,730 With a lot of help from Ray, we are in the final stretch ready to get Tardis to the engine installer — but she’s not going tomorrow since another Nor’easter is on the way. Anyway, Ray and I hung the door and it looks good.  The bulkhead

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Battle of the Bilge

April 20, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,702 At this point in the project I am battling for every minute, every inch of ground, because my friend Chris Keenan of Essex Marine Services arrives at 10 am Tuesday to pull the Tardis out of the shop and in for her engine. So looming large on

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Punch List

April 17, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,681 Still planning to get the boat out of the shop and to the engine installer next week, so a lot is going on: — Had to finish all the wiring in the console so I could pull the steering system wires, so the chartplotter now works

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?

April 8, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,629 Tim Lackey is an incredibly talented restorer of “good old boats.”  He can take a tired, beat-up boat from the dawn of the fiberglass era and make it better-than-new in terms of looks, systems and strength.  I am a wooden boat guy, but 90% of what

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Top of the Stretch

March 30, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,582 After trips to Ohio and Maine I am back hard at it and while not in the home stretch, I must be getting close.  Because of glue drying time, parts availability and the final wiring sequence, a lot seems to be going on at once: Decks

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Vague Launch Notions

March 20, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,548 When I first started building the Tardis, the first question asked by everyone who knew about the project was, “How long do you think it will take, when do you think you will launch the boat?”  But then as it became that the build was going

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Ray to the Rescue

March 14, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,528 I was down on my knees with a drill at the deckhouse helm station just about to make a series of holes that I really didn’t want to make when Ray walked in with a recalcitrant tool and saved the day. I have been working away steadily

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Exterior Varnish Done

March 6, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,456 One of the suppliers I deal with a lot, Jamestown Distributors, is (I think) going to run some pictures and a blurb on Tardis in their next catalog.  So I took some shots for them of the newly-finished exterior varnish. This, as most things, took more time

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Shining Her Up

February 24, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,456 Last week my friend Ray remarked, “Pretty soon you are going to run out of jobs to do.”  Tardis is a boat, so I will never run out of jobs to do, but scheduling is getting harder in these final months.  I should have been working

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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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