Offcut

November 26, 2017 After years of admiring his designs, buying plans and getting to know him through the WoodenBoat School, I am at long last building a Sam Devlin design. I need a dinghy for Tardis, and given the size of the mother-boat, the daughter-boat has to be versatile, light and simple.  That’s a perfect

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Alabama-Auburn

November 25, 2017 My undergraduate degree is from Stamford which, from time-to-time, is a college football power. I admit that I have no current knowledge as to the Cardinal’s record or prospects.  But tonight when John and I were cleaning up the kitchen and Molly hollered, “Alabama and Auburn are still playing,” everything stopped so

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Tardis Immortalized

November 19, 2017 Sneaking around behind my back in a beautiful gesture, Molly bid on (and won) a 9X12 pencil portrait of Tardis at a Connecticut River Museum silent auction.  (The package also included 50 4X5 note cards on beautiful paper). Killingworth artist Scott Baldwin did a wonderful job turning a picture taken by John into

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She Is Done!

October 29, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  4,000 I’m stopping the hours-o-meter at an even 4,000, since with the completion of the dinette, the Tardis has everything she needs to take off on a long cruise.  There will always be maintenance and improvements, but for some reason I had to take a look at

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Tardis Under Way

October 24, 2017 Finally got some pictures of Tardis on the water.  These were taken by John at the mouth of the East River in Guilford, CT and in front of the Connecticut River Museum.  Been doing a little local cruising, but still working some on finishing touches, prior to our BIG WINTER CRUISE.  More on

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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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