December 13, 2015 Hours spent building to date: 1,834
I looked forward to the installation of the deckhouse sides, anticipating that they would make the boat look more like a trawler and less like a combination tuna clipper/bass boat. But after we wrestled them on, I asked Ray, standing on the loft steps to take a picture, “How does the boat look?” “It looks kind of funny,” he said.
I agreed. With no angled forward windows, no trim, no roof, and no windows, what we pretty much have is two big sheets of plywood with large holes in them tacked to the boat. It is only when you get inside the putative deckhouse that the difference becomes much greater. It is now easy to imagine the cabinetry, the helm station, the dinette. The outside of the boat sitting on the trailer has always seemed huge in relation to the size of the shop, but now the Tardis seems bigger inside, too.
As you can see, I have made the most significant change to Mark’s plans to date: the two small windows aft have been replaced by one large, screened sliding window. I really agonized over this, and drew several different versions exploring options. But recalling a day far north in Canada when the temperature reached 100, and the tropical funk of Key West, the need to get air circulating through the boat overruled the classic look. The final version has the big window exactly twice the dimensions of the small ones, and I think the symmetry works. Also, a friend showed me a picture of his Downeast boat with sliders, and there is definitely a dark area where the two window panes come together, which seems to reduce the size.
Before the sides project, I glassed the forecabin roof, a lot of work, but pretty routine compared to our first glassing adventures.
Finally, in honor of John returning from college, I did some preliminary work on installation of the Tardis’ in-port figurehead, a beautiful cast metal piece that he got me for Christmas last year. To those of you who watch the hugely successful British sci-fi show “Dr. Who,” this will look really cool. To those of you who are unaware of the show, a small phone booth on the bow of a classic powerboat will look really stupid.