Time Marches On

January 18, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  2,004

deckhouse bulkhead installed overhead

Broke through 2,000 hours this weekend detailing and sanding the deckhouse beams, installing the deckhouse side supports and the aft bulkhead.  Pretty routine stuff.

The 2,000-hour mark brings up the question I am asked more than any other:  “When do you think you’ll be done?”  Inquiries on this issue from readers in California have become quite pointed.

I think I am about 70% done, but there are some big jobs to come that could eat up the hours:  cabinetry, electrical, plumbing and trim out.  (The engine and controls will be left to the experts.) If that’s true, then I am looking at 3,000 hours to complete.   I can spend about 35 hours per week physically working on the boat.  The inescapable conclusion, therefore, is that there are about six months to go.

As I flew through the framing and planking , requiring pretty much the same skills as house carpentry, I really thought I was looking at 2,500 hours.  But starting at the absolute bottom of the learning curve on every phase since — glasswork, fairing, bonding, fairing, beams, fairing — I have really slowed down.  I have a list of items that I can leave until after the launch, but it is surprisingly short.  Boats are a system, and the every piece seems to depend on every other piece.

One way or the other, we’re going into the water (somewhere) this year.  But as to the WoodenBoat Show:  See you in Mystic in 2017.

Deckhouse aft bulkhead ready for marking.

Deckhouse aft bulkhead pattern ready for marking.

HIgh tech tool for transferring roof curve to aft bulkead

High tech tool for transferring roof curve to aft bulkead

 

Pattern cut and looking good. Let's be sure to use every tool in the shop.

Pattern cut and looking good. Let’s be sure to use every tool in the shop.

Deckhouse bulkhead installed

Deckhouse bulkhead installed

Knees on side support are a nice tougch

Knees on side support are a nice touch

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