May 31, 2016 Hours spent building to date: 2,572
I spent many hours over the weekend adding trim and finish to the roof, deckhouse and battery box. But while it turned out beautifully, and was very fulfilling, I was disturbed by the fact that it wasn’t moving the Tardis very far from her current status as a piece of furniture into a functioning boat.
During the construction phase, the steps that would move the project forward were very obvious: you can’t build a hull without frames, you can’t put on a deckhouse roof without a deckhouse, etc. But in the systems/trim/paint phase there are a dozen potential projects a day, and the temptation is to do the fun ones.
I am a great fan of 18th century naval fiction and have probably read over a hundred books. One of their favorite tactics when pursuing a slightly faster foe, or being pursued by a larger one, is “lightening ship” — throwing overboard every piece of unnecessary gear, the livestock, the water barrels, the captain’s furniture, etc. So I have been busy “lightening ship” on the Tardis project trying to get to the ultimate goal: in the water, weathertight, and moving under her own power late summer/early fall of this year. Here is the result:
Must Get Done
Plumbing — it’s all one system ending with the head, so I can’t stop now. And a head is a very useful piece of equipment on a cruising boat.
Windows — the order goes out this week.
Hull trim and paint — it pretty much has to be done while the boat is on the trailer.
DC wiring — enough to get the boat started and for the VHF radio, tank gauges, nav lights, and maybe a couple cabin lights.
US Coastguard safety gear
Will Have to Wait
Nav system — Probably just day trips this year.
Aft decking — this is very dependent on the engine installation, as has always been at the end of the list.
Teak and Holly Sole — I can do this when the boat is in the water if I have to.
Up in the Air
Cockpit trim — boat will look crappy without it, but not a necessity.
Veneer on stern — I’ll go with paint if need be.
Dinettte/Dinette table — I am trying to leave this area open for wire runs, but there aren’t that many under the new schedule, so I may rough something in.
Bow thruster — a single engine outboard with a ton of windage is going to be a mess getting across the southwest wind and into my slip at GYC. But it can be installed with the boat on the trailer in the spring — I did it on Memsahib, and it wasn’t pretty, but worked out in the end.