October 31, 2016 Hours spent building to date: 3,026
Blew through 3,000 hours Tuesday on a boat that I thought would take 2,500 hours to build. In commemoration I decided to dilly dally even further with some interior decorating. With no cushions and the trim unvarnished, I thought the freshly-painted forecabin was looking a bit chalky — a mayonnaise on white-bread sandwich with a thin crust of cherry. So with a nod to the project’s theme, I painted the cover to the anchor storage area a bold “Tardis Blue” (a real color that I bought at Home Depot). Risky, edgy, fashion-forward, but that’s just the kinda guy I am. Then right out of the chapter on “Details to Delight” I added a compass rose decal to keep the Tardis properly oriented as she moves through time and space.
Some real work was also accomplished:
— Installed the final two bronze portlights, for a total of six. Same old story — the first portlight I installed took all afternoon, the final two less than an hour apiece.
— Wired up the forward lights. An overhead light in the berth area, two small reading lights and a waterproof light in the head. Very satisfying — flicked the breaker and on they came.
— Trimmed out all the raw plywood edges in cherry. Can’t wait to get the varnish on sometime in this millennium.
Apropos of nothing: Did you ever notice how decorators on television use the phrase “with a nod” a lot. They can be describing a house that is all glass and white concrete, but the guest bathroom door has a green handle: “With a nod to the owner’s favorite vacation destination of French Guiana, we added a hint of “Devils Island Emerald” to highlight the cell-like aura of this room.”