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May 18, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,741  Hours spent waiting for the damn engine:  504 Got back from John’s graduation Tuesday and headed down to the engine shop to get ready to drop the Tardis in: To find that not a lick of work had been done in all the time we’d been in

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May 10, 2017  Hours spent building to date: 3,471 Great news from the WoodenBoat show:  The Chief Executive Coordinator of I Built It Myself Projects (Patty) has approved Tardis for the show:  on the trailer in all her glory.  Since most IBIM boats are canoes, daysailers or runabouts, this should be something to see.  The

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Lying Low

May 5, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,470 (still being lazy, but you will see why) When I was working for the national newspaper USA Today, there was a huge reorganization and kerfluffel in the media department of General Motors, probably our biggest client.  When we asked the head of our Detroit sales office

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Drone Video for Email Followers

I think you have to go to the actual blog to see the video:  

Tardis Rollout Drone Video

April 28, 2017  Hours spent building to date: 3,740 (same as last time since I did NO work on the boat today) Here is the incredible, wonderful (with great music) rollout video from Tom Tolla’s drone.  Thanks so much, Tom.  

Tardis Rollout

April 27, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,740 The Tardis rolled out of the shop today into a foggy morning (but that’s better for the varnish). Ray and Bob Scott brought a donut buffet, bunting, martial music and of course, commemorative signage.  Tom Tolla provided aerial videography with his super-drone (people who commission $2 million

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Rain Delay

April 24, 2017   Hours spent building to date:  3,730 With a lot of help from Ray, we are in the final stretch ready to get Tardis to the engine installer — but she’s not going tomorrow since another Nor’easter is on the way. Anyway, Ray and I hung the door and it looks good.  The bulkhead

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Battle of the Bilge

April 20, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,702 At this point in the project I am battling for every minute, every inch of ground, because my friend Chris Keenan of Essex Marine Services arrives at 10 am Tuesday to pull the Tardis out of the shop and in for her engine. So looming large on

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Punch List

April 17, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,681 Still planning to get the boat out of the shop and to the engine installer next week, so a lot is going on: — Had to finish all the wiring in the console so I could pull the steering system wires, so the chartplotter now works

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?

April 8, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,629 Tim Lackey is an incredibly talented restorer of “good old boats.”  He can take a tired, beat-up boat from the dawn of the fiberglass era and make it better-than-new in terms of looks, systems and strength.  I am a wooden boat guy, but 90% of what

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