Small Jobs

December 31, 2016   Hours spent building to date:  3,202 Over the holidays, I thought I would take on some jobs that could be done in two-to-three hour sessions, sandwiched in between other activities: — Obviously,  wiring up the nav lights was one.  Connection was easy, but I had to send for some larger raceways, since

Read More

Christmas Bling

December 22, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  3,174 For the last two Christmas holidays, Tardis has received a set of beautiful bronze opening ports from Newfound Metals.  This year the tradition continues with exquisite bronze handrail hardware from Newfound, which I had been admiring for years.   But every time I thought about them,  I was

Read More

A Satisfying Job

December 14, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  3,160 I finished these navigation lights, copied from a beautiful design by Tim Lackey,  on August 9, 2014:  two years, four months and 5 days ago.  They were a motivational tool of sorts — building a set of beautiful lights with no boat to go under them would

Read More

Windows Are In!

December 9, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  3,148 Ray and I put in all the windows yesterday, and I did the finish work today. These are really, really good windows.  They are heavily constructed, fit and finish is Mercedes quality and they look great.  They are called Motion Windows from Peninsula Glass in Vancouver Washington.

Read More

John Glenn

Ray and I worked our asses off today installing all the windows on the Tardis.  But when I got home, I was terribly saddened and affected by news of the death of John Glenn. In the early 1980’s I was on the corporate staff of the Gannett Company, then as now, a very large publisher

Read More

Windows Have Arrived

December 6, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  3,138 The windows arrived yesterday, and they look great  — very high level of finish and every one I have tried so far has been a very close fit.  Toward the end of the day today, I summoned the energy to put one in. It was not hard at all and

Read More

Brief Update

November 29, 2016   Time spent building to date:  3,103 Thanks to all those who have asked about Molly.  The operation went well and she is walking better than when she went in.  But since she had to have a general anesthetic due to a previous back surgery, she was feeling a little off the first

Read More

The Things Working Video

November 20, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  3,093 I spent most of last week visiting son John out in Oxford, OH, where he is slaving away in his senior year at Miami University.  And tomorrow wife Molly is having hip replacement surgery.  So, needless to say, not a lot has been happening on the

Read More

Deckhouse Finish Work

November 8, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  3,062 With Sundowner, MJsailing and even Tim Lackey posting videos, I wanted to be able to show you the deckhouse lights coming on and let hear my new speakers speaking, but with tucking in the CRM boats for the winter and other distractions, I was unable to

Read More

3,000 Hours, But Who’s Not Counting?

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

Read More