Saturday, October 15, 2016

Built Myself Into a Box

Or, more accurately, I built myself outside the box…

Way back when, early in the build, I decided I didn't want the centerboard raising/lowering mechanism shown in the plans. I wanted the centerboard to pivot as drawn but I wanted a simple pennant attached to the trailing edge of the CB passing through the top of the CB case and secured to a cleat. So, I built the CB case accordingly - the top completely closed in.

At some point I saw the problem with what I had done: how to install the CB and be able to line everything up. Might have been able to do it when the hull was still upside down… but now the boat is upright. I thought I could install it from below once the boat is on the trailer, but there isn't enough clear space in the trailer frame.

One possibility is to cut away the top of the CB case, install the CB and rebuild the top of the case. This option would let me lower the CB into the case with a sling.

Another solution is to build boat stands to support the hull high enough off the floor to fit the CB in from the bottom (using a jack of some sort to raise the CB into position).

Using boat stands and cutting away the top of the CB case would also work - keep the hull low but well supported and facilitate fitting the CB into the case.

Truth be known, I should have built stands last November when we turned the boat over.

Second truth… "Off plan" modifications need to be thoroughly thought though and planned before implementing.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Possibly Overbuilt...

Slow progress of late, due primarily to a lingering 3-week cold. The meds are working and I am feeling much better, thanks.

Yesterday's project was to build a gantry to raise Gardens onto (and probably off of) her trailer.

8' wide, 10'tall, 1-ton chain hoist (not pictured) (and that temporary bottom cross-bar will be removed).

Possibly overbuilt.

The Boat Cave clutter will be cleaned up before the gantry is positioned and Gardens comes off the floor.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Returning to Work

As expected, I've been medically cleared to resume normal activities…

Began re-purposing the Boat Cave: removing the overhead so I can set up a chain hoist to raise/lower Gardens on & off her trailer. (I'll rebuild the Boat Cave in November so I can work through the winter.)

I've got most of the components I need for setting up the hoist and I'm waiting on UPS to deliver (possibly Tuesday, probably Wednesday) the webbing I'll use for the sling.

About two years ago I purchased an air-cooled 2 HP Johnson outboard to use as a kicker (in and out of a marina if need be). This summer I finally figured out it doesn't fit Gardens well enough to be useable… so I now plan to use an electric trolling motor for the same purpose. This week I finished up (milled, drilled, sanded) a white oak blank for the motor mount. It still needs epoxy and/or varnish.

Bilge clean-up and painting resumes this coming week; soon to be followed by installation of the cockpit seats and platform decking.

Having lost two full months of prime boat-building time, I am excited to be getting back to work on Gardens. And, finally, I am (pretty) confident enough to plan a Spring 2017 launch!

Monday, August 29, 2016

New Trailer

Got a call from the dealer on Friday telling me my new trailer arrived and was available for pick up. Great!

Couldn't get there on Friday and the guy I worked with to order the trailer wasn't available until Monday. So, I picked up my new Genesis trailer this morning.

All the lights worked. I expected the (empty) trailer to bounce a little bit on the way home but it didn't. The hubs were cool to the touch when I got home (about a 45 mile trip).

I am pleased.

Now, I just need to get the bunks adjusted and Gardens on the trailer.

PS: I expect to be cleared for all normal activities on Wednesday and back to work on Gardens by Thursday.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Everyone's a Critic

We've got children and grandchildren visiting this week. The grandchildren are cute, bright, active and imaginative.

One of today's activities was to show Gardens to the four-year old grandson. He walked into the Boat Bay, walked around Gardens, thought for a moment and declared, "It's not stable!" and walked out of the barn.

Now, I'm not sure if he was being critical of the design, my workmanship or a combination of the two. I'm going to guess a four-year doesn't know too much about boat design (impressive enough that he knows - and used - the word stable) so I don't think he was really criticizing John Welsford's design.

And, while I wish my workmanship was better, I really don't believe he was commenting on my work either, so I'm not sure what prompted the remark.

On the other hand, he asked when the boat would be ready for sailing (always a good question)…

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Two Good Things

First, my surgeon cleared me for "normal" activities with a few restrictions:
  • No lifting of more than 20# for the next three weeks,
  • No bike riding for the next two weeks,
  • No yard-work for the next three weeks
Back to work on Gardens!

Second, the trailer shopping trip was successful! Oh, not that I purchased a trailer yesterday but the dealer understood what I'm looking for. I had some questions the sales guy couldn't answer - but he called the manufacturer (Genesis Trailers) to get answers.

I ordered a new single-axle, galvanized, bunk trailer for Gardens today!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Resting Soft Tissue

"Resting soft tissue" was Jan's mantra following her hip replacement surgery last fall. While my surgery on Thursday was no where near as major as a hip replacement, I am resting soft tissue. All is well - as long as I take it easy for a few days (and follow the surgeon's directions).

Of course, I've already changed my mind about refitting Karen Ann's trailer. I took a good look at it on Wednesday and decided a refit wouldn't be worth doing. I'd still have two boats and one trailer - and fitting the trailer to both boats isn't feasible.

On Friday - with nothing to do but rest, read and peruse the internet - I found a nearby dealer for both Genesis and Karavan trailers. As soon as I can resume "normal" activity, I'll pay the dealer a visit and see about a new trailer for Gardens.

In the meantime, I'll continue resting soft tissue and catching up on my reading.