Wednesday, February 1, 2012

An Intermission

The frames are done and the spine/stem assembly is complete. The rudder blank is ready for shaping. The centerboard blank is ready for gluing. Just a few more items to build before I can begin assembling the hull.

Those few items are the transom, seat front panels, centerboard and centerboard case. Once the boat parts are done, I will construct the building platform and prepare the bottom panels. But before that, there will be a slight pause - an intermission of sorts - in the building process as I won't be able to get any boat work done until after the 24th of the month.

Why the intermission? I am attending this year's Havasu Pocket Cruisers Convention in Havasu City, Arizona! This event is in only its fifth year but nearly 200 boats from across the country have signed up to attend the week-long sailing and social extravaganza! There will be day-sailing, racing, seminars, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I plan to leave Michigan on February 8th and return on February 24.

Over the next week I will be getting my Goat Island Skiff ready for the road and packing (clothes, spares, tools, and who knows what all) so I don't expect to get much done on Gardens of Fenwick.

Even though I won't be physically working on the new boat, I will be giving a great deal of thought to what needs to be done and how to get it done. Long distance driving gives me plenty of time to think. One tool I want to develop is a project plan - a schedule or timetable to guide the process once I pick up my tools and resume work. I may be overly optimistic but I think I can have Gardens of Fenwick ready to launch by June. We'll see…

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