Back home, three stops along the way turned a 4 hour drive into a 6.75 hour drive. Spitting snow the entire drive, saw an SUV spin out two cars in front of us, no accident but it was very exciting. Ran out the the shop with my camera as soon as we got home, progress was made, I was impressed. Most of the time when Dan and I are out of town nothing happens. The floor on the 36' Calvin is starting to go back down. The pitch of the deck is being changed slightly so all the remaining deck stringers need to be raised slightly. One inch higher at the main bulkhead up to 2.5" higher at the stern. All the hatches that were sitting on the platform are going to be recessed into the deck and the extra plastic deck plates are going to be eliminated. When I left on Friday I said to get the front section of floor installed and the boys came through. The owner was planning a trip north on Monday so I wanted the boat to show good progress (the trip north will probably be cancelled due to the 15" of snow we might be getting.).
In the morning someone will be able to start fiberglassing the forward section of floor while someone else starts on the tops to the lobster tanks. 24" X 40" Anchor hatches will be installed in the tops of the tanks and the port tank will have a fiberglass pipe to toss the lobsters into. Two windows in the back port corner of the wheelhouse have been removed and the holes where the windows were has been filled. The exhaust parts in the welding shop appear to be finished, they will have to be sent to Infab (a company that makes high temp exhaust blankets) and a box will have to be made to house the muffler. Serious work over the next 4-5 days and this project should be getting close to the finish line. Well maybe not "close to the finish line" but I should have a better idea of how much longer we are going to be. Thanks to the crew for their efforts, I'll try to help out this week. These photos are horrible because I didn't turn on the lights in the boat shop.
Only 6 posts left. Once the 30 in 30 is completed I will probably just recycle the posts and run the same 30 over and over. That way new visitors will have the same experience that the rest of you had (they shouldn't be cheated). Then after a couple years of no new content my online guilt will kick in and I'll start blogging about the state of the boating industry, if there still is a boating industry in 2011. We made a little progress in getting every state to check out the blog (thanks Oregon and Nevada), but we are still waiting on lots of states. My new goal (more realistic) is to be recognized on the street and maybe have to sign an autograph.
"hey aren't you that guy?" ................awkward pause................"yes, i am."