Biggest complaint about the blog so far: the titles to the posts are awful and unoriginal. I can't disagree, I will try to spend more time coming up with puns and word play in the titles. For the time being you'll have to get by on the great content. You will be happy to hear that the number of people following the blog has risen from zero to .........zero. With all the effort that I am putting in there should be more followers. My comfort level with people even being my "followers" isn't very high so lets just call them fans.
A 36' Calvin Beal (pictured) arrived at the shop today and the timing couldn't be better. The "new engine" project (see post #2) will be finished tomorrow so one repair is concluded so another can begin. This boat was originally finished at Fraser Performance and built for a lobsterman in Maine, the boat has since changed hands and fishes out of Rhode Island. The boat is in good shape but the list of things to fix is slightly major.
1. Remove all deck hardware
2. Remove deck
3. Remove fuel tanks
4. Remove wet exhaust system
5. Build 2 new fiberglass fuel tanks (130-160 gal)
6. Build 2 lobster tanks under the deck (500 - 750 lbs)
7. Build new stainless steel exhaust.
8. Build new deck (plywood, fiberglass, sand, and gel)
9. Reinstall hatches and add two new Anchor hatches (24" X 40") for the lobster tanks
10. Make a lobster tray out of aluminum that will fit into fiberglass pipes attached to the lobster tanks under the deck.
11. Everything else
Eleven things, not a big list but some of the tasks on the list might take a couple of days. We are hoping to accomplish this job in 4 weeks. However, once the deck has been removed I will have a lot clear picture of what this job is going to entail. Tomorrow we will start ripping up the hatches and hopefully by the end of the day the boat will be dried out.
Trivia: The owner of the boat had to travel 14 hours (by water) to get the boat to Rockland, Maine. He arrived today at 2pm. Did he leave really early or really late??
Actual work that happened today: New Motor Project: filled hydraulic tanks, non-skidded the forward floor, installed the stereo, cleaned boat and prepared for transportation. 38' Northern Bay: met with a fabricator from Nautilus Marine Fabrication to plan for the SS rails (bow rail, hand rails, ladder, and radar arch) met with a woodworker from Hewes & Company to make a plan about teak trim, more sanding and gelling on flybridge. Along with the 36' Calvin (pictured) arriving another boat was delivered for repair.
I have no evidence to support my theory but I'm quite sure that these posts would be much better if i didn't write them at 11:30 at night. Tomorrow look for a post around 5pm, then post a comment if you like it more than these late night ramblings. I will always play to the crowd.
24 is the number of posts left and the number of posts left is 24.
Will I be able to quit........