Saturday, March 30, 2013

Do it fit?

The table project isn't done yet, but we took some of the parts we do have finished out to the boat for an initial fit. If it didn't, this seemed a pretty good time to find that out. There are still details to figure out, but I will admit to being moderately pleased with how its looking so far. The cabinet will actually be about 1.5 inches lower when bolted to the bulkhead, but this is as close as we could get to the correct height using a pile of parts boxes. And I wouldn't be in the picture detracting from the view except someone needed to hold the table up. As of yet I haven't finished the legs.

There were others laboring toward the new season as well. A team of two was replacing a damaged side panel and rub rail on the house boat they brought in near the end of last season. It looked to be a pretty good sized project. Another friend was seen carrying a bottle jack down the dock. It seems a bulkhead had rotted out of his pride and joy, the jack was needed to lift the cabin top up enough to install the new one he had fabricated over the winter. I didn't see it but Deb says it
is a beautiful bit of work.

The marina's newest newly weds are refurbishing a boat off site, the sale of which will help finance a trip to France. This is in addition to their on-site boat which is a multi-year cruising project of its own. Close to their dock another friend is replacing a badly warped chain locker lid with a new fiberglass unit he fabricated over the winter.

Up on the hard yet another boat is in the final stages of having its cabin sole replaced, a job the owner knew was needed when he bought the boat.
In our marina is a boat the owner bought as basically a hull. He then built a ketch rig with a custom deck just because he wanted one. At another slip sits another ketch rig built from scratch. At least one custom rudder was fabricated and installed over this season, to go along with a custom built bowsprit for off-wind gear. The intent for all this effort is to have the fastest, best-handling, Catalina 30 in captivity.

None of this is like changing the oil in the car or mowing the grass at the house. I'm not even sure this falls into the category of efforts by even the hardest of hard core hobbyists. Drive trains, rigging, hull integrity, structural integrity - sailors are some seriously handy people. Add an endless stream of sail repairs, canvas work, splicing lines, tending to hardware ... in a society dominated by people sitting around watching TV most of the time, it is all pretty refreshing.


Bill K said...

What I want to know, is how you got that in your car ?

Bill Kelleher

TJ said...

We didn't. The delivery vehicle was our utterly thrashed Saturn that has become the family pick up truck since the real pick up trucks went away. We didn't even take the front seat out, which we do pretty often when carring big loads.

Robert Salnick said...

Beautiful design and nicely executed!

s/v Eolian

Latitude 43 said...

Nice job! You are going to miss working on projects, and just focusing on maintenance, so when on the east coast of Florida and you feel the need to be crafty, stop on by. :)