1034.5Hrs I’m Back!
Well hello dear readers! It’s good to be back! I really hadn’t planned for such a long layoff but these past two weeks have been pretty intense and what little free time I had was needed to relax! The main reasons for this manic period has been a high workload generated by the departure from my old job and additional activities seeking gainful employment elsewhere. I am very pleased to report that I have been successful in this endeavour and start a new job next week. I’m greatly relieved to have obtained this exciting new position and to have secured the Gleda project for the time being. I feel revitalised by this new challenge and am looking forward to a fresh start. It will no doubt take me a little while to find my feet and get the work balance right but I’m confident it’s going to work out fine. Once again my heartfelt thanks go to the many who have sent me messages of support these past few months.
By way of penance for the fortnight I have lost I am planning to spend all of this coming week working on the boat and trying to get things back on schedule. The picture shows me with a lovely gift my friends and colleagues bought me to mark my leaving, its a super double sided bulkhead compass and I can already see it in place somewhere on the steering pod bulkhead. It will always remind me of the great friends and great times I had during my 13 years there.
It was quite strange getting back to building again but I soon got into gear and picked up where I had left off gluing all the upper stringers in place. As always I took it steady to make sure all was well before I started gluing. Everything went OK with the exception of the mast beam knees. The lower set of stringers simply did not line up with the notches and I had to re-cut them about 30mm lower to avoid a ‘kink’ in the stringers. I don’t really know why it happened because the upper ones seemed to line up fine, maybe I mismeasured somewhere. Anyway I don’t think it will be a problem….. we’ll see.