1493Hrs- One Of Those Nights
Only yesterday, during a conversation about the build, a collegue asked me if I would prefer to have more help with the building or would I rather continue working alone. My answer was that if I was starting from scratch I would love to have someone to share the pleasure and pain but, having now come so far on my own, it would be difficult to accept such a change. I’d be fearful of losing complete control and I didn’t want to dilute the ultimate satisfaction of seeing things through to the end and knowing that I’d done it all myself. There are times however when the sheer frustration of not being able to do something alone comes boiling up and tonight was one of those times. As planned I decided to start on the tumble home panels. There are no dimensions given for these in the plans because JWD feel that they are better fitted if measurements are taken from the boat and there are no detailed instructions on the best method for fitting them. Although the ply pieces are not particularly large they are 2.44(8ft) long and need to be held in place high on the hull sides to enable any marking out to be done. They have to be bent in 3 planes and there is nowhere for them to locate until they are fixed. Holding them in place requires pressure on the outside, marking them requires drawing on the inside. Trying to do this alone whilst standing on step ladders is impossible. I tried temporary screws, clamps, scrap pieces of ply as retainers, you name it. I cut one piece of ply completely wrong and slipped off the ladders grazing my wrist and twisting an ankle. The air was blue and nothing was working. I did eventually get one piece very roughly in place but I’m not happy with it. I know glass tape and epoxy will make good many a poor fit but I also have standards that I won’t compromise.