1998Hrs – Sanding Again
Another unexpected work session today and it’s funny how sometimes these unexpected sessions can turn out to be some of the most productive!
In four hours this afternoon I was able to completely sand the port hull ready for sheathing. It was hard graft particularly as it was a warm sunny afternoon not conducive to wearing overalls with hood, respirator, goggles & gloves but still preferable to the dreaded glass fibre rash.
It has to be said that the job was made considerably easier by the fact that I was able to borrow an air powered random orbital sander powered by a long air line led from the engineering shed next door. The difference from my old electric one is amazing, it’s a lot lighter, faster and runs cool… brilliant!. Sanding is never going to be a fun job but having the right tool really eases the pain. Now that I know that I can get compressed air into the barn it also opens up the possibility of spray painting the hulls later 🙂
I also have a super exciting bit of news. I confirmed today that in just under 3 weeks time I’ll be flying over to Marseilles, France to visit Jacques Pierret and his Tiki 38 ‘Pilgrim’. I’m incredibly grateful to Jacques for his kind invitation and I can’t tell you how excited I am at the thought of getting aboard (and hopefully sailing) a Tiki 38 that has crossed the Atlantic. I hope Jacques is prepared for the grilling he’s going to get! I have so many questions, so much I want to look at. Whatever else I forget to take my camera and notebook will not be amongst them!
I just re-watched the video of ‘Pilgrims’ crossing to wet my appetite. Here’s the link again if you want to take a look