2078Hrs – Mr Sandman
Well it’s been a manic few days since my return from France, so much so that I’ve not had much time infront of the computer nor to write up my Tiki Pilgrimage story. Apologies for that.
Importantly though I’ve been grabbing as much time as possible on ‘Gleda’ and trying to get as much done as I can before the weather starts changing. I’m painfully aware that once this month passes in a few weeks Autumn will be bearing down and with it the temperatures and shortened days that will inevitably slow progress.
I’ve put in 15 hours over the past couple of days finishing the last bit of glassing on sterns and stems and then starting the onerous task of sanding both hulls in their entirety ready for the first coat of filler.
It has to be said that sanding glass fibre is without doubt the nastiest part of building a Tiki 38. It’s hot uncomfortable physical work that requires the wearing of coverall clothing, gloves, respirator, goggles and hat. Even with all the protection some glass rash and scratchy eyes still result. Today I got the starboard hull finished and made a start on the port hull and I’ve estimated that it’ll take about another 12 hours of sanding to finish it. Best not to think about it really.
It’s one of those jobs where there is huge temptation to cut corners but I keep in mind that biting the bullet now will move me towards achieving a standard of hull finish that I can be proud of, one that does justice to all the work that’s been done building these beautiful hulls from some sheets of plywood and a few strips of timber.
It’s fortuitous that I’m tackling this task immediately after sailing ‘Pilgrim’ because my motivation is sky high right now, this is not a job to do when feeling low!