2096Hrs – Time Filled
Where does it go eh? I’ve just done my first work session on ‘Gleda’ for eight days due to me taking the opportunity to grab some paid work whilst it was going. The bills still have to be paid but as the days pass I get more and more wound up that I’m not making the progress that I should be with my most important work.
It’s not as it seems though because this wonderfully flexible way of working I’ve managed to create for myself allows me to make choices. I just chose to work eight days straight because I knew that doing so would allow me to then work eight days straight on ‘Gleda’, well it will from Thursday as I had some other stuff to do today and also tomorrow.
I haven’t been completely off project over the past week though. I’ve got a quotation for sails from Rolly Tasker. It’s the firm that supplied the sails for Jacques Pierrets ‘Pilgrim’ and he recommended them to me.
Mike Tasker replied promptly to my e-mailed questions and I now need to make some important decisions before ordering. For example do I go for roller furling or hanks? White or Tan? Do I shorten the luff of the mainsail to accomodate a potential roof on the deckpod. All these questions need answering over the next few months.
I’ve also got a quotation for engines. Now regular readers may recall that in the past I’ve touched on a romantic notion that’s crossed my mind from time to time that perhaps ‘Gleda’ would be engineless. I liked the idea of pure sailing and developing an enhanced level of seamanship as a result. Well the time I spent on ‘Pilgrim’ with Jacques has convinced me that it was indeed just a romantic fantasy and that engines are a necessary evil. A Tiki 38 is a big boat and there will inevitably be times when close manouvering in harbour will be required, Tiki 38’s don’t tack quickly and easily and take up a lot of space to do it. Coastal sailing means of course bringing the boat close to hard bits of land that a sudden change in wind direction/strength can quickly turn into rapidly approaching disaster. So the decision is made ‘Gleda’ will have engines but….. they will be used as little as possible.
Knowing nothing about outboard engines I’m again taking Jacques advice and going for the same Tohatsu 9.8 four stroke motors he has on ‘Pilgrim’ With extra long shafts, electric starts and remote controls they’ll take a chunk out of my budget but I know these sails and engines are going to pay me back big time over the coming years of cruising.
Anyway I’m jumping ahead a tad here because there’s some work left to do before either of these things can be put to use. I spent three hours today sanding back the first filler coat I’d applied to the three inboard hullside sections. I’m pleased with the results especially considering that they were the ones with the worst standard of sheathing finish. The photo shows one of them still wet after washing down. The reflections give a good indication of the finish and by the time I’ve applied the second filler coat and sanded again I reckon they’ll look just fine with a nice coat or two of paint applied.