2298Hrs – Squared Away
I was glad to be working inside the boat again today. The weather has yet again been dark and wet with a cold wind blowing through the barn, it’s quite cozy down below though and I can feel the warmth from the 500w spotlamp as I climb down the companionway!
I’ve had the hulls ready for the second primer coat for over 5 weeks now but it’s been consistently damp and wet for this entire period. The weather people are now saying that 2012 will have been the wettest year in the UK since records began in 1910, all the more incredible as we were officially in drought in April! There’s no let up on the horizon yet so I’ll just have to be patient. To be honest the only reason I wanted the painting completed was so that I could get the hatches, portlights and windows fitted in order to be that bit warmer below decks during the coldest months of January & February, ah well it was a nice thought.
Anyway I was a bit more productive today than yesterday although looking at the photos you’re probably wondering what I’ve been doing all this time. I simply hadn’t counted on the difficulty of constructing something square and level in such an unusually shaped hull. I’m learning and given that the galley is the most ‘fitted-out’ part of the boat I know things will get easier as I progress. Anyway I now have the tops and bottoms of the units positioned as I want them. I can now add a few strengtheners and set to with the epoxy before I start making areas inaccessible.
I had a pleasant interruption this afternoon when a group of friends and family arrived to have a look at ‘Gleda’. It was a bit strange giving a guided tour to 5 adults and 3 children. They seemed interested and impressed but I’d like to have been a fly on the wall when they left!