2305Hrs – Farewell 2012
So that’s that then, my last work session of the year completed. I’m not one to spend much time looking back but it’s worth just recalling how 2012 went if for no other reason than to highlight how sometimes things just don’t go the way you plan.
When I started this project 6 long years ago I planned to launch Gleda in May 2012. That idea had to be scrapped during 2011 when I did next to no work on the boat as I struggled to find my path after escaping from the corporate hamster wheel. At the start of 2012 I was still struggling financially and it took all of January and most of February to get myself sorted and moving in the right direction again. The sale of my beloved Land Rover paid for some fresh epoxy supplies and on 23rd February with 1856 hours on the clock I got started again.
Little did I know that before long Gleda would once again be neglected as I chose to take the opportunity of building horse jumps for the London Olympics, work that took up all of May June and July. Looking back I now realise that I lost 5 months building time during 2012, that goes some way to understanding why I’ve only done 449 hours of work on Gleda during the year.
I’ve no regrets though. I did what I did to ensure the survival of the project, I’m still far from secure but I’m in a much better place and I’m now in a position to make up for lost time.
Despite the shortage of hours 2012 saw me complete the hulls structurally and get them ready for painting. I made a solid start on construction of the beams, and I’ve started the interior fit out. Since October I’ve been working steadily and consistently and will continue to do so.
In summary 2012 turned out to be a watershed year. I started it fearful and a little despondent, I’m ending it excited and optimistic. 2013 will be epic!
Today I continued with the galley fit-out by cutting and fitting the cupboard floors and one of the end panels. Not much to look at but I’m getting to the point where I can at least work with right angles and straight lines! Next job on the list is construction of the insulated cool box in the area I’ve outlined in red.