3343Hrs – Washed Out And Weary
I confess to feeling absolutely washed out tonight. The last two days have seen me complete some hard physical work and my body doth protest.
There’s no doubting that building a Tiki 38 solo frequently makes demands that weed out any weakness of strength both physical and mental.
It creeps up on you though, it’s not like trying to bench press a new personal best, whilst you’re working you don’t really notice how much you’re doing but the hours and hours of climbing up and down ladders, squatting, bending, lifting, pushing and pulling all tot up to a serious whole body workout.
I like to think it’s keeping me fit and warding off old age, but on night like tonight it feels like the opposite.
Anyway the ache in my bones is tempered by the satisfaction of having made some decent progress and I’m now ready for a change of tempo as I set about sanding, epoxying, glassing and painting all the components I’ve been working on these past weeks.
I have everything set out under the boat ready to start and it’s a bit daunting;
Before I got to the stage set above I had finished fitting the shroud plates, they’re now in position, through bolted with domed nuts on the inside;
With that job ticked off I spent some time getting the starboard engine box into the correct position before marking and cutting out the side deck notches as described yesterday. Hopefully the photo makes things clearer;
The forecast is lousy for tomorrow so I might take a day off from building and spend some time getting quotes for timber.