966Hrs – Riding It Out
I must start with a heartfelt thanks to Beat, Chris, Jacques and Chuck for their comments on last night’s blog, I was down and your words have lifted me. Giving up has never crossed my mind and nor will it, not while I have breath in my body. I will do anything to keep the build going and to finish my beautiful boat, even if that means temporarily swallowing pride and continuing to prostitute myself. I know that one day soon I will have the last laugh. Jacques comments are so true, the opportunity to do something like this is a rare thing and I must nurture it. A special thanks to Chuck for leading me to this musical therapy. I’d never heard of the man or the song but the words are truly inspiring. Click on the link and enjoy.
Stan Rogers ‘The Mary Ellen Carter’
Tonight’s work session saw me employing the trolley jack, water level and laser again to get the hulls into their final correctly squared and levelled positions. It took some patience but I did it and I can now confidently progress with bulkheads and beam troughs and will easily be able to check alignments as I go.
My laser square made it much easier to check that the hulls were lying exactly opposite, and square to, each other. In the photo above the laser is set up exactly on the centre line of the starboard hull. In the photo right you can see the red laser line striking the port hull and running squarely at exactly the same distance aft of the bulkhead. I will use the laser as I progress to make sure that I don’t suffer any misalignment problems when I come to drop in the main crossbeams.