Best Day Yet!
Today has been my longest and most productive of the build so far. A full eight and a half hours and lots of good progress. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all the epoxy in stringer stem and stern joints had not run out and I have been able to finish them nicely with the left over epoxy from the days other tasks. My main job today has been to level and square the starboard hull and glue all seven bulkheads in place. This was a job that took me days on the port hull but all the lessons learned enabed me to really crack on but with no loss of quality. Thomas Neilson has made several comments about this learning process in his blog but today was the first time I’ve experienced it. One of the timesavers I employed was doing away with the downward pointing sticks (aluminium angle) on the bulkhead centrelines and the string line running from stem to stern. Instead I used my self levelling laser checked with a plumb line to centre everything, much quicker and more accurate. It pays to remember that the TIki 38 plans are 10 years old and whilst the Wharrams’ simple techniques are sound there are other more modern alternatives. Just to finish the day well I then scarfed and glued all 4 long stringers. The weather has been very spring like today I was even able to sit in the sun whilst eating my lunchtime noodles! That said the forecast is for a brief return to winter over the next few days which was another reason I wanted to get plenty done. Feeling great now after such a bad week at work, boat building is certainly therapeutic, well it is when it’s going well!