Building Excitement & Apprehension
I had a big cleanup at the barn today. I always need to do this after an intense period of work because I’m just a messy bugger whilst I’m working.
I cleared out the epoxy shack, moved all my long timber stock round to the side of the barn, swept through the entire barn and then, with the help of a couple of the lads, I got all four cross beams up onto trestles making them easily accessible for the next stages of their construction which involves adding the timber insert strengtheners, routing off the edges, planing and smoothing all the faces and then glassing the tops and bottoms. I’ll also need to drill the holes that take the stainless through hull locating pins but more on those later.
While I was working I used the infrared heater to assist the epoxy to cure on the forward beam that caused me grief yesterday. I’ll take the temporary screws out tomorrow.
I don’t anticipate doing much boat work tomorrow and on Saturday we’re off down to Falmouth for the week. I confess to being a little nervous and apprehensive about the trip, I’m obviously excited at the prospect of meeting James and Hanneke but I’m also very focused on the fact that the main purpose of the week is to find a place suitable to do the final work on ‘Gleda’, to get her assembled, rigged, launched and temporarily berthed, all on a shoestring budget.
It brings back memories of the time all those years ago when I was searching for somewhere to build her, the Universe helped me out with that, I’m trusting that she’ll help me again.
I’m not sure how much internet connectivity I’ll have while we’re away but I’ll update the blog if I can. In any event I’ll be on Twitter so even if you’re not into tweeting yourself the feed on this site will be updated.
I’ll keep you posted and fingers crossed I’ll be back with exciting news.
Photo below show the nice clean barn all ready for me to get cracking again in February.