One Year To Go
Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted that today my countdown clock has reached 1 year till launch and that I’ve now been building for 5 years and 5 months! I’m not sure which is scarier!
With so much yet to do having Gleda on the water this time next year is a big ask but it’s one I’m going to fight hard to achieve.
Although I am again at a bit of a standstill with regard to hands on work I’m still beavering away behind the scenes and Gleda is part of my daily routine. This week I’ve acquired some bargain hatches and an opening portlight of eBay (more on these when they arrive) and the additional timber I need for construction of the crossbeams has been ordered . As I’ve said already Gleda time will be short until the end of next month but I’ll then be in a really great position to accelerate the build significantly.
Look at it this way, I’ve actually been building for 1,952 hours over a period of 1,978 days so that’s an average of about an hour a day (ignoring the fact that I actually put the build on hold for 8 months last year). From July onwards I’ll be in a position to put in maybe 40 hours per week so that gives me the potential to put in something in the region of 1600 hours of work over the 10 months to 6th May 2013. JWD suggest that 2200 hours is needed to build a Tiki 38. Everyone who’s built one says that’s wildly optimistic. If I use the figures above I’ve got a total of 3552 hours which is a pretty decent margin, particularly as I now have access to a lot of time saving woodworking machinery right next door to Gledas barn.
There is of course another aspect that can’t be underestimated and that’s the cost of additional materials, fit out items and expensive equipment like sails, rigging, engines etc. etc. But with the help of hard smart work and eBay I’ll find a way.
So here we are heading into the home stretch, hang on it’s going to be fun!