After a morning with a school function, Dane installed himself reading a book and I got into boat work (he’s been a little under the weather, so I didn’t have my usual helper).
I spent a while cutting most of the pieces for the port side window frames. Got most all of them cut, including the lap joints. Have to pick up a 2×6 to finish that up, but hopefully those are close.
Moved off of that to trimming the roof at the bow end. I had left it “long” and today Melanie helped me mark the curve and I cut it. Mark the ends and the center point and a nice flexible scrap and I had a line to cut.
Used the jigsaw and have a nice curved roof front. I continue to be impressed by that tool… buy a good jigsaw, you will be amazed by the difference.
Really looks different now. I’m going to have to get used to it all over again. When I added the cabin it changed things, but this changes is all over again.
As a side note, when Melanie crawled into the hull to help out, she commented that it was the first time she had been in the boat. I was amazed. She’s around out there a good bit, and I hadn’t be aware she had never “come aboard”. We spent a while talking about some of the interior layout and a few modifications we want to make.
Lastly I cut the floor panel for the head area. That came out fairly nice and easy.
Wired Magazine has an interesting article titled Live Free or Drown: Floating Utopias on the Cheap. Its a discussion of Seasteading Institute and their desire to help people build "independent countries" at sea… a way of moving out of our various political environments and forming a "free" place to live on artificial constructions at sea.
There’s a couple of groups doing this or thinking about it.
Don’t you think all of us boaters have a bit of this wanderlust at heart?
Matthew Geier of Australia has taken an old family boat and electrified it. Along the way, he’s made a very nice writeup of his trials and created what looks like a really nice boat.
I’ve been worried more and more about my plans to go electric. Mostly because I just don’t see many people doing it with "power" boats. Lots of people use electric on sailboats as auxiliaries, but not many on power. Here’s an example where it seems to be working well.
The morning rains cleared off and we wound up with a warm and sunny afternoon. Don’t often get to be outside in shirtsleeves in late January.
Worked on more windowframes for a while. Got another two cut and all three of the starboard side glued up. They still need some cutting, lots of sanding and probably some planing, but at least they are getting there.
Here you can see them propped up next to their respective holes.
No real progress with work and weather, but did get by the box store and get some wood for tomorrow or whenever I next can work. Some 2x’s for window frames and a sheet of 3/4" ply for deck lockers and cabin sole.
Our friend Klaus Hafner sent me a link to a new forum site for metal boat builders… seems to be a new community forming, but Klaus says several of the old "warhorses" of the metal boatbuilding world are there already.
The Boat Builders Forum is where you’ll find metal boat designers, builders, and other metal boat owners willing and able to help you with your metal boat project!
Definitely something worth a look. Check our our forums page for other communities you might want to join.