Window frames

Got home early today and really didn’t feel like mucking with it… that’s not good, but.

Did plane on the window frames a while. Really grinding worked better. Got them neatened up a little and a bit of thickened epoxy filling more cracks. Did find that the grinder would smooth out several of the areas where my routing hadn’t come out very nice.

Hopefully they will come out ok. I really, really don’t want to redo those frames.

Time = 1.5 hours


Many home boatbuilders seem to be master scroungers. They can find cheap and free materials all over the place.

Well, I guess its not really in my nature, although I’m getting a little better.

Today, I think I made a big score. Happened to be at Lowes for something else and wandered down to find their plexiglas/lexan display. Was checking out prices and stuff to try to figure out how I was ever going to afford something to put in those window frames I’ve been working on.

Standing to one side of the display was a box with four 36"x72" sheets with a crack at one end. They cut me a really good deal. Not exactly what I was looking for, and a bit thinner than called for but usable and the crack fell in place well enough for me to work around it. I can get all 8 windows out of those four sheets. May not be something I want to take into heavy weather, but for my initial while, we’re looking at some rivers and things and I don’t expect to be taking waves broadside.

At the very least, it gives me a way to get things closed up and weatherproof. Which will let me move forward with actually finishing the interior and systems.

I’m pleased.

Money = $115.00 + $8.05 (tax) = $123.05

Time = 30 minutes (measuring to see if it will work)


Really just another word for sanding. I use a sandpaper disk on an angle grinder when I want to rapidly remove larger amounts of wood.

Had a few minutes tonight while Dane mowed the back yard to grind the under and over forecabin window pieces at the bow. No big deal, but another step done.

The paint from the other night looks pretty good, even if it did wind up raining on it about 30 minutes after I finished putting it on. I was away from the house by then and all I could imagine was “blood stains” weeping down the hull sides from that burgandy paint running, but it didn’t budge.

Time = 30 minutes

Wharram USA Spring Rendezvous

Looks to be a fun event… thanks to Boatsmith for the pointer.



We are expecting Wharrams of various sizes and descriptions including Melanesia 17, Tiki 21, Tiki 26, Tangaroa 29, Tanenui 29, Tiki 30, Pahi 31, Tangaroa 36, Tiki 38, Narai 42…and maybe more.

We will be anchoring behind the Lorelei Restaurant at Mile Marker (MM) 82 Bayside in Islamorada (approximately N24.55.5; W80.38). The Lorelei is a landmark in the Keys. The holding is mud underlaid with coral and the Lorelei will allow us to use their property for dinghies (about ¼ mile from the anchored boats). We suggest you use two anchors if it is blowing above 15. This will help avoid dancing with the mangroves downwind.

We will hold our Saturday evening party at the Lorelei. We will have either a limited menu or a buffet this year. The Lorelei has live music every evening. Dining is mostly outdoors, although the bar area is covered (priorities!). Many of us will use the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu ranges from hamburgers, fish and conch sandwiches to full meals. The food is very good and the ambience is definitely “keysey”. The Lorelei is both a local’s and tourist hangout.

Kayak rentals are usually available for those who would like to paddle through the mangrove islands. We will also have one of the new AERE’ 3.7 Inflatable Catamarans available for everyone to enjoy. Sails great and fits in the back seat of a small car.

What Do People Do at a Wharram Rendezvous? We talk about Wharrams. We tell stories…some may even be true. We compare notes. We share pictures. We look at plans. We take pictures of each other’s boats and get some really good (and a few bad) ideas. If you haven’t seen a Wharram, are building a Wharram, thinking about sailing and cruising for a reasonable amount of money, want to do something unique or just like multihulls (or boats of any kind) we welcome you to the event. We welcome everyone…trimarans and even “half-boaters” (monohulls) too. Stinkpotters are welcome if you are really nice! If you just want to come and hang out that is OK too! Oh, yes, we do eat and drink a lot!


Also, here is new contact information for the Polynesian Catamaran Association (PCA, SeaPeople Magazine). If you are not already a member, do please join! a new forum exists at:

Toilet Seats

This has absolutely nothing to do with boats, unless you consider that many boats have toilets. Sorry, but I just had to share.

I had to replace a toilet seat in the house this evening. While we were out, picked up a likely looking one at Home Depot (how do you compare a toilet seat when they are hanging on the wall… it’s not like you can try them out)?

Got home and put it on. Fine.

Now, for the funny part. The model name is "XCite!â„¢" by Bemis. Uh, Xcite??? What about a toilet seat is exciting?

Then I find in the packaging a card urging me to register my toilet seat online. Uh, register it? Online?

Ok, too good to pass up, I did it. After filling in enough information to be on toilet seat mailing lists forever, I clicked submit. The response page?

Thank you for testing the XCITE! toilet seat. Your feedback is helping us make improvement to the XCITE! seat!

Note that word… testing. Testing? TESTING?

Maybe I’ll use the other bathroom.


Sanding seems to be such a major part of boat building… and I’m not even making a high finish yacht. I can’t begin to imagine how much sanding and sanding and sanding they do.

I would rather get out on the water 🙂

Got home and was able to get the window frames sanded with fine paper and another coat of paint on them. Looking better. A little more patching and filling and that will be ready to go mostly together (if only I had some glass).

Time = 1 hour

1000 Days at Sea

>>> 1000 Days at Sea

2 years into a great voyage…

Reid and Soanya Ahmad left April 21, 2007 with three years of food and supplies, and the plan is to not port nor resupply until 2010. The schooner provides its own energy for lights, winches, and satellite communications from solar panels, and water generators. The Anne stopped receiving shore power in September of 2006, 225 days before her departure.