Noah’s Ark, redux

We’ve had another builder of a Noah’s Ark replica (Noah’s Ark, Noah’s Ark, again)… here’s another one. The fact that it was raining in the video was appropriate to me.

A giant replica of Noah’s Ark opened to the public on Monday in Hong Kong. The ark is world’s only full-scale model and was built following the description written in the Bible, according to the Hong Kong property developer who constructed it. (May 25)

Transcript:

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Memorial Day

Sorry that family issues kept this late in the day, but just wanted to wish all the U.S. readers a Happy Memorial Day. I thanks everyone who has served or is now serving your country in the various armed forces (and 1st responders, etc.). Most especially, my heart goes out to the families of those who have given their lives in service.

Readers from elsewhere, I realize this probably isn’t a holiday you observe, but I would encourage you to look to your own nation and give those that have served your thanks.

Blue walls

In between other chores (and rain), I wound up getting a fair amount done today.

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To begin with, I trimmed the plexiglas for my “misshaped” window and got it remounted. I managed to use the same piece of plexi, which was a big relief to me to not waste that one. Got the window mounted and swinging nicely.

After trying last night to mount my window latches, I figured out that I needed a standoff on the latches, and also a way to get ahold of the window to pull it shut. Initial thought was to cut a short piece of wood with a “finger slot”, but when I stepped into the garage, I saw some scrap threshold molding left over from the hardwood floor we put down. It was about the right shape, so I made some pulls from it. Seemed to come out pretty well. I’ll get some paint on them so they match and away we go.

After lunch a spent a bit cleaning up my “epoxy bench” which has been getting rather messy. The final straw was when a jug of resin turned over and spilled about a cup the other day.

Later I sanded a good bit on the various windows, making sure they fit nicely and getting them ready for a little epoxy filling. Moved from there to touch-up painting the windows. There will be more, but wanted to make sure they were sealed with all the rain we’ve been getting.

End of the day, I moved to painting the cabin sidewalls. The boat is now at least a lot blue (see picture above).

Aft cabin hasn’t been touched, but I did get the forward cockpit interior with a coat on it. Looks radically different (to me, anyhow).

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Money = $19.72 (hinges and door slides) + $1.38 (tax) = $21.10

Time = 4 hours

Happy 3rd Birthday, Craft A Craft

Well, it’s been another year. Craft A Craft is now three years old. Seems in some ways that it was just the other day that I started this. On the other hand, a lot of water has passed over the boat since then. The site has had over 3000 postings and coming up on 600 registered users (with many more regular visitors).

I’m about 2 years into my build, and things are beginning to look like I might be able to have water pass under the boat in the foreseeable future. Still a lot of work to do, but progress is being made.

The site has had some further changes in the last year, and hopefully the current incarnation is well received by everyone. Please drop me a note with suggestions and comments!

Thanks for being regular readers and for the help and advice I’ve gotten from many of you.

Bruce

Another window

Took a few minutes and got the forward "drivers side" (starboard) window mounted on its hinges. Got to sand/plane a little to get a good fit, and a little more touch-up paint, but its on there.

Then I tried to mount the latches I had picked up for the port windows. Little slide bot jobs, brass. Look nice. Don’t work very well with the mounting I tried. They will need a standoff block to have a little more depth from the window frame itself. I’m thinking of doing a standoff that also has a finger "slot" so that you can pull the window closed easier. We’ll see.

Time = 30 minutes

Jumping windows

Or the power of wind…

I re-glued the window frame the other night and just left it in place in the "hole" on the boat to make sure it stayed in the right shape. No problem, right?

Well, last night we had some moderately strong winds. This morning I remembered that I had left it sitting there and figured I better check on it. I expected to find it on the ground and just hoped it hadn’t messed it up (again).

Well, I found that the frame had jumped overboard. But instead of being on the ground it had succeeded in moving a foot and a half or more horizontally and was neatly hung on the ladder that was sitting there. I couldn’t have gotten it to stay on the ladder if I tried, but it had hung there for some time.

I took it down and stowed it away a bit neater.