Cold, wet, doors and windows

I don’t know about our weather… it was predicted to be cool, but nice today, for the first time in a week, at least. Well, they were right on the cool part, but it rained/misted for a good part of the time.

Regardless, did get some things done, finally.

Started by going to the store sand getting a bit of plywood (for the "sofa" seatback) and a last piece of plexiglass for the front and rear cabin door windows. Managed to score another slightly damaged piece which saved me a few bucks.

Got home and later in the day things cleared up enough to work for a bit. Got both windows cut and the rear window fastened in place with Dane’s help (hard to be on the inside and outside of that door at the same time without some extra hands).

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Moved to the front door window and got it fitting nicely. Had to cut some fastener strips and paint them, so can’t actually fasten the "glass" in place until the paint dries.

Also cut an access port on that starboard side of the forward bulkhead between the cabin and the front deck. This lets me run bilge pump host in/out, wiring, etc. Right now its the hose I use to pump out water, and my extension cord for working in the cabin. I have had them just running through the window, but that won’t work with glass in the way 🙂

Money = $74.55 (plywood and plexi) + $5.21 (tax) = $79.76

Time = 2 hours

DIY Boat Owner

>>> DIY Boat Owner

This is a nifty looking "hands on" type boating magazine that has now been purchased by Mad Mariner. They are offering subscriptions at a lower rate than before, so might be a good time to check it out.

For months now, Mad Mariner readers have been telling us they want more to read on do-it-yourself projects. We heard you — and we are proud to announce the acquisition of DIY Boat Owner.

DIY is a quarterly print magazine that offers expert advice on maintenance, repairs and upgrades for just about every part of your boat, from engines and fiberglass to rigging, electronics and paint. Published since 1995, DIY employs some of the best marine writers in the industry, and it promotes the technical standards set by the American Boat and Yacht Council.

The magazine will strengthen our ability to deliver high-quality information to you, which can improve your boat, keep you safe and save you money. Along those lines, we can start with a break on DIY. To help Mad Mariner readers get acquainted, we have cut prices dramatically. A one-year subscription is now more than 30 percent lower than the cover price — less than it costs to buy lunch in most restaurants.

For full disclosure, I write some paid articles for Mad Marinerâ„¢.

ArrowCat

>>> ArrowCat

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Another neat power catamaran… outboard powered and geared for "day-to-day" family boating. There are more of these kinds of boats out there than I thought.

The ArrowCat 30, a power catamaran designed for family boating, was first introduced to the New Zealand catamaran world as an alternative to the larger power catamaran yachts that are so common in the Cruising Cat “world”. Designed by acclaimed catamaran designer, Roger Hill, the ArrowCat 30 is a premium midsized family cruising catamaran.

Maxing Out

>>> Maxing Out

A huge site with lots of information and adventures. Various personal journals, photos, and "extras" with pictures and articles. Good for hours of vicarious learning and enjoyment.

Welcome to Maxingout.com. This website chronicles our adventures on board Exit Only, a twelve meter catamaran with over thirty thousand miles under her keels. Our voyage began in 1995 and although our circumnavigation is complete, the adventures of Exit Only continue. The journey is the destination.

Rear cockpit paint

What do you know, I actually got to work on the boat tonight. Got my "found" can of paint out and put another coat on the rear cockpit lockers, lids, aft cabin wall and the door.

Looks nicer when it all matches pretty well 🙂

Of course its supposed to rain again tomorrow and Saturday. Hopefully it will be well dry by then.

The designer highly advises not building outdoors. I can agree.

Time = 45 minutes

MD Cats – Multihull Development

>>> MD Cats – Multihull Development

A commercial builder in Maine with some really nice looking boats. They include some outboard powered designs which I think is a very valid way of going (especially since I’m building an outboard powered boat :-)).

It may sound strange coming from a boat builder, but I still think that boating is not so much about the boat. It’s leading an active and healthy life immeresed in as much beauty as possible. I try to build boats that support this mission, without getting in your way in the process.

Russell Hunt, President