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Boat update

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Today's work included fiberglassing the deck then trimming the excess fiberglass from the inside of the cockpit and along the upper edge of the hull where the the deck fiberglass wraps around the first couple of inches of the hull. It looks beautiful and I'm very pleased!

The footbraces are in plus 6 handmade pad eyes under the deck. I plan on getting some shock cord and stowing a water bottle and maybe my camera if waters are calm.

Next up...two more coats of epoxy on the deck, install the coaming, cut hatches, and install bulkheads.

I'm getting close! =)

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NATPLUMMER 8/14/2012 1:05PM

    Wow!! It's looking fabulous!

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MEADSBAY 8/13/2012 5:35PM

I am sosososo impressed!

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SCREWIE 8/13/2012 10:48AM


I love how dedicated you are :)

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DOUBLEMME 8/13/2012 3:36AM


Paraphrasing the popular naturalist Bill Mason, we could say there is nothing that is so aesthetically pleasing and yet so functional and versatile as your kayak.

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Kayak progress

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

As some of you know, I'm building a wooden kayak. I have never built anything in my life but they say you don't need woodworking skills to do this so I decided to go for it.

It has been slow going as it's been much too hot to apply epoxy. I've had to wait, and wait, and wait for it to cool down. I finally got some cooler drier air so I could fiberglass the outside of the hull.

Here is the beginning!

The left side has fiberglass and a coat of epoxy. The right side is just fiberglass. The fiberglass disappears when it's saturated with epoxy.

The deck is put together but not yet aligned.

This is the plate that's just behind the cockpit. It's a beautiful feature.

There is still a lot of work left to do but I am very happy with it so far. I will keep you posted!

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SCREWIE 7/31/2012 2:52AM

    Wow, kudos to you for doing it. You must be very proud of your efforts so far!

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JLITT62 7/26/2012 5:11AM

    Wow! I am very impressed!

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UMUCGRAD 7/25/2012 8:53PM

    I am impressed. I can't assemble anything even with instructions.

All the best!

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CHEEKY1000 7/25/2012 1:22PM

    Love Norm Abrams! Something peaceful about him. He's not a spaz like so many of those guys are on HGTV.

Glad to see the update on the kayak. I've been wondering. Have you been going out on the lakes with your AE kayak?

Have fun! The wooden one looks great!

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VHALKYRIE 7/25/2012 1:15PM

    That is amazing! Great job!! I am envious!!

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NATPLUMMER 7/25/2012 1:02PM

    That looks fabulous!!!

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JENNIK2 7/25/2012 1:01PM

    What a great hobby!

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JOAN_HEO 7/25/2012 12:55PM

    Tell your husband, "Thank you!" from me! =)

You crashed your plane! Ahhh! That would have broken my heart! Hopefully I won't do the same to the kayak first time out!

I've always wanted to grow up and be Norm Abrams but I don't think I will be as good at building things as he is. =)

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JUDYAMK 7/25/2012 12:47PM

    my husband said you are doing a good job.I built a model plane one time, took me all winter, that spring I took it out to fly .I had control over the radio & did not listen to my husband as he yelled PULL BACK PULL BACK ON THE THROTTLE!!!! It took a nose dive & crashed into pieces all that work destroyed just because I would not listen. have fun Show us as you go along on your summer project.

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This is an incredible article!

Monday, June 11, 2012

It's long but really interesting article from yesterday's NY Times. Give it a read. It explains all sorts of things.

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    Thanks for posting...interesting read.

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KANSASROSE67 6/11/2012 1:10PM

    VERY interesting...thanks for sharing!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/11/2012 11:46AM

    This is fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

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NATPLUMMER 6/11/2012 10:53AM

    Very interesting :-)

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LAURIE5658 6/11/2012 10:49AM

    That is very interesting. Thank you.

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/11/2012 10:39AM

    very intersting! How have you been?

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WILSON1926 6/11/2012 7:06AM


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It's been forever!

Friday, March 02, 2012

1.) _The Book Thief_...a spectacular book
2.) Two hilarious E-books... _Learn me Good_ and the follow-up _Learn Me Gooder_
3.) Fridays
4.) It's pay week =)
5,) Not being tempted by cake

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DEBADEAU 4/29/2012 2:18PM

    I'm always tempted by cake... *sigh*

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NATPLUMMER 3/4/2012 11:01AM


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It's been a while

Thursday, February 16, 2012

1.) whole and healthy children
2.) chocolate raspberry port (this one deserves gratitudes X 20!)
3.) working with people who know what to say when the chips are down
4.) working with people who care
5.) being available when I was needed...for that I will be forever grateful.

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NATPLUMMER 2/17/2012 10:34AM


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MEADSBAY 2/16/2012 9:52PM

    Hitting the port again, are we?

We actually sipped an entire little bottle this week with
1. my birthday pecan pie
2. various wonderful V-day chocolates.

It's all gone now.

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