Aug 15, 2009

Tweedle Dum

Tonight I finished the last of the epoxy and fiberglass on the boat*. Tomorrow I'll start the final sanding and then painting. Got some paint at Home Depot. Pretty sure I've shored up, epoxied, and glassed more than I need to on "it's just a rowboat" and I am really confident the Tweedle Dee will take about a third of the time to do now that I know what I'm doing.

Jill and the kids are visiting relatives tonight, so I enjoyed some late boat work and the rain. I've done my obsessive reading about boats and boat building, and when I'm not working on it I'm thinking about working on it, or the next one, or the next next one. But when I'm in the garage working on it time stands still and the only thing I'm thinking about it wood, water, epoxy, and sandpaper. It's nice to have a meditation like that.

* The oars still need some epoxy and glassing, but since I'm clamping one of them with every clamp I've got right now, it'll take a few more days to finish up the second one.

2 comments:

ACR said...

Hi Robert.

I was Google searching for builders of Hannu's Port. Dinghy and I found your site. Thats a nice looking boat! I'm interested in building one here in Atlanta so that I can go fly fishing out on calm lakes and rivers. Have you tried standing in the boat? And if so, is it steady enough after practicing some?

Adam Rhinehart

robert said...

I have been quite remiss in posting progress! Here is the photo album of the launch:

http://fnirt.com/photos/album.aspx?id=126548

Includes a shot of me standing up in the boat. It was quite stable, but I don't know if I would want to stand in it and do anything else. Like fish.But it was a bit more stable than a canoe, not nearly as stable as a jonboat.