I was thinking about how long we have been working on the boat today and it will be almost 2 years to the day when we
finally launch. We picked up the plans on April 1st and we are planning to launch in late March so it will be close. We have
been busy with a quick trip to Canada over the Thanksgiving holidays and then we had snow twice in the same week and now it's
Christmas shopping and parties to get in the way of boat building. Last winter we built a plastic enclosure around the boat
and were able to work in the warmth of the heater both in an out of the boat. This year we are able to close all the windows
and doors and work in the boat but there is still the trip from the boat to the heated shop. It's been really cold but hopefully
it is going to get out of the 30's this week and I can get busy making some doors for the cabinets. The Carolina's are usually
warmer than this!! We did get a bit of good news though. It looks like the Highway Dept. has redrawn the right of way
lines for the highway project that was scheduled to take our home and we may get to keep the house. Time will tell. Check
back next week.
The highway dept. has made an offer on the boat house property so I guess it will go in the not to distant future. I
finally got a chance to get down there and do some work on the cabinetry during the 3 days of snow last weekend. I made the
doors for the desk next to the bed and started getting the paneling up around the pantry. I had a piece of straight grained
mahogany that I have been saving for the door on the pantry but had too many pencil marks and ended up cutting it too
short....22" too short!! I decided that it was time to quit for that day and went home. It will be used for the doors under
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The new year should bring us a boat in the water about the
end of March or so.
Happy New Year!! We watched the new year come in with a bang over Pensacola Beach, Florida. It seems that Debbie
and I have this bad habit of taking vacations instead of working on the boat but who cares. The weather this week end was
fantastic. 70+ degrees the last two days and it felt great to get down and work on the boat. The new picture is of the front
step/battery box and the other is of the desk area next to the bed. I got the formica on and the wire shelf in after I took
the picture. I also put a door frame and paneling on the shower and fitted a step going out the back door. The door frames
are varnished and ready to go on as soon as I get a lighter color canning to fit in the frames. We have some canning that
was graciously donated by friends of ours but the color is too dark so we will try and find a light color to help brighten
the interior. I think we are going to be suprised when we finally get the boat out of the shade and in full sun. It should
be very bright inside with all those windows.
1/14/04 I went in search of a light color caning for the doors and after 5 or 6 phone calls to various
furniture companies (this is the furniture capital of the world anyways) I spoke to Barbara Kincaid at D R Kincaid furniture
and she told me she probably had what I needed to finish up. An hour later I had exactly the color I was looking for and she
wouldn't take any money for it. There are still a lot of great people in the world. Just build a boat and you will see for
yourself! I have been blessed with the gifts of time, support and materials from lots of people while building this boat.
The frames now have the caning installed and I'll post a picture this weekend when I get them put on. I still need about 50-60
board feet of Mahogany to finish all the trim, door frames and handrails but the company in Hickory that I bought my
last batch from will only sell me a minimum order of 200 feet. I can get it in 1 3/4" or 1" thick (a board foot is 12"x12"x1"
thick) for about $4.74 a foot plus tax. If anyone would like to buy 125-150 feet, let me know and I'll get it ordered. I get
great looking Honduran Mahogany from them but just don't need all 200 feet right now.