Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Devils and Details, part 2.

AKA. Getting by with a little help from my friends.

Well. Before this becomes ancient history I want to mention something about the battening process, which had to take place before we got covered in foam. Namely that it took a while, and required more of me than I could give alone without imploding. That vessel of ours is one seriously complex shape, see?
Becky and I hired the Hilti gun for another weekend and came back exhausted stinking of gunpowder with bruised elbows and chunks out of my knuckles. Then Jan and I took out shares in gripfill, using boxes of it to fix battening where a hilti-nail just wouldn’t do.
By the way, these babies:

are some of the porthole liners. I couldn’t handle the thought of de-boatifying wendy’s soon-come interior lining by putting square frames around circular holes, so I only spent four days laminating up eighteen of these shapes. They’re made from ‘AA’ grade birch ply in various configurations, in order to get them done the forward accommodation had to become something of a production line of repetitive tasks, before handing them over to Sam and J to fit. Fit they did. Where would I be without competent crew?

Marooned, that’s where.
So, to my mates, Jan (as ever), Supersam and new girl Jamie, Ranka- my big grinders new best friend, and of course the ever delightful miss Bee- I tip my hat to you all again. I reckon we did a good job, you all cheerfully tolerated my complete obsession with the boat as usual, only scarpering for the beach when my eyes really glazed over- and I didn’t completely lose my mind as a result. Thank you.


Blogger bowiechick said...


11:57 pm  
Anonymous SweetpeainFrance said...

ooh...... quel talent!

3:56 pm  
Blogger rob said...

Nice job of laminating!

6:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Captain cautious here,I am glad to see that some form of disciplin is kept aboard with that queer looking fellow in the red shoes triced up ready for the lash.But on the cautious side them there wooden portholes will never catch on.I notice your light davits and well remember the ships boat would be hauled up on three fold purchases then swung inboard as the davit would swivel,cant quite figure the one either side? but as usual you seem to be able to rustle up a motley crew when needed.This Sweetpea sounds a tad exotic with that there cross channel lingo.I well remember being storm bound somewhere in France!! Hmmm! thats another story!! Until next watch shipmate.Adieu Adieu.

7:48 pm  
Blogger Ib Frohberg said...

Superb liners (Ship as well)!
Can I order 2 of them Liners ?

12:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much / any snow around, or are you too close to sea level and too far south?

Chris, Sydney Au (not a snowflake in sight)

12:58 am  
Blogger IsmilebecauseIhavenoideawhatsgoingon said...

Hi Ib,

Er, yes I guess you can, you'll need to let me know what dimensions and configurations you'd like first. Send me an email to discuss this further.

6:59 pm  
Blogger IsmilebecauseIhavenoideawhatsgoingon said...

Hi Chris,
Indeed we are buried under a fair bit of snow right now. Car won't start and even if it did the roads are lethal sort of weather. So no more progress until I can actually get to the boat!
I take it Sydney is a bit more clement....
Cheers, Seb

7:02 pm  
Blogger Ib Frohberg said...

Hi Seb !
Thanks for The offer, I appreciate
it , but it was more ment as "Wow, excellent nice piece of craft "
Anyway, Thanks again !
Cheers, Ib

12:00 pm  
Blogger IsmilebecauseIhavenoideawhatsgoingon said...

cool! compliment recieved and understood!


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