Friday August 21, 2015
I feel like August has basically been a wash as far as boat building goes on the interior. June and July we were kicking things out, only to find ourselves mostly stalled at the moment. That’s not to say that work isn’t getting done. Our welder has been out almost every weekday since the beginning of the month and with that project getting completed it will be a load off our backs.
It’s just us two that can’t seem to be productive. I mostly blame the heat.Everyone tried to warn us that August is a killer and you’re better off just leaving your boat in the yard while you find cooler locations to kick up your heels for a few weeks, but we did not listen. We should have. I could be sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan right now, but we were incredibly stubborn and thought the heat would not apply to us. Wrong. We were oh so wrong. With daily highs between 91Â° to 93Â°, and the Real Feel usually leveling out at 105Â°, we have become insanely lethargic and probably a little brain damaged.
All in all, it feels like we’ve barely accomplished anything these past few weeks. Â Which may be true, but then I do have to remind myself that we still have come a ways from where we first started. Â I was looking at a few photos the other day of the first time we got on Daze Off to look at her and had to remark to Matt, “Wow, I can’t believe how different the salon looks now!”. And “That’s what the galley used to look like? I can’t even remember since we ripped it out”.
It was when I was telling him that I should put a few photos up on the blog to show how far we’ve actually come that he reminded me he took a little bit of video to send to our friends Kim and Scott on Anthyllide just before we moved the boat out of storage. Â I realized that we never really did a ‘walk through’ before we started demolishing everything and this might be as close as we have to it.
Since Matt had been making the video for our aluminum boat buddies there was a lot of focus on the areas that will need to be fixed. Â Areas of corrosion, rotting wood, ect. Â I ended up cutting a lot of the video out or else you might be staring at a section of the hull or the sole for 30 seconds while Matt explained what will happen there in the long run and also replies to some of the questions our friends Kim and Scott had asked. Leaving the narrative on while the video now jumps all over the place was also somewhat odd, so I replaced it with music instead.
I know….I’m sure you’d love an explanation of the boat as it gets walked through, but trust me, this was specifically geared for our friends instead of a general audience. Â Although it does make me think I should begin shooting a few explanatory videos as we go along with our work now. Â We’ll see.
Anyway, here is the closest thing we have to a walk through of Daze Off in her before stages. Â Not the best video, but hopefully it will give you a better idea of what she looked like as a whole before we started work on her. Â And also, to show there is proof that even though we are nowhere near the finish line, at least we’re not still stuck at the start either.
Hang in there , its will come together. Serendipity now SV Bora Da has her Hydro vane, arch, rigid vang etc fitted and is sailing in Charlotte Harbour.
Keep at it, you’ll get there. After living in Central Florida (north Orlando) for ten years, I can pretty much guarantee you the weather pattern in the summer will be; Warm, clear mornings, hot, building storms from 11 to 3, Lightning storms and torrential rains until dark, and pleasant evenings, EVERY DAY, June to November. Kind of makes night work the best option, except for the bugs. (I am assuming you have Aquatic Midge and “love bugs” there)
The boat looks great!
First of all… are you near power? Maybe a small window AC unit set in the companionway might help cool things down for you while working in the boat.
Second, I like the video. Even though no commentary, it’s good to see how the space is laid out. Good flow in it. It’s coming along quite nicely.
Daniel, we do have power (an extension cord run in through one of our hatches) and a 5000 btu window air conditioning unit. It helps keep it a bit cooler in there, but it can still reach 95 in the boat on some of those really hot days. Good thing it’s starting to cool down a little now!