Thursday, 11 July 2013

The end of the beginning

It's been a while since I posted. I've been busy - boat-building.

One of the reasons I started this blog was because I was doing a lot of work on the boat that would inevitably be invisible. Take water out of the foam, seal it with epoxy, refix all the deck fittings so that the two layers of glass have a water-proof bed of epoxy around each bolt hole, on and on - so many jobs would simply disappear with the final coat of paint.

I wanted to keep a record, for my benefit  - so that when I wondered where all the time went, I could look through the blog and remember all I've done - but also for the resale value of the boat. If I don't pile the boat up on some rocks, one day it will be for sale, and it would be nice for all my careful work to be recognised.

However, I guess I lost interest in writing up every job. I just got on with the work. And now, it's launched. Ready to go:

down to the water...

the water went away, but the boat sits nicely in the mud.

the nesting dinghy on the aft platform - a place to keep it in port and on rivers. At sea, it is stored in the middle of the cockpit.

Ready for action. Where to go? Well, I don't think I am going to blog the sailing for now. Though you might get to see where the boat sails and how it performs via my AIS transponder, which I'll switch on whenever I'm underway.

If I am still fairly close to land, you should be able see where the boat is and how it's sailing here:  Marine traffic map.

If I'm at sea and the boat isn't visible, I am probably too far from land for the AIS receivers, or my AIS has broken, or I have run out of electricity or something like that.