Sunday, August 22, 2010

Florida Guy Launches

So, Florida Guy has launched his boat - and it looks great, and he's been sailing it since June, and I'm extremely envious. On top of that I sailed on an Olson 30 yesterday for a spinnaker clinic (5 hours of pure enjoyment) and immediately came home and pulled Thumper's white, purple, and black spinnaker out of it's turtle and spread it over the backyard. Soooo cool! If only my Rodgers was finished.

But that won't be happening anythime soon. I promised my wife that the house remodel would be finished before any more boat projects are started, resumed, planned, fantisized about, or otherwise undertaken. Well, the fantisizing part might be acceptable - once in a while - but no actually picking up of the tools - unless it's for house stuff. Well, on a positive note, I will be able to work on Thumper through the winter. Hey, spring launch?????

Friday, June 25, 2010

Live From The Boathouse

Big changes!

All boat restorations, contraption building, and general tinkerings have moved from the backyard to an 18' x 40' former RV garage that, from this day forward, shall be known as the the Boathouse. We bought a house on a property that included this building. It's detached, it's heated, it's kind of ugly, and it's perfect sailing related projects. The only down side is that we've gutted the main house so remodeling projects will take priority over boat projects for a while. We did manage to sneak in a quick restore on 1983 Nacra 5.8 and 3 ton gantry crane awaits Thumpers arrival.

Cort and I have craned the Nacra off the trailer to add cradles and paint it.

Life is good!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Let The Sanding Begin!

Winter finallly decided to give it a rest and work has resumed on Thumper! I swear there was more done when we put the cover on last November. We couldn't use weather as an excuse anymore so Cort and I pulled the cover back and cranked up the sanders and shop vac. For added protection the ever prepared, and fashion conscious, Cort opted for the swim goggles and respirator combination. I heard that Cookson Boats is thinking of adopting the same equipment setup.