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Construction Diary

2003:

July 4 - 13

July 16 - 20

July 21 - 27

July 28 - Aug. 3

August 4 - 22

August 23 - 31

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References Technical Notes Egrets and the Commodore

July, 2004

July 13-17, 2004

"Jumpin' skipjack it's a glass, glass, glass!" (apologies to Mick and the boys)

Hull after glassing.

Four long days of glassing, feathering, and glassing. Now to finish out the fairing. In a week or two, we'll have an all-day session to apply the eight epoxy layers that will finish the outside of the hull.

The bottom is 10oz, the sides 6oz, and the chines/stem/stern are 14oz.


July 18, 2004

Deck and cabin beams

Laminated about 2/3 of the deck beams today.


July 28, 2004

Gave the hull a good scrubbing last night. Looks pretty good. Gelcoating planned for this weekend. The roughed-in deck beams are planed and sanded to final thickness and width. Have begun thinking in earnest about how to get it out and rolled over.


July 30, 2004

With the profoundest apologies to all the women out there building boats-I submit that the appeal of boatbuilding is largely a guy thing. Empirical evidence from my own boat building ventures supports this. Because I live in a small city, I don't have a lot of room to build. The result is that much of my work goes on in public. On any given day, at least one person will stop by to chat. Quite a few more will slow way down as they pass by.

It seems that if a man is by himself he is more likely to stop and strike up a conversation. If he is with a spouse or significant (female) other, it is more likely that he'll do a drive-by. The third category is the most informative. It usually starts with a slow drive-by, and a turn-around in a neighbor's driveway. They park, and the man gets out to talk. The woman sits in the car, with the engine running, usually with her arms crossed and a slightly peeved look on her face. In better than half the cases they never look in our direction, but stare fixedly ahead.

A few of possible reasons come to mind. The first is that the distaff member of the relationship is, as I suspect, completely cold to the whole boat thing. Add to that the fear that whatever disorder I have may be contagious, and you have an at least plausible explanation. Another possibility is simply that in our culture women are less prone to engage in the ever-so-slightly gauche behavior of interrupting someone who is busy. But I think that if that were the reason, she'd also get out of the car to keep an eye on the big oaf. Finally, the response may be an outgrowth of the gender bias our society has for building things.

So, I think that does leave us with a gender difference in the way folks react to home boatbuilding projects. I'm not certain why this should be, but it seems to be confirmed by my experience. It may be a regional thing, or lack of an adequate sample. It may be the result of our culture's gender-differentiated social behaviors. I find this curious.

Hull after gelcoating.

July 31, 2004

A very long day Saturday rolling on the 6 layers of barrier coat epoxy. Thought we'd have to delay due to rain in the early morning, but it cleared up and dried off faster than expected. I have learned one drawback to working on the boat half inside the garage. The end hanging out sets up much faster due to being in sunlight. All in all, I'm pleased-tommorrow I sand. (gently, gently)

Construction Diary

2003:

July 4 - 13

July 16 - 20

July 21 - 27

July 28 - Aug. 3

August 4 - 22

August 23 - 31

September

October

November
December

2004:

March

April

May

June

July

August

Rollover

September

October November

December

2005:

February

March

April

May

June-August

September

October

2006:

March

July-August

September

October

2007:

April-May

June

July

August

September

October

2008:

January

February

May

July

September

References Technical Notes Egrets and the Commodore