Monday, July 23, 2012
Its been three years (as of July 22) since we officially began construction. While we spent a lot of time leading up to July 22, 2009 planning and preparing for this project, this was the date that the steel arrived so I'll call that our anniversary date. The picture is Jesus and I standing on top of 65,000 pounds of steel as delivered by flatbed semi-truck three years ago. The basic steel work on the hull took about a year, and Sue and I have spent the last two years fitting her out from the bare hull. Our target is to launch at the beginning of October, move on board, and finish the fit-out at our marina in Sausalito.
So, back to work... The name went on this weekend which was pretty cool. We used 3M vinyl lettering custom cut to our specs by Captain Johns Boat Lettering. Good quality stuff and relatively easy to apply (except for some minor battles with the prevailing westerlies here). I definitely recommend doing this type of work on a calm day. Other recent projects included: new bathroom vanity, sink, and faucet (the home depot one just didn't look right to us), insulating the forepeak, more plumbing, and finishing the vacuum pump installs in the engine room with all associated piping and hoses attached. Lots of work ahead, but it's starting to feel like were gaining some momentum.