Posted by: Alan Richards | August 29, 2010

Day 496 – Back in Session

Progress has dragged slowly over the last few months.  It is tantalizing to have the finish line seem to be in sight but not to be moving towards it.  It is disheartening to have the project unfinished. The weekends have been full and the weather has been unbearably hot.  However the weather should change soon and it will be possible to spend more than five minutes in the garage without ending up in a puddle of sweat.
I think the thing to do is to make some small step forward every weekend.  This weekend I sanded off all the ‘vegetable’ color paint and will try again with new paint colors.  I have also spoken to a sailmaker – Stuart Hopkins of Dabbler Sails in Virginia.  He cannot start until the mizzen mast and main yard have been made so that their bending properties are known.  So I have started making those two spars, using Douglas Fir from Home Depot, splicing the pieces to  get the length and making them in two halves to avoid warping.

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