Monday, June 25, 2012

Feeling Blue.

Today was perfectly not rainy, and I only got half a plank cut out.

I'm sick,  you see.  And while I was bravely cutting out my pieces I realized that I was having a hard time maintaining my balance.  Power tools + feeling wobbly = bad idea. So I packed up and called it a day.

Afterwards I looked up boat christening traditions and started wondering if my Rio will ever have a christening ceremony.  Then I cried.

I'm my hardest critic, and while I'm making good progress there's a part of my brain that's furious that I'm not farther along.  It's almost July, and it seems like we've have three sunny days (Oh hey, a news article saying we've had one sunny day) out of this entire month.

The centerboard still needs to be cut foiled and glassed.
I have about 4 more plywood sheets worth of patterns to cut out.
I have to figure out a way to teleport inexpensive OSB to my house, as I have no vehicle large enough to haul it for the building jig.
I need to order some 6mm Okoume.

Such a trivial list of things to fret about, isn't it? Perhaps I just needed to vent after all. 

Bright side of the day,when I was outside I was visited by a neat looking moth. 

I'm not sure what it is- perhaps a blinded sphinx moth

I love moths!  And I had pho for dinner.  The day wasn't a complete wash. 


  1. I understand how you feel. Just keep making step by step progress and you'll look back and think: "Well, maybe it wasn't as fast as I wanted, but I am proud and happy that it's built." ;) ---Dan

    1. Thanks, Dan! My mantra has been "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!" But some days are just more frustrating than others.

      I think I was (am) just ultimately annoyed that on I was too sick to work yesterday, and on a day that I could have actually made real progress.

      Thanks again for the encouragement. :) Hope your build is going well!

  2. The weather has been terrible this year. It's very discouraging. Do you have room for one of those 10x20 canopy tents with sides? If you could put one up near your house where you could get power and it would make a great weatherproof workshop. As for transporting OSB, I can help. I've got a big pickup truck and I think I live not too far from you (Mukilteo). I'd be more than happy to lend a hand to a fellow boatbuilder. Don't fret! Boats ALWAYS take more time to build than they're supposed to. Life (and the weather) gets in the way sometimes. It's not your fault, it just happens. E-mail me if I can help (

    1. I not only have room, but I actually bought a 10x15 canopy that I've been intending on setting up. I bought waterproofing spray for it, but it has to be dry long enough for the spray to set. I should really have just set it up a month ago. :P

      Thanks for being willing to help, Joel! That means a lot. I've got a few ideas (apparently Dunn Lumber delivers) and I'll be checking them out this weekend to see if I can get what I need from them. I'll keep you posted!