Sunday, March 1, 2009

April Fools

Opps, not April yet? Oh well, deal with it, I had to. So February was possibly the stupidest month of my life. I am still reeling from it all. I was all set to give up on the boat. I was tired of hearing how my boat was taking up space in the shop and was too overwhelmed and cold to do anything about finishing the renos. I spent weeks packing and moving all my stuff from the apartment, the boat and Davids house and putting it in storage. I then moved a few vanloads of stuff over to Ricks. Once I got there Rick wanted to clear the back pasture and the basement, so I spent another week or two moving more stuff in between working at my job. I was feeling underfoot at Ricks and the insecurity of knowing that I couldnt relax there and wait for the universe to do its thing prompted me to move back out. As the apartment hadn't been rented out yet , I ended up moving back in here for the time being. I can't believe I just spent a whole month moving my shit in circles. I really feel like I'm going mad. The one thing this taught me though is how much I missed having my own space so I'm much more motivated to get the boat put back together again.

Soooo as far as the boat is concerned, this is the new plan. As I was inspecting things where the side decks attach to the main cabin, I couldn't help but notice that anything that looked like support was rotten. As I removed more of the structure it just got worse. This is when I really wanted to give up as now I was going to lose the thing that made the boat special to me, its character in the hand carved wood in the cabin. Then one day when I was looking online I found a picture of a boat that looks very similar to mine. I liked the top cabin and extra deck space it afforded. I was also realizing that the design of my cabin with its sloped windows was always going to be a problem as far as keeping things waterproof inside.

Their Boat

My boat

So I've done something completely radical and totally unthought of until now. I cut the whole cabin off! I want to extend the white cabin on the back all the way to front of where the windows used to be and build the upper cabin as in the picture of the other boat. I will lose the 10 foot high ceiling in the living room but it isn't so bad. There is still room for someone close to 6 feet tall to stand up inside and Im short so it will suit me fine. The square box will be so much easier to fiberglass then the cabin the way it was.

The cabin cut off

Im also going to remove the woodstove and the stand it was on as well as the staircase on that side and build a dinette area in its place. I liked the woodstove for its blasting heat but it was a fire hazard and keeping up with the demand for wood was a time consuming pain. I'm going to install the propane furnace and if it isn't enough I will buy a small furnace that burns presto log bits. Having a proper table to sit at to eat will be so nice. Once the top is built, I will insulate it and the interior of the hull and cover the inside with tongue and groove to restore the wood look without all the drafts.

A view inside of the cabinless boat(the stairs and woodstove on the right will be removed to make place for the dinette)

As the boat never leaked from sitting in the water I am hoping that I can recaulk the boat and leave it wooden instead of trying to fiberglass the hull. It was only the fact that I had rotten boards and the decks leaked that were the problem. I have no problem fiberglassing the top deck and roof. I will have to talk to someone in the boat building industry and see if I can do this still or if its too late with the way I have done things. Keep your fingers crossed for me please.

I have to say I had never gotten around to reading the blog called the Wendy Ann 2 before but all the other blogs I read were going on about them finally launching their boat. I got curious so read the whole blog in one sitting from beginning to end. What an inspiration that was! I feel a right fool for sniveling about my lot after seeing the size of their job and the sacrifices they made to get the job done and well done too if I say so myself.

I think what they have over me is ,for one thing, they are a couple that support each other and their dream for this to happen. They only had this one project to focus on ( as opposed to David and his one hundred and one things on the go) and they had friends who came by and helped. I have basically had my hands tied for much of the time as I couldnt beg or pay people to help me and being alone with no clue was so daunting I just gave up. Well we will see how much further I get with it now. Thanks to the folks with the Wendy Ann 2 and the inspiration they have given me, hopefully one day soon, I will be having my own launch party.


Tim Zim said...

You go girl!

rob said...

I know that you are going to hate what I am going to say but!!! read no further if you don`t want to be upset!!!!! Your hull will alwayd need quite expensive work on her to keep in safe in the watter! rot as is rust is ever present in boats however a grinder and cheap welder work a lot easier than plank and rib replacement. so what I suggest is that you find a cheap steel hull and refurbish that with some of your old boat timbers (maybe the carvings etc )you take a short course on how to weld and things will start to last a little longer! I was a time served carpenter and joiner and would never have a wooden boat as I feel that they are "just so much firewood" sure they look good and the skills in building them is much to be admired but you can do withou the work needed to keep them! please scrap it and buy a cheap steel hulled pleasure cruiser (sail or motor):o(( sorry if I have upset you, Please,please prove me wrong and go for it! Rob

bowiechick said...

Rhianna, I know that woodstoves are hugely problematic to feed however, in all the sources of heat we've used nothing, and I mean nothing beats the wood heat. We had a propane furnace for at time and that is a wet heat. The condensation and mildew that built up on the walls of the float house was a new thing for me this year. Plus you know getting tradespeople for propane applications on boats is darn right impossible. Since we've had the shore power I've had the wood stove going again and I can't begin to tell you what a difference having my stove back going again is doing. HUGE. I even had mildew inside my kitchen cabinets this year! With the stove operating again, wee floatie is a happier hobbity house again. With less mildew.

Maybe one of those Force10 wood burning ones that you can put the presto logs in? Then there are always the Dikenson diesel stoves too...

cyberangel said...

Hi Guys thanks for the input.Thanks for the giddyup Tim, and Rob I totally understand where you are coming from.To be honest living on a boat this size is not my dream.I just want to get it floating again so I have a roof over my head while I keep my eyes open for something more suitable.
Tana, thanks for the input on the heat situation.I was thinking of getting one of those force ten presto log burning stoves. I was very impressed with them on the Hari Mai. I like the idea too that they dont take up much room. I do like my woodstove, but the way mine is built its a real fire hazard. Every little wave would knock the cover off and flames would shoot into the boat. Plus it was so small and round, I had to cut my firewood into stupid small pieces.Way too much effort for me. Ive been looking for ever for a different woodstove that would fit but havent had any luck so far. I thought about diesel, Dave has a stove I could have, but it needs alot of work and I would have to find a place to store fuel, etc,etc. Im kind of liking the idea of going smaller and having room for a table to eat at. Well we will see what happens, I have a shipwright coming out tommorrow morning to look things over and tell me if I can salvage things. Wish me luck.

rob said...

Heres wishing you loads of luck!