Cabin Tops – Part 4

DougCabin Tops, Steel Boat

We had a great week, despite the heat.   David Finch delivered our day tank, and also put in welds on the cabin tops.  Jack got started on the braces for the forward cabin top.   And we are moving the last of the big sheets of steel up onto the boat.  When we put up our 23 ft tall gantry … Read More

Labor Day Labor

DougCabin Tops, Steel Boat

  David Finch delivered our day tank (fuel) and also put in time welding on the cabin tops.  Many thanks!   Getting my daily dose of iron.   Jack and I tacking on more cabin top before the sun drove us away.   Trying to work fast so I can move back into the shade.   Jack testing a grappling … Read More

Cabin Tops – Part 3

DougCabin Tops, Steel Boat

17 Days till the end of summer! The heat index is over 100F (38C) this weekend, but the end is in sight. During the cooler mornings we are still making progress on the cabin tops, and it’s been great to retreat into the shop during the afternoons.

Outboard Overheating, Seizing, and Dying

DougOutboards, Steel Boat, Work boats

Not a bad run. Nineteen years of undoubtedly hard use as a marina rental. It gave us less than 15 minutes on the water, but she gave us a number of valuable lessons. When I was a kid I spent a lot of time swimming in lakes, while my dad fiddled with outboards. I really think that’s the part he … Read More

Foam Sculpture – Part 5 – Lost Foam

DougFoam Sculpture, Steel Boat

Leilani from Portland Oregon joined us and helped carve our second dragon. It’s a ton of work and time and it feels great to have both dragons progressing. It’s a lot of my time taken away from working on the structure of the boat, but I think construction like life must contain more than timelines and efficiency. What’s the point … Read More

Cabin Tops II

DougCabin Tops, Steel Boat

Had a great weekend dodging the heat.   Work on the boat from 7 to 11 and the rest of the day got spent working on the Dragon.

ROV Stuff

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You’ll never be accused of being lazy if you have an old WORKING boat.   Fortunately Ed is a member of the Seeker crew and I think he could fix anything.  And we did him no favors by not bringing any tools.  Aaron is no slacker either.   Together they found the trouble and almost got the thing to keep … Read More

Two Years Before The Mast

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The area of a boat forward of the mast is the domain of the common sailor, hence “Before The Mast”. The author is a Harvard graduate that commits himself to duty on board a cargo ship sailing around the horn in the late 1830’s. I listened to much of this epic story while working on Seeker and it underscored for … Read More