It was a sunny-ish, Friday afternoon. I had just stopped at Martin Lumber (one of the best lumber stores out there!) to pick up some timber to get started my PocketShip's companionway and tabernacle. Poking through the lumber yard, I saw it...a beautiful, long 1"x8" hunk of mahogany. The color was deep and uniform. I measured it...16'. Perfect of PocketShip's rubrails. I couldn't let this one go, so I bought it. Now, how to get it home?
My dad and I have traded cars for a couple of weeks, so instead of the Monster, with its cavernous interior and practical roof rack, I've been scooting around in a little roadster. And while the other pieces of timber that I bought that day could be transported with one end shoved into the passenger footwell and the other end shooting off into the sky, transporting a board that's 4' longer than the car in this fashion just wasn't practical.
More pondering. One of the greatest benefits to where I live is that it is only about a mile from Martin Lumber. Why not just carry it home? So, I drove home, offloaded my other purchases, walked back to Martin, grabbed my board, and set off. A couple of notes, in case you ever decide to walk a 16' piece of lumber home... The weight of the board wasn't too much of an issue as I meandered the streets. But, wow, the moment of inertia...I'd turn a corner and the board wouldn't. RRRRaaaaaargh, ok, now we're going the right way. There was also a light wind, and the darn thing would want to weathercock any time a gust caught it. Whooooops...RRRRaaaaaargh, ok, now we're going the right way. And then there's the length. You'd have to be careful approaching intersections, or else you'd have several feet of mahogany hanging into the street while waiting at the crosswalk. Watch that window! It took constant effort to keep the whole business from devolving into a Laurel and Hardy-type affair.
|The 16' mahogany plank, finally at home|
|Ready to 'glass the cabin|
|View of the fiberglass from the front |
of the cabin, showing it draping down onto bulkhead #2.
|First coat of epoxy on the cabin|
|Starboard cockpit 'glass|
|Fiberglass in the footwell|
I drove back to the office and started looking for another supplier. The marine supply stores cost upwards of four times what Fiberglass Mart charged. I found another place up north, but they'd only sell me a full 150 yd roll. Finally, after much hunting, I found some guys down in N. Seattle who had some fiberglass at a reasonable price. I drove down there after work. Turns out that they knew Luis, the owner of Fiberglass Mart, and had bought out his inventory. They also told me that Fiberglass Mart had closed because Luis had retired...I was so relieved...it was such a great store and he was such a hardworking, knowledgeable guy that I hated to imagine him having gone out of business. Now, though I'm still saddened by the loss of my favorite fiberglass supplier, I'm happy to think of him enjoying his well-earned retirement.
|The rough stuff, forward|
|Maybe the 7oz stuff is stronger, and maybe that's good, but this is just not-so-nice to work with|
|Bright, shiny, and fully fiberglassed!|
|Getting started on the slow business of sanding all the bright, shininess to a dull grey.|
In the end, I got the 'glassing done.
|The weather has been getting warmer, but I've never seen anything like this. In the morning I put a new liner in the trash can. I then spent several hours sanding and fiberglassing. I turned around and found this....|