Boating season is here!

Things are certainly rollin’ in Ohio.  Soon our boat Willow and the new boat that Greg built for someone else will be rolled out of the shop and into the great world, after almost three years of intense labor.  Here are some before and after shots:

Ok, so these are actually an after and then before shot, of Willow’s cockpit.  Amazing what a new paint job will do.

All I can say here is that I can’t wait until I don’t have to climb that extension ladder anymore!  Willow will look more cush when the leecloths and cushions go in.  I’ve already packed most of our boat gear onboard.  I’ll be heading off to work soon in Alaska, and when I return at the end of July, the boats should be floating somewhere along the Tombigbee Waterway, heading south.

Greg was really looking forward to Jason Rose returning from his south pacific cruising to help finish the new boat, but Jason has had quite a time trying to deliver his boat to Hawaii (JasonRose.com).  Even though he’s pretty tired,  he’s feeling some excitement about progress being made; recently he ripped up the plywood shop floor that was over the cement in order to be able to roll the boats out through the big bay doors, and spoke to a guy who is willing to crane them onto flatbed trucks to deliver to a marina with a hoist.  Weather proofing the decks and finishing most wood working projects are the priority now.  These are a couple of new hatch covers:

The interior looks great.  This is the galley:

Hidden from view are all the modern conveniences: AC, fridge, freezer, microwave.  The sink not only has a manual water pump and pressurized water faucet, but a soap and

lotion dispenser.

The sliding doors have been removed in order to install the dish rack.  The freezer hole on the bottom left is also missing its hatch, which is on the work bench in order to install hinges and latches.  Most of what you see is canary wood.

I like this shot, which is the standing room space between the salon and forebunk.  Interesting angles coming together.  It also demonstrates how much trim can go into a small space on a boat!  If you look up at the ceiling where the white panels are installed in between the frames, there are extra (hard to see) trim pieces along the frames to cover the nail heads that attach the panels.  When I did a rough count, there were at least 150 of each of those pieces to measure, cut, and install, when you looked at every panel throughout the boat.  There’s still lots of odds and ends to do on the boat overall, but as far as the big tedious jobs go, this was a big one to get out of the way.

The head is one of the last areas to be finished, mostly because all the wiring has been run through this area and it was easier to leave it be.

The toilet will eventually be on the right.

And this is the reason why the toilet is not yet installed, because the wire area is not quite ready to be covered up.

It’s hard for me to believe that the next time I see Greg and the boats, he’ll be outside, on the water, somewhere around Kentucky I’m guessing, and probably doing a lot of lashing of battens to sails, hopefully with the help of Jason.  Maybe I’ll get to experience something called ‘turn key’ sailing this time around ha ha.