Month: November 2013

Finally Getting Started Building

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Well, I haven’t been exactly doing nothing, but it is amazing how life and ministry can affect my free time. Between funerals of dear friends and preparations for “Charge Conference” (our annual church meeting) I have been keeping pretty busy.

I have also been working on some of the building preparations in the garage. It isn’t going to be as easy as I thought to work on “Journey” and also get my wife’s car in the garage every night. I am afraid that depending on what I am doing, I may have to leave the car out once in a while. (don’t tell her, she might not notice if I play my cards right) 🙂

The first dilemma I needed to overcome was how to keep the garage a little warmer while I am out there working. I decided on this Optimus Quartz Tower Electric Space Heater from Lowes. So far I am not sure that it is making that much difference. The thermometer on the wall seems to inch up gradually when it is on, But to be honest, when you get an old fat boy like me working out in the garage, I seem to stay pretty warm without much difficulty.

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Pocketship begins by constructing the keel and the first step is to build the trunk which will hold the centerboard.

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So you begin by fiberglassing (spreading epoxy over fiberglass cloth) the inside of the trunk

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Here is my first attempt ever at fiberglassing, Hopefully I will become a little more proficient as the project goes along. There is A LOT of fiberglassing to do. (It does make the wood look beautiful)

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You might notice the contraption that I built to hold the lights. First of all, the lights aren’t there because I am almost blind and I  need them to see what I am doing. (although there is some truth in that) They are there to warm the epoxy so that it will harden properly. I got the idea from the CLC (Chesapeake Light Craft) website on how to heat your work area and epoxy in cold weather.

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I have the second coat on now and I plan to do the third before I go to bed tonight.

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I’m on step one of…. well a gozillion!!!!! But at least I have officially started!



Journey to Pick Up “Journey”

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Now that I have returned from Annapolis with “Journey” tucked safely in the bed of my truck, I’m not sure whether I feel more excited or apprehensive about the build.

Let me back up here for a moment and start from the beginning. I just spent three awesome days with my son and I can’t remember the last time that we did that, so without anything else, that made the last three days perfect.

The 1500 mile round trip went flawlessly! My first concern was whether or not the kit would fit in the back of my Chevy Colorado, and if it did fit, would the weight put too much of a strain on the truck, especially going back over the mountains of West Virginia.

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Well, I really need to practice what I preach, Matthew 6:34 says: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” In other words, I really need to stop worrying so much and just enjoy the journey!

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So let me tell you about my experience at Chesapeake Light Craft… I have one word for those guys…WOW. I have never been treated so well and so courteously in my life. Their patience and knowledge with my incessant questions was second to none. As an example, I was looking at the Japanese saws and my son asked the question (of me) why would that saw be any better than the other saws I already have, I didn’t get the chance to answer, one of the guys stepped in and gave Ben (and me) a 3 minute explanation of what made that saw special. I immediately put the saw in the basket of accessories to take home with me. (That guy was good!!!)

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I also got to see Pocketship (the original) in person. I remember having two thoughts as I came around the corner and saw her for the first time… the first was like falling in love all over again. She is even more beautiful in person than she was in the countless pictures and videos that I have seen. And the second thought was… Oh My Goodness, what I have I gotten myself into!!! She looked sooo much bigger in person and my fear factor of being able to complete the build went up exponentially.  (I know… I need to refer back to the not worrying about tomorrow thing)

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Another privilege that I had was the opportunity to personally meet John Harris. Let me say that he took time from his busy schedule to come out and meet with us, answer a ton of questions and then personally take us  out to get a close up look at Pocketship. Not once did I feel rushed, and I just wanted to say a public thank-you to John for the kindness he extended to a couple of lubbers from the far off land of Indiana.

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After leaving Chesapeake Light Craft, we took a brief tour of Annapolis, and then drove over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. (We certainly weren’t in Indiana anymore) The only disappointment we experienced was trying to eat at Hemingway’s Restaurant right on the Chesapeake bay. Unfortunately, they were closed Monday’s until Spring. What a bummer!

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We said our goodbys to Maryland, and headed for home. Monday night we had our fist snow of the year (don’t I remember something about “when the gales of November came early?) I hope that isn’t an omen! (I know, I know don’t worry about tomorrow!!)

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 After dropping Ben off in Seymour, IN I came home, rested for awhile, unloaded the truck (which was quite an adventure) sorted through the kit and went to bed early. The journey really has begun!

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To Everything There Is A Season…

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“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Well, the calender has now turned over to November, the leaves are continuing to fall and I am only one week from heading out to Annapolis to pick up “Journey.” I got an email last week that said CLC would be putting the kit together early this week and that she should be ready to pick up by Friday. So, my plan is to leave after church next Sunday, drive to Seymour, IN to pick up my son, Ben, put him behind the wheel and go east until we get to Chesapeake Bay. Hopefully that will put us in somewhere in the vicinity of Annapolis, Maryland. 🙂

The next time I post, I should be beginning the building process.