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The seed of adventure has been sown.

The goal is to take this boat on a trip that no other Wharram boat has taken.
From Great Slave Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories up the MacKenzie River to the Beafort Sea
and westward to the Bering Sea and south to the inside passage on the Alaska and British Columbia coast.

Friday, December 08, 2006

I have reached what feels like an in between state in the world of Tiki 26 building. I almost have a hull but I'm a long way from having a boat! There is something to be said for building both hulls at the same time, side by side. It emerges as one. Once this first hull is done I will have to go back and start all over again on hull # 2. Having changed somethings is causing confusion for me too. Today, looking at the hull upside down for the first time in a while, it feels like I have enough of the inside done to stop interior work for the moment and move to the outside. One reason for this is that it is easier to have the hull on saw horses without the curved decks on. Since I plan to add the exterior deck stringer after I glass the hull sides anyway why not leave the boat upside down for awhile and do the necessary work on the outside. I'm going to give it some thought over the weekend. What it means is spending a day filling wire holes from the outside, sanding the hull smooth, rounding off the stem, stern and keel and fairing areas that need to be so that the glass cloth will lay down flat and smooth. The change may be good. With the low temperatures the epoxy curing hasn't kept up with my pace of work. I plan to help this along by placing a heater under the over turned hull so it will hold the heat and cure the epoxy totally. I think I'll ponder my next moves and do some more studying of the plans and then Monday launch into the next moves.


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