27 February 2013
22 February 2013
The gap between the aft section of the floor boards and the outboard will actually make it much easier to fit the outboard lock, which is a further benefit. I had a panic last year when I clicked the lock in place, to discover that to unlock it, I had to fit the key from underneath, and there wasn't room to get it in. I had to squeeze about, getting all of the floorboards out, before I could get the key in, but even then it was a struggle. I have changed the lock to a hardened cylindrical one, where the key goes in at the end, but it is a relief to think that I can still use the old lock if I need to.
17 February 2013
nearly finished painting the cockpit in Daisy G. Just need to paint the floor, and then all the painting left will be the exterior of the hull.
16 February 2013
Have been sanding all of the canoe frame as I realised I need to put a coat of varnish on before the linen skin. Slow and tedious job, with all of those sticks, but it gave me an opportunity to clean up all of the glue smears around the joints. I'll be pleased I did it as the smears would have shouted out to me ever after otherwise.
10 February 2013
I've started back on the paint work over the weekend. All of the external scrapes are filled and smoothed and I have painted them with grey under coat. I am going to over paint the whole hull then, it really needs it this year. Then got into cockpit and I have sanded and put a first coat on all the vertical sides to the cockpit, but it will need a second if not third. Also refitted the jib furling line and the kicking strap. So bits starting to go back on. It is only about seven weeks until launch date, which is not all that much working time. But the weather at the moment really doesn't seem springlike at all.
6 February 2013
3 February 2013
Spent the morning at the West Midlands Boat Jumble in Malvern. Always regard this as the start of the boating season. Very cold and not many dealers there. Apparently most of them are based on the south coast, and diesel is getting so expensive that it isn't worthwhile coming up to the midlands anymore. A shame, there used to be two jumbles a year, this one and one at the end of the season in October, but that went some time ago.