Once the framing is finished and installed, we spile in the decks.
Time out for bronzecasting. Mike’s sweetheart Claire has been carving patterns for washers and the breastplate. These we pound into the sand and cast, along with the oar stands and bow and stern eyes.
The day’s booty
My camera has been drinking. A fine night’s celebration.
The money cut: After an hour or two of pondering the placement of the gunwales, Mike cuts the sheer line as Janek and I originally drew it back in January. And it is still sweet.
Right gunwales finished out. Oh my. So pretty.
After dinner we fit the bow cap and stern trim, grind and sand it into form, oil it, and call it a wrap. Cricket is in the bow hatch signing the bow post.
There’s still a bit for Mike to do–install latches, a bit of fiberglassing in the footwells, paint, and so forth. But by and large she’s a boat. We bid adieu.
After a day in a coma, Pat and I go down and dig out the shop. All set for the next mess.