The day began with a simple goal, a simple task, building the second slide stand on the port side. Garrett didn’t stop there. Before I knew what was happening he was sawing the cradle floor away!
This is why I settle for ideas not plans because I never know what I’m going to get with this guy.
The slide stands on either side are to keep Rediviva from tipping over one way or another while we, using 4 jacks, lifted her up from the cradle. She has sat on this cradle since she was just a keelson, one timber compiled of 8 layers of 2X10’s.
1 sledge hammer
4 aggressive hands
Here comes the fun part. It’s time. We really got our money’s worth with this plywood. We originally drew the lines of the boat on it in the lofting process, built a separate working floor with it, constructed the frames on it, made an entire boat atop it, we even built an outhouse. Ripping it all up, tearing it down, and burning the remains is not mournful but liberating. Cleaning up the property and moving out is beyond exciting, we’re ecstatic!
After most of the floor was removed and the framing on the sides were gone the jacks went to work.
The idea is to lift the boat just enough to get the weight off the cradle and the remaining scraps of ply underneath. As the boat lifted so did the cradle; relieved of its burden. We had to raise the boat about 3/4’s of an inch before we could wiggle the broken bits of plywood. 3/4’s of an inch… big deal… well when you’re lifting a thing that weighs about 10 tons and you’ve spent the last 2.5 years of your life devoted to building that thing while most young 20 somethings are not building a 35ft wooden boat alone in the woods it feels a little bit like a big deal. You hear loud cracks and crunching wood. Wait! Was that the boat!?!? Trying to stay light hearted about the whole ordeal I laughed every time Garrett just about jumped out of his skin at the sound each “POP.” Can you blame him though?
Before we knew it, racing the sun a bit, the moment came to let the SAWZALL into the ring. A tool appropriately named for the task; to saw all that was left. Garrett alternated beams then cubed them up to use for blocking under the keel. In order to get the hydraulic truck in we can’t have any blocking/supports wider than the keel its self.
As the sun set behind the forest line the only thing left to do is tidying up the debris and we’ve got 5 weeks to do that
WE HAVE OUR TRUCK OUT DATE SET AND IT’S TIME TO LAY THE TOOLS DOWN
…FOR A MOMENT ANY WAY. WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE MOVING! IT FEELS NORMAL FOR US. TRAVELING IS HOME. IT HAS BEEN SO CRAZY HOT THE LAST FEW WEEKS, IN THE 100’S, AND THEN THIS MORNING 66 AND RAIN. OK, SO… JUST LIKE THAT THE WEATHER TRANSITIONS FROM SUMMER TO FALL. WE ARE NOT BUMBED EVEN IN THE SLIGHTEST TO BE SKIPPING OUT ON THE WINTER. BEAUTIFUL WHITE MOUNTAINS ARE GREAT FOR SKIING BUT NOT FOR THESE BOATBUILDERS. NAPA BOATYARD WILL ALLOW US TO KEEP WORKING THROUGH THE REMAINING MONTHS OF 2017 AND WELCOME 2018 WITH A SPLASH. OUR GOAL IS TO LAUCH NEXT SPRING. 3/4 OF THE WAY THERE, 3/4 OF THE WAY TO THE WATER, 3/4 OF THE WAY TO LIFE.
Bulwarks planked, rubrail on, and bottom coated. It seems now that every day we work she really looks more and more like a boat! She is ready to be trucked. Everything else can be done at the boatyard, or after we launch. I (Garrett) have decided that I am no longer going to push myself for the remaining time up here. We have a few loose ends to tie up, but as it is now we are leaving in September! We are going to sloooooooow down, catch our breath, work on getting the property cleaned up, and packing everything. We will work on the boat when we feel like it. We will swim in the river when we feel like it…. The point is I finally see the light at the end of what has been an incredibly challenging undertaking, and I want to gather my strength for the final push. It’s pretty surreal making plans and setting dates with boatyards and trucking companies! It doesn’t feel real… It’s wild to go through everything that needs to be done before we launch in my head over and over, and realize that list is so small! We plan to keep Rediviva simple. No complex electrical system, gravity fed water, and basic rugged hardware. The most complex thing left to do before we launch is finish hooking up the motor. Having done it a few times already on previous boats I am not concerned about it. Everything else is just details, and as long as we keep chipping away she will be complete before we know it!
Wish us luck getting everything buttoned up out here! Very big changes are coming!
It’s perfect. I love doing more intricate painting where as Garrett is happy to get down with a roller and get it over with. Personally, I can’t stand rolling on paint. The feel of the brush, simple in your hand, is oddly satisfying. Learning how to make a straight, clean line without tape (because I also hate taping) using a shitty chip brush makes me feel complete.
I slowly cut in the waterline while Garrett ran around me like a mad man rolling on primer. Hoffa was away on a job so it was back to the basics and just the two of us. Garrett and I have an odd but harmonious work style. It’s about the only time I shut up. Few words are spoken and we each go about our tasks. Somehow we’ve found our opposite, filling in each others blanks.
^Everyday he looks more and more like a “normal” boatbuilder^
Garrett tackled the rudder in, I’m not kidding you, a single day. A breaker has flipped in a very awesome way. Noticing, all of a sudden, the sun is shinning and the the tar in the air smells sweet.
You’ve got the plans. The ruff stock. Shaped. Second layer. BINGO!
Glued together with epoxy and mechanically fastened. Ready for some steel strapping, pintles and gudgeons but we’ll have to find a welder first.
We did this old school. We built level “guides” or “slides” at the bow and stern on the waterline points given by our plans. We chose to raise the waterline 5 more inches knowing we are going to be a fully loaded cruising live-aboard.
Reid was still in town so we were able to scribe the waterline in one day! Reid was at one end of the line and I was on the other using weights to keep it taught. We started at the bow where the line touched our first bow point and Garrett marked it. Then we worked our way aft. Moving the bow end of the line further out and the stern end of the line further in marking each spot where the line touched the hull. This was how we were able to mark the curved line evenly.
The boat, how she sits now, is flat on her keel which is not how she’ll float. The bow will be much higher out of the water so her keel will be at more of an angle with the deeper end being at the stern. Her bowsprit will point high into the sky, her sheer exactly how Garrett envisioned!
Once we had enough marks on the hull Garrett used a batten to connect the dots. Carving the waterline into the hull with his pullsaw.
And can you believe it! Our lines on either side of the hull came out even! Port and Starboard actually match. Good team work guys!
All 36 bulwark stanchion posts are through bolted in. They are douglas fir with galvanized threaded rod epoxied inside and through bolted below decks bedded with PL Premium roof adhesive. We’ll wrap two planks around the posts, most likely we’ll use western red cedar and finish bright.
It was a group effort. Garrett cut all the fir and rod. Him and Hoffa epoxied the rod into the posts. Garrett drilled through the deck while Reid (his brother was in town so of corse he was put to work) cut the thread into the ends of the rod. Hoffa and I taped the posts and Garrett taped the deck off. I was on deck gooping up the base as well as the deck where the faces met while Hoffa was down below putting on a nut and washer then making the bond tight. We wrapped a batten around the posts to make sure they were turned in all alliance with the curve of the hull. And presto!
Next up we carve the waterline in and primer the topsides!!!!