Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sliding Hatch - Part 3

The sliding hatch is well on it's way to being finished. The underside is glassed, and the last piece is curing as I write this.

The companionway hatch board is cut. A window will be put in it later.

My neighbors have been curious enough to come over and see what I'm building. And, I get the same questions:

"How did you learn how to do this?"
"What made you want to build a boat?"
"Did you do this by yourself?"
"How long have you been working on it?"

I don't mind answer all the questions, I enjoy showing the boat off. It makes me feel good that people admire the work I have put into this project. I looked back on my notes, and I started TARDIS on May 18, 2010. I do hope to have her in the water by May 1, 2012. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sliding Hatch - Part 2

Today I cut out the ply and glued the fore and aft beam to the hatch. Tomorrow, after it cures, I will glue on the sides and the mid-beam.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sliding Hatch

The jig for making the sliding hatch is made. All the beams are made. The sides for the hatch are glued up and curing tonight.

I'm using the poor man's clamp for the sides to the hatch. These are 4 inch PVC pipe cut into 1 1/2 inch lengths, and then cut one side for an opening. These are very good for some applications. I also have made clamps out of 2 inch PVC.

Progress has been slow the last couple of weeks. Other things have needed my attention. But, like the turtle ... slow and steady wins the race.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


The top is fiberglassed. The outside rails are cut. I decided to make the sliding hatch before I glue and bolt the outside rails in place.

I was dreading having to buy lumber to build a form for the construction of the hatch. A few days ago, as I carried the trash to the curb, I noticed a pile of scrap lumber down the street. Well, I immediately went down to find anything I could use for a form. I ended up dragging four boards home that I can use. Why buy when you can find stuff for free! I'm thrifty that way!