Thursday, November 4, 2010

One place, one dream

The Framing Bay has nearly been completely re-organized, and for the first time in months, we're looking across a relatively large open indoor space. The Launch molds have been disassembled, yet again, and stacked until the project is picked back up next year. Monomoy No. 2 will be next into the shop, where she will be moved, piece by piece and rebuilt in the upright position. The process will mirror as closely as possible that of her original construction, from what we know of it or can interpolate from the evidence.

Now, before anyone goes having any conniptions (Joey Guns) bear in mind that our interior space is precious. The recent bout of wet weather has reminded us why working inside is so important. Plus tool storage, access to power etc are all made immeasurably simpler inside. I know that disassembling the Launch YET AGAIN is the last thing anyone wanted, and I might remind everyone that I had the most time invested in that project. It pains me, but it is a necessary evil.

It does, however, have its benefits. Monomoys No. 2 and 3 are teaching us quite a bit about how inexpensively and easily boats can be built. We realize that having drank the Cool Aid with cold molding we were turning our back on what is, in fact, the least time consuming, least expensive, longest lasting construction method of all - the one used for hundreds of years before us. And very much like reenacting, once you're out of that bubble you can examine it in a greater context and really appreciate its merits and see its downsides. That said, I think these two restorations are going to set us up to efficiently produce beautiful traditionally built boats at a fraction of the previously estimated production cost and timeline. But we'll leave that discussion for another day.

The empty Framing Bay, newly reorganized with new lumber and tool storage, should be your inspiration.


There will be no working session again tonight. I hope to return to the shop with full vigor this weekend, toting a complete set of corrected lines for the restoration Monomoys.


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