On August 28th, we launched “Rachel” on a perfect day on Puget Island. Based on Sam Devlin’s Pelicano 18, she measures 19 feet and sits smartly in the water (www.devlinboat.com). A special thanks to Johnny G who has helped in innumerable ways and to my family who came out and celebrated the launch with me….
It’s a beautiful day on Puget Island, and she’s on the trailer headed to get the motor installed.
The boat is built! At this point, I have logged 229.5 single man hours. Tomorrow, I glaze the windshield, do the electrical system and install the hardware. Monday, I will take it to the motor guy. He will install the motor, throttle linkage and steering. Anna and Rolf, our new friends from Switzerland, join us…
I sanded the white and put the first coat of varnish on all bright work, then left for Longview, Washington to pick up the custom cut safety glass for the windshield. I got back to the shop at noon and put on the 2nd coat of varnish. Tomorrow I will put the 3rd and last…
Today was a busy day of coordination. After making templates for the windshield safety glass, I drove to Longview, Washington, dropped off the cuddy cabin foam for the cushions to Longview Upholstery and dropped off the glass template to Twin City Glass. I then connected with the canvas guy who followed me back to the boat shop…
Reassembled and epoxied the fir windshield together. I also cut and installed all the Douglas fir wood plugs and applied two coats of paint to her exterior.
Sanded the wood filler and then built the fir windshield. Started at 7:45 am and ended at 3:30 pm.
The inwales around the cockpit were built and installed today. Started at 8:00 am and ended at 1:30 pm.
Today, I built and completed the companion way hatch and door. Started at 1:00 pm and ended at 6:30 pm.
After finishing up the hands sawn deck beam for the companionway, all the deck beams were complete. These deck beams make up the ceiling for the cuddy cabin. I then finished building the cabin itself. Next come the building of the companionway hatch and door. Started at 9:45 am and ended at 5:45 pm.