Bare Bones - Part1
Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5
Just to show ya'll that I am doing something inbetwix cutting
grass and other stuff. Now these pics is the bare bones of a
12 foot skinboat...my version of the M-Plans
boat. Just wanted a smaller and lighter version. I took off
wood where I didn't think it ought to be and drilled some big
ass holes to take more wood out...where I thought I could get
away with it.
The side photo show the
"rocker" I cut in and the keel is made from a nice
piece of pine 1x3 I got at Home Depot for 3 dollars and fifteen
cents! The original plans use a straight 1x2 for the keel that
makes turning a little more difficult. It ain't much but it
does make a difference. What you are looking at weighs 7.5 pounds!
Reason I know this is 'cause
I got caught using Kaye's special postal scale she uses to mail
packages! When she saw me outside with this god awful thing
on her very expensive and precious scale...it wasn't but a second
or two later when I heard her yelling and directly at me, "Richard!
Have you lost your mind? What is wrong with you?" I quietly
replied, "Hell.......I don't know!"
Yep....I got in trouble
again.....what else is new! Furthermore and long ago...she established
the fact that I ...without a doubt... have a severe mental problem!
Well I had to get an accurate weight. It was too big to put
on the scales at our little post office or even get through
the door since I would have had to make a 90 degree turn the
first 3 feet! Our post office is an old house that's been "modified",
and I couldn't get it behind the counter up at Burns' Exxon
where they weigh out sandwich meats, bananas, cheese, grapes
and other stuff at our only local store/gas station within 20
I'm going for lightweight
with this boat. I ain't quite decided on what I'm going to cover
it with, but what ever it is I want the boat 20 pounds or less.
Regular cotton duck canvas will push the weight up more than
I want so I'll probably go nylon or dacron. I'll try to have
it done by the Canadian messabout but I doubt it since I got
so much other shit to do! I do want to try to get the stringers
on sometime soon..maybe this week.
Thought I was going to
have a good meal tonight! I asked Kaye what she was a fix'n
and she looked at me kinda droopy like with one eyebrow raised.
I know that look! I got a turkey and gravy TV dinner I bought
for times like these! I save my MRE's for real serious times!
Guess she's still somewhat pissed at me for using her scale
that she guards with her life for weighing a BOAT of all things!
Hell...she's got packages that weigh more than the boat frame
does! Guess it was the idea huh? I never will understand women!...and
too damn old even consider it now!
She had some card playing
buddies - neighborhood women folk...over the other night. I
made some comment about something, probably having to do with
dinner. She quickly pointed out the back door towards the Teardrop
and said, "Go get in your box!" I've heard that phrase
before! Seems like I remember her saying that to one of our
cockapoos when they were bad and poopeed on the floor or something!
Time to fire up the microwave and watch the X-Files! Have to
check up on Mulder and Scully...you know, to see what the FBI
is really up to these days!