I have named my new little Micromouse
Bumble Bee. We are having bleak winter weather now so it is
unlikely she will get her bottom wet until Spring comes again.
But if you should chance to be crossing the Shirley bridge on
the Stratford Upon Avon canal next time the greensward is strewn
with daisies you might just see the grand launching ceremony
when I smash the bottle of champagne over her bows and Bumble
Bee and I set out on our first adventure. And if you do, give
us a wave."
Here are some photos.
1) The main components for my tiny 6ft.6in. boat
(2m.) The curves and piercings in the bulkhead sections are
to give me room to stow the boat wheels when I am under way.
Chine logs are already glued and tacked to the side panels.
2) Components all assembled. She is already starting
to look sort of like a boat.
3) The flat bottom is attached to the chine logs.
I hate polyurethane glue. The fumes make my throat sore, there
are warnings on the container to keep it away from children
and if you get it on your fingers you will be picking at it
for days. When you are an old tosser like me the extra couple
of inches of freeboard provided by a well with raised sides
all round is very comforting.
4) Bottom-up. At this stage the inner gunnels
are also on. All she needs now is a deck and a lot of sand papering.
5) Done and dusted. The rest of the pics are views
of the finished boat and are not captioned - all except the
last pic of all which has words of wisdom re. the uk climate
and final info about my little boat.