Monday, December 24, 2007

Clearly I am not the most prolific blogger. I have not posted since October and here it is the end of December.

Here is an update on the progress made so far on the building of our prototype.

  • bottom and side panels have been glued

  • transom has been installed

  • front bulkhead installed

  • fin box designed and cut out

  • dagger board box designed and cut out

  • sliding mast track designed and ready for cut out

next steps will be to install the fin box, dagger board box and the sliding mast track. give the inside two coats of resin and install the deck. We will need to glass the hull with two applications of 3oz cloth and paint. Then we will need to outfit the deck with foot straps, deck plates, rigging and the foreword hatch.

I was moving along at a good pace with a targeted completion date of December 15th until a car crash put me in the hospital for 6 days. I broke 3 ribs, punctured my right lung, fractured the number 5 vertebra in my neck, broke my wrist requiring metal screws to hold it together, tore tendons in my left hand requiring that I wear a splint for the next 3 weeks and I shattered my right elbow also requiring metal screws to keep it together. The orthopedic doctor says that I may never regain full range of motion in my elbow. To date, 3 weeks from the crash I have very little range of motion and experience a lot of pain when doing therapy.

So, I am now behind schedule in both finishing the boat and in training for the EC. I get very depressed at times thinking about my situation. I hate being laid up having to depend on my family to do things for me. But I have to keep in mind that it could be a whole lot worse. When I think of what other people go through, the difficulties that so many people face in the world, who am I to complain. I keep thinking of a quote from Charles H. Surgeon I read on Pelican's web page. "He grows rich by his losses, he rises by his falls, he lives by dying and becomes full by being emptied", so our hardships can make us better people if we have the right attitude.

My commitment is to work hard at recovery in both physical rehab so I can regain 100% use of my elbow and be able to windsurf again, and also to maintain a positive mental outlook.

I my not make the EC this year, but I will in 09 for sure

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I have not been able to spend any time on the water lately with work and trying to get my boat done. My son and a friend were able to talk me into getting in some mountian bike ridding at Alifia State Park. We had a great time and got some great exercise and the best was no one (as in me) got hurt, which is unusual.

Here are some photos of the trip.

updating the building process

Here are some more photos of the building process. The photos are not in any type of order but give a basic idea of the fact that I know nothing about building boats. In these photos Im stitching the side panels to the bottom panels.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Side panels

This photo shows me gluing the sheer clamps to the side panels and the scarfed bottom panels.

Here are the side panels after scarfing and gluing.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

For a number of years I have been toying with the idea of building an adventure windsurfer. I wanted to design a vessel that could be used in the way a kayak is used in multi-day camping trips. It would need to provide enough storage for gear, food and water, and it would need to be efficient to paddle.
I begain to look for plans for such a vessel on the internet, libraries, book stores and boat stores and a host of other places with little to no success. So I decided I needed to design and build it myself.

What follows is a sort of journal of my endevors as a boat builder. I have no experience in this kind of work so who knows how things will turn out. I will post pictures and insites throughout the process.

My goal is to have the boat in the water by the end of September 07.


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

just gettin started

My first blog! Wow, what a trip.
Not really. Just another one of those things everyone else is doing so we think we need to be doing it too. Well it is fun and who knows who you might meet or influence in a nice way.

Keep the faith and may it always be breezy.