Well begun is half done.
In the comment thread of an earlier post I said this:
One of the things that’s so different about building a boat vs. making docs is that you start building the boat with a plan that has (nearly) every detail down to the 1/16th of an inch, (or in this case, millimeter; our design/er is English.) The number of panels is specified. The way to lay out all the parts to use the plywood most efficiently is specified. And on and on…
We got our boat shop today.
From the door to the back wall is 44 feet. Post to post it’s just under 20 feet. The wings are 34 feet long and 12 feet wide. There’s room to build both hulls side by side, plus room for tools, mixing stations, joinery stations; room for everything needful.
Our new hire, a talented young artist and craftsman poached away from one of our nation’s capital’s finest cultural institutions arrives this weekend and we’ll start transforming the above space into a proper workshop.
Presently plywood and lumber and epoxy and paint and motors and battery banks and sails and ropes and blocks and all sorts of other things will begin to accumulate, and then by the application of effort and ingenuity these various bits and pieces will become a 38′ Polynesian style catamaran — the first ever James Wharram designed boat built to US Coast Guard Inspected Passenger Vessel specs.
The instructions for how to make this happen are in that green and black bag sitting there on that table in the back right corner. Every piece of wood, every inch of line, every block, every yard of fiberglass accounted for down to the millimeter; all right there in a cardboard folio in that bag.
I am excited. Very, very excited!