At James B Franks’ Request, a MON TIKI Update!
January 1, 2012:
If there’s a phrase from this passage that feels like it hits a little too close to home, it’s “schemer and narcissist”. It’s an occupational hazard for anyone trying to establish themselves as an artist. The job demands relentless self-promotion on an order that I’m sure most people would find distasteful to the point of being untenable. Probably this is also true for bloggers, or journalists, or anyone else for whom being in the public eye is part of the currency of the profession…
Late in 2010 I experienced a growing awareness of a void in my life.
The relentless pursuit of my ambition for myself/my films had devoured most of my avocational and recreational life; that I already knew. But what I began to realize was that outside of my role as a parent, I spent virtually no time in service to others; no coaching youth soccer, no tutoring, none of the things that used to come and go in life with no special effort on my part…
Then one day in December, while coming back from a trip up island to get my TWIC card, and in the exact same spot where I had my Sputnik Moment in 2002, I thought, “Wait a minute. If I built the right boat, I could take students and teachers out on science field trips. And since this would be during the school year it wouldn’t be during my busy time. That would be good for the kids, good for the boat, and good for me…”
By the end of January we hope to have the lower hulls skinned, faired, and turned.
By the end of February we hope to have the interior joinery completed, and the upper topsides fitted and fair.
By the end of March we hope to have the hulls decked.
By the end of April we hope to have the cross beams fabricated, deck-pod finished and deck installed.
This will leave us May to paint, rig, and launch.
So then, where stands the MON TIKI build on this Tax Day 2012?
The lower hulls are skinned, faired, and turned
The upper topsides are fitted and faired.
The interior joinery necessary to run the boat as a business is 90% complete. The galley, dinette and other portions of the boat needful for family adventuring will have to wait.
The cross beams are 80% done. The rudders are 70% done. The deck pod is cut, but not yet assembled.
We’ll be spending the remainder of this month working on the getting the hulls closed up so we can move them outside and begin a dry-fit in the yard outside our shop.
The delay in getting our Structure and Stablity approval from the US Coast Guard hurt us. Allowing for the work already done on the crossbeams and rudders against the work on the hulls that was suppose to be completed by March, I’d say we’re about 2-3 weeks behind schedule.
There’s extra pressure because Dave left the build two weeks ago to start getting his own business ready for the Summer season; Kate left us last week to joint the Baltimore Police Department; Sean, long out of work as a laser technician in manufacturing is flying to Chicago this week for a job interview (and my spidey sense says he’s going to get it); and Joe, with me from the start, begins an artist in residency in Alexandria VA next month.
On the plus side I just interviewed a neuroscientist interested in joining the team for the remainder and my spidey sense says if he can manage the commute, he’ll be a great addition!
Also: if I said I was taking my life savings and building a miniature golf course instead of a sailboat would there be any of this of the “Rich Buddha” bullshit?
I don’t think so.
So how about you take your hyper-class conscious insecurity, low expectations and anti-commerce loserism and go fish yourself. Or buy a Thermomix. Or a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Or whatever.
Or better yet, come to the East End and help me finish this boat. I’ll even pay you. And when we’re done, we’ll take her for a sail! It’ll be fun!
Above: MON TIKI as of April 16, 2012