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06-20-2001, 08:00 AM
I made an executive decision yesterday. I'm either going to launch my boat on July 30th or I'm going to cut it in half with a sawzall.

Ed Harrow
06-20-2001, 08:10 AM
Quick, lock up your sawzalls...

Mike Field
06-20-2001, 08:19 AM
Did you notice, Ed, that he craftily didn't tell us which year?

06-20-2001, 08:22 AM
I know how you feel. But..don't rush the last minute details and mess up something. In the throes to complete by a certain date you might compromise some of the previous hard work.

06-20-2001, 09:29 AM
Actually Ed I was going to use this as an excuse to buy my own sawzall.

Good observation Mike, I left that out on purpose. But since you caught me I'll commit to 2001.

I hear what your saying Paul, but its only a 15' boat and I hardly have anything left to do - only the CB trunk, midship thwart, mast step, breast hooks, thwart/deck knees, floor boards, spars, oars, rudder, finishing, Sailrite sails, and miscellaneous fitting-out; how can I miss?

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06-20-2001, 10:12 AM
Casem, I am also shooting for a July 3oth launch date...July 4th was unrealistic. I thought I was down to the short rows but then I started making a list to complete my Haven.
Varnish spars, install gooseneck, install gaff jaws, install bulkhead cleats, install coaming clips, install jam cleats, screw down cb caps and install swival jam cleat, install all spar fittings, touch up around tiller opening in transom,install mast partner, cut tenon opening in mast step, set boat on trailer, install measure and cut standing rigging, swage rigging, hang sails, etc........maybe. I'm taking a couple of weeks off to work full time on this stuff.

Ed Harrow
06-20-2001, 10:27 AM
Casem, ya gotta sabre saw? Course ya do, what kinda boat buildin guy wouldn't have one; just feed it some steroids and it'll do anything a sawzall'd do. Cheaper to feed, too.

Paul Frederiksen
06-20-2001, 06:32 PM

I was getting delusions of launching this summer too until I made the list. Mine is not much longer than yours. I finally made a concious decision to plan for an early spring launch in 2002. This way I will not feel rushed. A while back a local event asked if they could use my boat as a prop. I agreed becasue it is a gathering of rather wealthy guys who like to throw money around and I fancied that I might get a bit of boat business on the side. The problem was that I felt the boat needed to be at a certain level of finish for such occaion and only had ten days to get it there. During those ten days I was rushed and dissatisified with my direction and quality of work. It is nice to not have to push harder than your skill level allows. Unless you are working for someone else there is really nothing to be gained from arbitrary deadlines. Work at a pace that preserves the pleasure of it all and launch when your good and ready. My $.02

Bob Cleek
06-20-2001, 07:19 PM
Chainsaw, definitely a chainsaw... with a 36" bar or so... no point in doing things half way!

06-20-2001, 09:59 PM
Comeoooon you guys,remember doc and his matches(I think it was doc)about a year ago?
I definitely rec.matches at 10 paces,and a six pack of montana black star brew.
Do it at midnight and help provide a catharsis for all of us who have stupidly set a deadline when we knew better.

06-22-2001, 06:28 AM
I was gonna set it on fire but then I realized that if I cut in half, all I would have to do is scarf it back together and it would be as good as new (maybe a couple of inches shorter).

06-22-2001, 07:03 AM
Boatbuilding is like mountain climbing, the last race to the summit is only an infinite part of the experience.

Keep at it with no deadline or pressure to complete. We have enough deadline in our life without self impose one. Working on my boat is a little peace and quiet at the end of the day. What will I do when it is finished?

Mark Van
06-23-2001, 05:27 PM
My boatbuilding project is at the point where it is like the last two minutes of an NBA game...it looks like it is allmost done, but it seems to be taking forever to finish.

06-23-2001, 06:39 PM
When asked when are you going to launch/leave/be done/be back - a wise boating friend of ours would reply, "No sooner than _______."

It doesn't change anything, when you're done your done, but changing the emphasis from 'no later than' to 'no earlier than' really seemed to help. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/wink.gif

07-18-2001, 07:56 AM
July 30th is almost here Casem

07-18-2001, 08:48 AM
OK< OK you got this here little old Aussie confused, but I will make you a deal, I will tell you what chooks are if you'll tell me what a "sawzall" is.... PLEASE http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

07-18-2001, 08:58 AM
Sorta like a chainsaw but with a large riciprocating blade. (sorta like an oversized saber saw but the blade sticks out the front)predominately used for sawing frustrating projects in half. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif

Tom Dugan
07-18-2001, 08:58 AM
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07-18-2001, 08:59 AM
Its lilke a jigsaw on steroids with the blade inline with the motor. Cuts through stuff often faster than you wish


Bruce Hooke
07-18-2001, 09:03 AM
'Sawzall' is a brand of reciprocating saw, but no matter what the brand most people here just call them 'sawzalls'. It's basically a powerful electric version of a keyhole saw but you can get blades that cut wood, metal, and who knows what else. They are great for demolition work because you can just slice through whatever wood, nails, wires (you did remember to turn the power off, right? http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif), water lines, etc. are in the way.

If your still puzzled go to:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00002247C/qid=995464893/sr =2-1/ref=aps_sr_th_1_1/103-8793960-0091830 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00002247C/qid=995464893/sr=2-1/ref=aps_sr_th_1_1/103-8793960-0091830)
for a picture of one...

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07-18-2001, 12:20 PM
Originally posted by Boyd:
July 30th is almost here Casem

Thanks for the reminder Boyd. I think I might go cut it half now. That way I'll have alot more free time over the next twelve days.

Ross Faneuf
07-18-2001, 01:36 PM
Thank you thank you thank you everybody. And here I thought I was the only one with a late launch because of all the stuff I still have to do on Ceol Mor. It's SOOO nice to know I have company. I'm hoping for around or just after the end of the month as well. At least, I hope to have the boat hauled to the master electrician's yard at the point for more wiring, followed by a launch.

I've done a few things over since last year's launch; moved a stanchion each side to put the boarding gate in a useful place, rerun bilge thruhulls so they don't syphon back, fixed this and that. In software we call it debugging; what is it in boatbuilding, delousing?

Take heart and don't reach for that Sawzall. I have that feeling every year or so too.

Rich VanValkenburg
07-18-2001, 02:00 PM
Ten years ago I told my wife we'd just replace the deck on Sonja and launch late next year. I think we'll finally get in next week, but I'm like the rest of you with arm-long lists of to-do's.

Years ago my Dad sawed up a ply speedboat he built after my Mother chewed him up about 'that d***ed boat'. Had to hurt him bad and he only had a hand saw to do it. If you do it, do what Mr. Cleek says, USE THE CHAINSAW! Get it over quick.

Jack C
07-18-2001, 03:08 PM
My project is awaiting the sail from the sailmaker. After it shows up, I've only a few things to do before splash down.

Sometime in August, I'm thinkin'.

I've used some of my extra time to start on the next project http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/wink.gif .