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  1. #911
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    It's a spa town. Long Italian name I can't remember now. Between Pisa and Florence.

    Take a look at the floor tiles.

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    Mind-blowing stuff Phil! When I zoom in every single tile looks a bit different and the shapes change too! Who ever has done this did a wonderful job, thank you heaps for posting it!!!

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    Sooooo ... seems it always takes a while with me till the obvious tickles in. Again I've got to thank Phil. And this time also my neighbour who, exactly the moment I climbed my ladder determined to start my combined varnish-paint-job stopped me and said "why don't you do it in Epoxy?"

    "Pling" it made and I realized this is the only solution, simple and easy too. Especially as it's inside, no UV trouble, and with the thin lams (hopefully) no expansion-problems with cracking etc.. So I did it in Epoxy.

    Today was preparing the next bit. I had glued some Kamballa together (with Collano Semparoc) to fill the gap between the knee and the outer edge of the transom-frame. With a big audience as everyone wanted to have a look at this piece before it gets hidden forever. No idea how many times I took it out again because someone asked me if he might have a look at it :-D!

    I know it took me a tremendous amount of time to make it. Rumar's solution with a formed piece of steel would have been much much faster, or, for those fortunates who have, a crook with the right dimensions. Boatbuilding is not something on the fast side I learned, and one needs a hugge amount of patience from time to time, apparently. As it happened the slow pace allowed me to sort out some things of my life I needed to get sorted for a long time, so it turned into a win-win situation. Still a few distractions to deal with but most of it under control. And, as it is now, it's been and still is a lot of fun too!!!



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    Wow Dody - I think you need a plexiglass transom to show that knee off! Lovely.
    - Chris

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    I agree with Chris! that is something worth showing off!
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    Nice work Dody, you should be well stoked with that job, to coin a phrase.

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    Hihiiii, thank you all, plexiglass, what an idea!!! Well, it would add a lot of light in the aftcabin and might provide some awesome views from time to time - breaking monster-waves for example will provide us watchers with whole new insights! And imagine if I should install a bunk in the aftcabin and then anchor in one of those mindblowing scenic bays at the playground of Amazon-Jim in Alaska, waking up with a view like this the moment you open your eyes without even having to move a finger, imagine this!!!

    Well, I'm sure someone will invent a technique and/or materials to do something similar in the near future, and I love the idea, but I also love the idea to get her back in the water one day and sail off.

    A few more days and I've got to go to Spain to catch up with my parents for a couple of weeks and also sort out something else. Mr. Max the cat will be in charge in my absence, so there is quite a few preparations waiting to be done. I don't expect a "home alone" situation ŕ la Kevin at all, but who knows? I managed to get Alec to free up some more space in my workshop, so some stuff has to be moved from the boat. My car is in the garage for oilchange and a new clutch. And then there is still this huge black & white cat I call Yoshi who would love to take over, constantly freaking out little Mr. Max ...
    I can't stand schedules, especially when they are tight. The plan is now to get the preparations all done and then make use of whatever time will be left for Tonga before I've got to leave. Right now I'd rather stay and get on with the job, but we can't always do what we want and it will be nice to see my parents again. I think it's 1.5 years since we've seen each other. Mum had a bit of a health issue and I got a little alarmed when my dad mentioned it could be the last time. Luckily this all got sorted and she's up and running again - well, that's what they say, who knows? I remember them telling me a year later that my uncle had died, because they didn't want to worry me at the time and I was too far away anyway. So, what should I believe? I'll find out soon I guess.
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    I have not dug out my old photos, but a FB friend did post some old pictures. Heres one from Penich, how i remember it on my first visit, before the beach dissappeared. I have to add a link to his FB page as i cant "grab" the photo. All rights reserved to Emmanual Berque.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...j9c2CoM9jtpSuo

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