Shortly after our last post, we met with our carpenter to review the installation schedule, only to find that his projected costs had somehow left out a number of steps that we'd counted on, including the installation and finishing of the carpentry in the boat! Not sure how you bid a project and leave out the installation, but now our antennae were raised. Now he wanted additional amounts to really finish the job. So we pressed a bit more to obtain a final cost commitment, and at the same time began looking for another carpentry firm to take over in case we ran into a dead-end. What a surprise to find when we walked into DoveTail's shop, that they were already working on our project! It seems that our carpenter had taken on another (apparently more lucrative) job, and subbed ours out without telling us! The good news was that they were already familiar with the project and their work is the work we'd been seeing all along. The bad news was that they were unaware of the schedule. (There's that word again...) When all was straightened out, we found ourselves several weeks behind where we need to be to make a late September launch date.
Our sights are now tentatively set on bringing XYZZY to the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show at the end of October, which means a mid-October launch date. Stay tuned on this; I refuse to use the word "schedule" in conjunction with this plan. Oh yes, "plan" is another word to avoid when discussing sailing :) .
We did a test raising of the mast and rigging on July 7th; here are some of the photos from that day:
|Riggers from Mack arrive right on time!|
|Our mast and roller-furling boom|
|Where do all these lines go??|
Everything went very well and the riggers from Mack Sails completed all of their preparations for a later, final mast-raising without issue. It seemed too good to be true. It was; a few days later, with the mast safely tucked away along the yard fence, Dennis decided to measure it. (He has had a burning desire to know the eventual height of the boat off the water since Day One, to reassure himself that we'll be able to navigate under the 65' fixed bridges of the ICW without a problem. To accomplish this, we had ordered the mast to be 54' tall.) Guess what? The mast was NOT 54' feet; it was 59'! It had been ordered through Mack from Selden, in France, and somewhere along the way the height detail was lost, and they made it the "standard" Fusion 40 height. Fortunately, we realized it now, and not when we were approaching the first bridge, so we were able to have them trim it by 4 feet and bring it within acceptable range. Another bullet dodged. But after a few of these, you begin to wonder about what you don't know or haven't thought of, and confidence gets shaken (at least mine did).
Since the majority of the labor-intensive fairing, fiberglassing, sanding, buffing, polishing has been completed, now the biggest challenge is to manage the vendors who are arriving to install their portion of the project. Each sub-project requires the right parts, the right completed materials, and often, the right weather to proceed. There is a daily dance of readjusting what will happen next and who will be working at the yard as we deal with rain, mis-delivered parts, unavailable parts, etc. Watching this from our vantage point can be frustrating, and we've learned to sharpen our meditation skills, to achieve a degree of equanimity about the situation! But bit by bit, the whole comes together from the pieces, and as fewer and fewer puzzle pieces are left on the table, the way forward becomes clearer and more certain. (As my kids will tell you, I've never been much of a puzzle person; just don't have the patience!)
Here are some pics of recent progress:
|Front salon windows|
|Hull Windows and Rub Rail|
|Salon Windows from Inside|
|Bamboo Veneer being Installed|
|Hatches and Headliner Preparation Inside|
|Hatches from Outside|
|Targa Bar Goes Back On Permanently - Last Piece of the Kit|
|Deck Hardware Being Mounted|
|Installing Sail Tracks|
|Cork Flooring Gets Installed|
|Cork with Grout - Master Bath|
|Salon Flooring Being Installed|
|Cockpit and Helm Station|
|Handrails along Sugar Scoops|
|Stanchions for Lifelines|
|Laying out Helm Station|
|Guest Bath Sink & Cabinet Door|
In the coming weeks, we will be finishing the interior, exterior, systems and rigging, getting ready for a launch date. Did I say "plan"? Nope! But the tentative date is October 9th or 10th, so if you're in the area, let us know and we'll tell you when the show begins.
|What a View!|