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Cold weather not stopping the progress !

February 3 2007 at 3:19 AM

Paul  (Premier Login FEfinaticP)

Response to * Update on the 20' fiberglass Sea Skiff project (an "almost Commander")

The temporary cocoon we built hastily this fall, is proving to be quite valuable. Since we didn't really plan on buying the boat, and it sort of fell into place, we didn't have a place to properly store it on the short term (that will be taken care of this next season with a proper structure ~ new boat shop and storage facility here on the ranch !) My work shop presently has a 1974 TVR 2500M and a 1956 17' speedboat. My two barns are full of mower decks and an old Bronco awaiting some TLC. Therefore we put up a quick and efficient cocoon to get us thorugh the wet and cold season. This structure (if you can call it that) will be dismantled in the very near future (we're already tired of looking at it, but we sure like the shelter it provides). I don't think one drop of water has gotten in, everything seems to drain nicely, and I have it anchored down to the lifting rings with straps, lol, to keep it from blowing away!

This is what it looked like Friday morning on my way to work.

I have an electric radiator heater inside, and when the sun is out the combination is really very comfortable. It has allowed us to work on the boat at any time we want to, and this will thankfully allow us to get her in the water in the springtime.

Here are a couple of views from under the covers, before work began. Right now the boat looks like a bomb hit, all apart, and there are pieces and parts all over the country being chromed, etc. I'm anxiously awaiting the restored instruments !

Weather permitting, I can work at night too. Since most of the work is localized inside the hull, things seem to work well. Stay tuned !

Regards, Paul

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