This story is not only about boatbuilding. It is about fulfilling a dream! It is dedicated to all those who believe that nothing is impossible...The story of my Tiki 31.
Hello my friend.Oh yes, I know how you feel only, not so much.I bought a boat at about the stage yours is now, a Tiki 31 I should add.6 months I thought it would take to finish it, ha. Try 2 years. If I was to do it now I could probably do it in less than 6 months also for a lot less money. Experience is a great teacher.Here are some things I would do differently if I was to do it again.For what it's worth.I wouldn't fill with micro balloons and fair. I would just do the minimal amount of sanding once glassed. Then paint, finished. I reckon I spent 3 months sanding and faring. If you are trying to get pro finished fast, forget it. I have a saying that says "good enough for the bush" which means its integrity is strong, its just a little rough around the edges. And on a boat so what? Especially if it is going to get in the way off floating it or not?Focus on the interior once it is in the water and sailing. I know its more difficult and will take longer but at least you have a boat that's sailing. We found that we spent 95% of awake hours on deck, all our cooking was on deck, dish washing cloths washing ect...I wouldn't paint inside the hull, just leave epoxy.I wasted hours and hours getting the timber decks perfect. after 6 months of sailing who cares? it all looks the same. The decks are really easy to replace, just use cheap (but strong) wood, the lighter the better, you can get some better stuff down the track, or just replace it with drift wood as you go?You got to get your beam mounts right there is no getting around that. I didn't fiber glass mine but I did cut the 3rd beam down to the inner gunwales to give more room inside, that's where I had the chart room.The recession may mean that you have to compromise on some of your standards of finish for the sake of getting the boat in the water. The boat doesn't care as long as you do it with love.You could even just net in between the hulls for now? then you just need to get your hulls and hatches glassed and fixed, quick sand, paint stand your masts up tie some net on and go sailing, or you could sell it on as it is to someone else with that all so dangerous (grin) new enthusiasm, and let it go? No shame in that either.Good wishes to you any way you decide.Cap' Spadgett
Dear Manos!For a couple of years i follow your blog, but there is nothing new on your blog. I hope you didn't give up. I myself am building a 10 m cat similar to your (HAKA story of the catamaran)and know how hart it is sometimes. Hope you will post some new pictures from 2015.Igor