Last night we slept aboard for the first time. OK now... don't get too excited. No, we haven't launched Selah without telling you. But we are pleased to let you all know that our girl is now decently clothed and is fully weathertight. To celebrate we rolled up the big tent. It was a momentous … Continue reading Our first night aboard!
Well, Christmas has arrived and we are pleased that the building phase of our ship is now complete. Yes, we are short of our self-imposed schedule but are not disappointed. We have worked solidly to get to this stage, and are well satisfied with our progress. As you can see from the following photos, the … Continue reading Major fabrications complete
Well we are entering our third winter for the build, and it has arrived with typical north-west coast enthusiasm. Westerly fronts are punching through with gale force winds every nine days or so, followed by a period of calmer north easterly winds. These are the conditions Bass Strait is infamous for, and we often marvel … Continue reading Internal Fitout #4
Its been a few weeks since we have posted an update. We took a week off the build for a trip to Kettering to spend time with Pete's mum and dad. Being around to help our parents was one of the reasons we chose to build in Tasmania. Both sets of parents are based here.Two days after celebrating … Continue reading The big top is back on.
Well Selah has survived yet another wild nor'easter since our last post. She certainly has had a baptism of fire in her short life. If nothing else, it has reinforced in us the necessity of building strength into every joint. On the eve of the storm I had considered pulling down the big tarp from the … Continue reading Things we do on a rainy day
Building a boat outside in winter in northern Tas is not for the faint hearted. We have a fire bucket that is surprisingly effective, good quality thermals, and are intentional about keeping each other's spirits up on the occasional dreary day. Also, as I enthusiastically tell Deb on especially frosty mornings, we are joining a long … Continue reading A grandfathers heritage.
Over the past two weeks Tasmania has let us know who's boss, in her own particular way. Sunday before last I woke at 5.30am to the sound of wind and rain. I checked my weather APP and was alarmed to see that we were experiencing 60 kph winds, from the east. Our build site is … Continue reading Rain, floods and big wind.
This morning with some help from family and friends the massive tarp was hoisted in place. Initially we wern't sure how we were going to get the tarp over the 4.5M high frames, but after a suggestion from our sister-in-law Jody, we rolled the tarp into a 13m long "sausage" then simply threw four ropes … Continue reading Shelter done
Today, with the help of my mate Simon and his crane, we started erecting the frames. Slow going at first, and it took all morning to erect two frames. I sent Simon home at lunch, as I realised I had to re-think the process, and did not want to waste his time. I decided to … Continue reading Erecting shelter frames
Now that the container is in place we need to start building a temporary shelter to give a measure of protection for us and the boat. I ordered 16 lengths of 75mm galv tube, and some 30mm for the horizontal braces. The design is based upon shelters used by a number of Easy Cat builders and will be 8m … Continue reading Bending metal