Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Yard Sailing, fresh paint, and new wheels for Jimmy

I have found that being flexible with my goals is required for avoiding frustration, and keeping my Jimmy Skiff ™ project moving forward. When I closed my last post (almost a month ago), I said that I would finish the sail and write about that process next. I also hoped to have this update within a few days of my last post. What is it they say about, "The best laid plans..."?

So, here is what I did accomplish during the past month: Sand, paint, sand, paint, sand, paint, sand, varnish, sand, varnish, sand... You get the idea. Oh yeah, I also found a boat dolly that I really like, and bought it from the Kittery Trading Post in Kittery, Maine. This makes moving the boat much easier, and now I don't have to wait until an unsuspecting passerby can be called upon.

The boat dolly is marketed by Pacific Outdoors, a division of Pacific Cycle (the company that now owns Schwinn). It is rated for 300 pounds, which is more than double the weight of the Jimmy Skiff ™. It easily rolls over uneven terrain, and is quick to set-up and take-down. It attaches to the hull with a single nylon strap.

After sanding the primer, I painted the interior with two coats of Pettit Easypoxy Sandtone 3518, and then added Interlux Intergrip texture material to the paint for a third coat on the floor of the hull.

I actually did get more done than I am showing here, but we will save that for the next post. I will add more posts soon, so check back for more details and pictures.

3 comments:

All Blog Spots said...

nice blog

clancy said...

I read the comment you left on J Dillons thread on the WBF and felt a pang of guilt for all of those times I have visited someone's personal site and just lurked anonymously.
Now since you did such a great job on your boat I'm going to be up all night reading the entire saga.

Ron Paro said...

Thanks Clancy! I hope that you enjoyed reading and viewing the rest of the blog. I will continue posting new entries as I complete the sail and launch, so if you like what you see, be sure to check back! - Ron