- The TIMS stern power unit is almost ready for her July 1, Canada Day
launch. Still to do in the morning are: attach gussets and cleats,
attach roof, find a motor, attach motor board to transom, paint her
red and white (what other colour scheme would be appropriate for a
Canada Day launch, and get the cap off the truck to I can load the
sucker. She does have 6' 1" headroom, so she won't fit in the Chev
without taking the cap off.
The entire house lifts off, like a truck cap, when not wanted. It
will attach with 4 C-clamps when needed. Well maybe six. The house is
framed with 1 by 2s and skinned with 1/8" mahogany door skins to keep
the superstructure light. The roof will be 1/8"o, so don't even THINK
of walking on it!
My darling Elaine, who also brought me a hot supper at 7 pm EST,
came and rescued me from manic boatbuilding at midnight. Now I'm
showered and shaved, covered in cured PL Premium, that just will NOT
The bow unit is coming along nicely, a bit of a hybrid (but then, so
is the whole concept) she's glued and screwed on 2 by 2 chine logs
for the first 4 feet looking forward from the transom, morphing to
tack and tape epoxy at the stemless bow. I couldn't get 2 by 2s to
take the curve to be chine logs past the second bulkhead from the
transom, so the forward 8 feet will all be epoxy and taped seams.
She'll be stemless. I screwed the bow together with 3 inch screws to
get the fasteners back from the stem. Then I laid in three layers of
FG cloth wetted out with epoxy and a great big fillet of epoxy
thickened with wood flour on the inside of the "stem"
(I gotta' buy shares in West Sys. if I'm gonna' keep doing these
stunts) which I pray will hold when I pull the screws tomorrow
The bottom line: A TIMS Mini Towboat WILL be launched tomorrow,
probably without a mill, as my friend whose hobby is restoring old
motors is away for the holiday. But if the persistant clinging to my
hands of PL is any indicator, the sucker will never leak!
I can't believe that Bolger's boats are called boxes, they should see
mine! PB and F got nothing boxier than a TIMS module!