A Threefold Cord

It was too hot and we were too old. But we kept on task, even past the appointed time, until the day's work was successfully done.
As we were working in the sweltering shop, I couldn't help but think of Solomon's wise observation about the value of three men united in task and conviction.

"And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken." - Ecclesiastes 4:12

Consequently, yesterday's progress on the boat, Hope For Haiti, was great. The deck scuppers were both shaped and fiberglassed. The majority of the tab work under the foredeck was completed. And the last of the gunwale glass work was finished.

Having extra help is not only beneficial to the project, it is amazingly encouraging.
Thank you, Chester and Larry!

National Drill a Hole in the Side of a Boat Day

I guess there is not really a day set aside for people to drill a hole in the side of their boat. And that is a good thing. Because, when we do such things, we need to be careful about where we drill them.

The purpose of a scupper drain is to let out any rain and ocean spray that splashes into the boat. Naturally, we want the scupper to be located at the lowest place on the deck when the boat is leveled to its waterline. Our boat is set up level to the waterline, which is determined by a lot of math and a little bit of guess work.

My project today was to layout and begin cutting the scuppers. I got the first one cut and shaped, it will be lined with a custom shaped "pipe" made of fiberglass. (More on that in future updates.)

My ultra high-tech super-duper formula to locate the lowest spot on the deck, is simply to toss a ping-pong ball into the boat. It rolls to the low spot and I lay out the scupper there. (How's that for an expert trick?)