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Working on details. Too smoky from the fire to go outside.

 

Ken, the motorized one will be a copy of an Austin 7 Ulster with a 200cc engine...

 

Peace,

Robert

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   Careful, Tiger!  That 200cc motor might have more horsepower than the original.  I still want one, though.

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Hey Robert, I've been off the grid myself lately, getting back to Oz, getting stuff done and dealing with wife's health challenge. Been thinking of you and family and wondering how boat building is going with heat, fire and all.

When we went up to Yosemite the north road was closed due to the fires so we were a bit shocked to see how they spread after we came back, so we sent you a few fire fighters to help out.

Stay on top of the challenges and get that damn boat in the water man!

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Drew,

 

Things have been crazy. The fires are still wreaking havoc with the air, but only because of the Valley. It’s a big bowl where we live that everything blows/pours into.

What really slowed me this summer was the record setting number of days above 100f, which were accompanied by lows in the high 70s low to mid 80s. Not optimal epoxy weather in my, as you well know, oast of a garop. :) I’m not sure there is a slow enough hardener made to work in 90f heat while glassing or fairing.

 

Add some punt adventures, some skiffing, some general rock skipping and bird watching trips to the river, and a daughter becoming increasingly serious about softball, the summer blew by.

 

Of course, my summer started with a lifelong friend’s Memorial Day suicide, then a few days later we lost one of the kid’s lifelong friends to gun violence. I rounded out the summer by losing another long time friend. Yes. Gun....

 

Also, Oldest Son and I embarked on two boat building projects (a wee pram for him and some models. He’s very into olde tyme ships and etc.), The tree house grew, and I started completely over on the pedal car. Seriously. The frame is outside against the garop. I saved the spindles, wheels, and steering wheel blank. Same aesthetic, just a more efficient avenue.

New car will be unibody monocoque stitch and glue plywood with a sheathe of 4oz. :)

 

The Frolic? Well, the foils are really almost done. I think I added the last batch of fairing epoxy gloop to them the other day. I’ll sand in a few days and know for sure. I am cutting off the top of the mainmast and scarphing on a new one, as I decided to NOT use a sheave in a slot.

 

Oh, and sailmaker buddy has begun acquiring materials.

 

She is getting wet this year.

 

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you this summer. Would I could travel down there. One day, eh?

 

Peace,

Robert

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On 8/29/2018 at 9:34 PM, Action Tiger said:

...I’m not sure there is a slow enough hardener made to work in 90f heat while glassing or fairing.

 

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you this summer. Would I could travel down there. One day, eh?

 

90f glassing?  Welcome to North Carolina - Work fast and mix tiny batches. :)

If you're going as far as Canberra you might as well make a stop in Perth.  Canberra's beautiful but Perth has Quokkas (and salt water).  There's a bit of bluegrass happening here, too.

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2 minutes ago, Ken_Potts said:

 

90f glassing?  Welcome to North Carolina - Work fast and mix tiny batches. :)

If you're going as far as Canberra you might as well make a stop in Perth.  Canberra's beautiful but Perth has Quokkas (and salt water).  There's a bit of bluegrass happening here, too.

I ever get down there to Drop Bear Island, I’m going to need to go walkabout and lap the whole darned place.

 

I got friends in all three of the cities, see? :)

 

Honestly, the highest concentration of international internet friends I have is in Australia. It’s wild. And, not one of them lives in the same place. Hahaha.

 

Right now, we’re having optimal glassing weather. 90s (f) during the day, dropping to 60-70s (f) during the night. Right after dusk, when you can feel the temperature drop a bit, that it the perfect time to glass. Without a temperature controlled E.T. prison to glue up stuff in, anyway.

 

Peace,

Robert

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