To Boldly Go

So I rebuilt my garage and had some scrap lumber left over. My younger son asked me to build him a “ship” (more like a cockpit). He wanted to paint a control panel on it.

Why paint one, I said, when we could put working lights on it? The rest is history.

The Daily Grind

Talk about some work. This is about 4-5 hours of grinding work. There’s a ton of paint on this thing. There’s some type of primer coating, a copper based paint on top of that, and a few coats on top of that. There are probably about 10-15 mdft total. I’ve already burned through one wire wheel. Maybe I should think about paint stripper…..

I’m almost tempted to just polish it on the outside. That aluminum sure looks perdy.

You can also see all the junk I pulled out. Into the trash it goes, as I’m not saving it.

Boat Project

I bought this boat about two years ago. I didn’t have it out at all last year due to time constraints. I thought that I’d restore this boat and add some things to make it nice.

Here are the goals.

1) Rip out all old hardware, include chairs since they’re fairly weathered.
2) Rebuild the transom section.
3) Add floors to the back (between the back seat and transom) and to the front for storage/standing places.
4) Repair the back corner that lacks a reinforcing aluminum corner.
5) Add wiring for lights, trolling motor, and bilge pump. Install a switch box/distribution center for it. Add an “outlet” for charging the battery in place (e.g., connect the battery charger to the boat so I don’t have to remove the battery.)
6) Paint it nice and perdy.
7) Add a drain plug and properly weld some holes that are now filled with silicone.
8.) Replace necessary items on the trailer (tires, jack, etc.)

Up first: Ripping out the hardware, seats, and stuff.