For most boats you can have any color you want, so long as it’s white.. to paraphrase Henry Ford. When it comes to color…a commercial builder may throw on a decal featuring their brand name along with a blue splash of some sort. Meh. OK. So, white does have advantages, such as keeping the boat relatively cool on a hot Summer’s day, but it is so boring, and for boats such as the Doc Bemer, such thinking is a swirling vortex sucking all creativity into the great abyss. That’s perhaps ever so slightly over-stated, but a boat such as “Doc” simply demands more.
Homebuilders get more creative. Sometimes. Well… even often. I’m not sure what direction I am going, but I’ll use these as inspiration. Please feel free to send me more!
Doc Bemer build, Day Three:
I have a full time job, and then some, as program director of a classical music radio station. I have a home from the late 1940s that needs repairs to something on any given day of the week. My car needs an oil change, the carpet in the living room need needs cleaning. I sleep. I cook. And whenever possible, when time and energy allows, I build boats.
Often that means squeezing in a minute or two of boat building between other responsibilities, and other pleasures, for that matter… and as I write this I get a call that someone forgot to do something at that radio station, so I have to head in. Another 1.5 hours gone. When someone forgets, the boss does it. All of this is to say I can’t always wait for the perfect situation to build boats. For example, when I did the fillets on my boat yesterday it was after a long day at the boat show, and about 18 hours later the epoxy still isn’t totally set. Pretty far from it, actually. This is where I remember seeing something about not using the stuff at temperatures of less than 55. Since yesterday’s high was about 70, I thought I was safe. Apparently not. I’ll head off to work, then come back about midday to see if rising temperatures have worked their magic.
The fillets are setting up fine, and I did add another layer of material to give the fillet just a bit more oomph.
I find that when it comes to building boats I spend half my time looking at what I’ve done with an eye toward my next steps. This is especially so when I am building my own design. There are no directions to follow, so all decisions about order, plywood thickness, and support structure are mine to make. I imagine myself on one of my favorite rivers and think, will I be worried about anything I’ve done? So far, no.
Reminder: This is what I am building.