Monday, April 21, 2014


Happy with today, despite a disrupted start dealing with things that have nothing to do with the boat.

 YAY!  This thing is looking more and  Glued and stapled in the last panels of the deck today.
The last couple of panels going into place


The panels are cut for the center opening, but will have to wait until I get the wiring in place.  There will also be two opening hatches (for winter fishing, sweeping, escape in case of pirates, etc etc.) fore and aft, which will be framed in manana.

Okay, I'm happy.  We're back on schedule despite my hand, the weather, and a buncha other stuff.

Today we also received two really amazing lanterns from W.T. Kirkman, heavy galvanized steel cold blast lanterns with hoods, about 15-20 candlepower each, potentially 1200 btu or so, and 27 hours of burn time on a fill.  These will live on the front deck in summer and indoors in winter.  I was really impressed with the quality, and the great customer service we got from these guys.  You can check them out at  They also sell Dietz lanterns, Aladdin lanterns (which are as bright as a 50 watt incandescent bulb) and more.  Good people to know if you're going off grid.

One of our lovely new lanterns.  The wine bottle is for size comparison (honest %=)  ).  These are BIG guys, solidly made, with shade and a post mount adapter.

So tomorrow, we get rain (again) in the afternoon.  Ill spend the morning fetching our very last wood order to finish the deck house.

....soon, friends....soon....

BTW I fixed the glitch in the comments section to make it easier for everybody to post comments.  Don't have to login to do so.  Please let us know what you think.

Oh and many thanks to Brian Lowe at for telling folks about us.  I love this community sometimes. :)



  1. Kirkman lanterns rock.

  2. MAN do I wanna do this. Thanks for the info.

  3. Thanks, Don--this looks like a fascinating build! I look forward to following.