Saturday, September 2, 2017

Ten More Days

It's been a while since my last post, but believe me when I say it's been quite the ride!

We sold our home in Illinois within 40 days and then purchased a replacement home before it even hit the market because we decided to turn around in Missouri and drive six hours back to Texas to see it before the masses found out about it the next day. There weren't even pictures up yet, but we were able to see pictures on Google Earth and decided it was worth a shot. After arriving, we met the owners and got a chance to talk to them before the Realtor showed up, so that was a nice change. The housing market here in North Dallas is absolutely CRAZY! It's a miracle we were able to find something close to what we wanted.

We moved here into temporary housing on August 16 and were treated to an eclipse on my first day of work and a Hurricane just a few days later. We'll be taking possession of our new home on September 12 and expect to be completely busy for at least a couple of weeks until we get things situated.

The sellers have been awesome to work with and turned into some good friends.
We really do hate to see them leave the state.

The house sits on 1.7 Acres and has a 30x40 shop.
Which means I'll absolutely need to get a tractor... (right?!)


The shop height is a little lower than optimal, but it's well constructed and has a separate electric meter and 200-Amp service. It'll need to be lengthened a bit when I get time to mess with it, plus I'll need to figure out the best way to insulate it and then install an HVAC system.

In the meantime, here are a few pictures of things:
Our New Home

Large Front Yard with the shop on the side

Packing up the last one third section of the starboard float.
It just cleared the trailer so I had to make sure I didn't take any sharp right hand turns
We used a large piece of plastic to completely wrap the float up in case it rained.
Which turned out to be a really good choice since it absolutely POURED down on us for almost two hours as we entered Missouri.

I also had a heavy truckers tarp that I used to cover the float.

All wrapped up and ready to travel

I'll have to rebuild a new laminating table since this one was part of the deal to the buyer

Just arriving at the house. The seller let me store the float section and trailer at the shop

The front section of the shop already has a roof, so it won't be a really big deal to extend the length of the shop.

First morning in Texas :)

#America's Team!!  :)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Packing up and Moving out...

It's been a while since my last post, but that doesn't mean we haven't been very busy.
To make a long story short, I have accepted a position with State Farm which requires me to move to a new location.
I consider us lucky enough to be leaving the state of Illinois and relocating to Dallas, Texas!
Most of us are VERY happy about this and look forward to starting a new chapter in our lives.

As you might imagine, there has been a flurry of activity around the house.
Rental properties to sell, house to sell, items to get rid of, stuff to throw away.

The starboard float has been cut into thirds, wrapped with stretch wrap and two of the three pieces were shuttled down to Louisiana for storage. Since glass was only on the inside, it should be a relatively simple matter to glue the pieces back together, scarf the butt-joint on the float interior and wrap the exterior with glass.

My official "first day" is August 1, 2017 but I suspect we'll be physically moving a week early.

As for the build itself, I have to honestly say that we might well be looking at the end of the road... The housing market in Dallas, Texas at the moment is nearing insanity. They can't build houses fast enough and the subdivisions keep getting farther away from the job site. Most of those subdivisions have HOA's (as you might imagine) which will deny my request to build another shop. That forces us even further from work and then we start running into problems with commute time.

We plan to visit the area for a "House Hunting" trip soon, but will likely pick up a used travel trailer and set up a temporary housing location in an RV Park. Doing so will allow us to keep our stuff in storage while we roam the countryside looking for suitable accommodations.

More to come, but I'll post an update here every so often while we get ourselves situated.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Boat Building on hold for a bit

Lot's of things going on at the moment not the least of which is Spring cleanup and work that needs to be done around the house.

I'm hoping to get back to business here in a month or so.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Flip and Swing

The original plan was to raise and flip the float half before sliding it over into position along a set of rails or something. But once I got it into the air I realized it would be a simple matter to swing it across the shop just like a monkey swings through trees.

The neat thing is that I was able to do this by myself in a few hours which is always a reward in and of itself. After getting everything in place I spent the next four hours cleaning and organizing the shop.

Next on the list is to get everything lined up to mark the exact location of the other two bulkhead halves. They should line up exactly, but since I wasn't absolutely sure I thought it would be better to wait and get the precise locations marked. Then I need to get the aft section of the float cut to match before gluing the halves together.

Hull half lifted from cradle

Battens and Form frames knocked down

Rotating by hand to invert

Now flipped and resting on some saw horses until I can get things in place for the swing over to the other side of the shop

Ropes set up in the middle of the shop to take up the slack when the pulley's are released.
This is what makes the swing.

Lifting the float half high enough to allow for a swinging action over to the center tables

And just as easy as that, I lowered the hull and it swung right over to the middle of the shop

Resetting the lines for swinging over the other float half

I have no cleats in the shop, so the lines were tied off to the strongbacks

In place and resting on some lumber while I re-group and clean up the shop