Boxing Clever


Wednesday 18th May 2016

I know, I know; no post since August last year. I went to a school reunion dinner last weekend and all my old school mates were moaning about the paucity of information. So here is a quick update……

Building slowed a bit in the New Year. I started a new part time job after my “sabbatical”, 4 afternoons a week should give me enough pocket money to postpone cashing in the pension for a couple of years. Also my mum died in January; sorting out the estate eats into the build time.

I’m working on the engine/battery boxes at the moment. On the face of it you would think that it is a quick job. Don’t you believe it! To get the requisite ply thickness you have to glue stock together. The task is not helped by the discovery that the plans have errors. I also misread the plans and made them too short, and being a mean bugger I had to scarf a section in, rather than cut them out properly. Added to this each box is the mirror image of the other, with the topsides having a camber to mimic the camber of the crossbeams. I’ve also adapted the lids to make two sun loungers…. all in all it has led to much head scratching and cursing. Still close to finishing now and then I’ll turn my thoughts to making the rudders (which are to be adapted by adding a trim tab for the self-steering).

I’ll promise to increase the frequency of the posts. Furthermore I may join Facebook and give Kira her own page (another idea from old school friends). Watch this space!


4 thoughts on “Boxing Clever”

  1. Hi Adrian
    I found your blog via the Wharram web site which I found interesting because it identified you as a novice boat builder. Same here.

    Then I noticed your comments about GP land and although I’m no doctor, my sister in law is. My partner was a practice manager for many years in Australia and has recently returned to work (someone has to lol) while I enjoy my twilight years dreaming about building a Tiki. I’m afraid I have set my sights somewhat lower – my available shed space will limit me to a 21.

    Curiously, my brother who built many GRP cats in Queensland years ago, just called to say he was considering getting back into the industry. So many coincidences.

    I looked over your many images of the build and congratulations on a fine job. I am so envious.

    I bought the Wharram design book and the study plans for the smaller Tiki. At first I didn’t realise the naked images of girls were drawn by a woman. Then I cottoned on and it all made sense, sort of.

    I would not be too concerned with breaks in your activity or blog writing. It will be alright in the end. I will definitely been checking in to see how you go.

    And … I have my own 40 year school reunion coming up at the end of this year. It would be nice to have some naval building achievements to rave about.

  2. Great to see progress. Looking forward to you joining us. It’s 38degrees today (so far) on the Guadiana River.

  3. Hi! Welcome aboard! Sorry not to have replied sooner, but not checking the blog so frequently. All the best with your proposed build and do keep in touch. If there is anything I can help you with don’t hesitate to ask. Adrian

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