Friday, March 11, 2016

Hello Global Warming

Yesterday was a busy one!  I woke up to the was howling out there.  Looked int the front yard and saw this:

That's not MY trailer.  It's the neighbour's.  Luckily no damage.

So I thought I better go check on Autarkia and discovered this:

Well, no damage to the boat but the hoarding was toast.  Anyway, all the planking is done at this point.  I just have some screws to remove and a day spent with the power plane, router and belt sander and she'll be ready to fiberglass.  So I just cleaned everything up and tarped the hull for now.  Game plan being devised...

I'll probably just tarp/untarp as the work progresses.  We'll see...

Anyway we just got Internet back this morning so I'm catching up.


  1. Same in Florida for me when building our 37 footer. Each tropical storm I'd take the tarps off the shed and wrap the boat then redeploy afterwards. Fun times......

  2. Well it could have been worse and happened before I got this far. Might be able to live with it tarping and untarping. We'll have to see what the weather wants to do. If we are easing out of the winter monsoons I could be o.k. Worst case, I build another hoarding if I can't fiberglass in the open. This windstorm was a bad one though. A lady was killed when a tree hit her house in Port Moody not far from here. Very sad.

  3. Very happy that there was no damage to your boat. Still, a pain in the ass and a delay. Like there's not enough challenges already, right? On the bright side, you even have something instructional to offer during disasters (this post). What a trooper!

    The exact same thing has been on my mind as I plan for ways to approach a build. I expect to confront that extreme weather scenario while building in the S.E. US, but in B.C.? Times, they are a changin'. Ah, but I'm sure it's all your imagination ... climate change is a hoax, right? It was likely a rampaging herd of raccoons hit your boat. ;-)

    In lieu of launching into a diatribe, which this subject tends to cause in me, I'll compromise and just offer a story. I was reading a good book a few years ago: "Mistakes Were Made (but not by _me_)" by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson (2007). Excellent overview of cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, etc. Very readable.

    In any case, there was one example about a cult. As I recall, after years of preparation, the cult goes to the mountaintop on the appointed day to await the certain end of the world that night. Well, as odd as it sounds, the celestial saviors didn't show up in the celestial school buses to pick them up. Next day, instead of people coming to their senses, and defecting in droves, they, with the help of their undaunted "leader", convince themselves that they just didn't deserve a pick-up this time around. They decided that they obviously need to go home and try harder ... to stick their heads even further into the sand.

    Whoever said "real life is stranger than fiction" was on to something. And it would be even funnier if it weren't for the fact that we're all being dragged into the abyss together -- willing and unwilling alike.*

    Looking forward to another boat project progress report.


    (* - This comment sponsored by the millions of species who had no input and will have no ability to affect the outcome)

  4. Thanks Yoda. I've lived in BC now for 25 years and never saw a winter like this. Absolutely no snow at all. We never got a lot but we always got some. At least the mountains are fairly well laden this year and that bodes well for the reservoirs. But in general we are not faring too badly here, unlike the east. Another nasty winter for them and it seems to be the trend now.

    As for the project: Still deciding whether to rebuild the hoarding. We are supposed to be getting a good stretch of warm sunny weather next week...I could get a lot done.

    1. Dang.

      But I'd recommend the rebuild! As soon as the weather warms, close tarping will likely induce a mold bloom.

      If nothing else, I like Bob's idea of mostly up, and down as necessary.

      One tip I've heard is to leave large openings in the ends or sides, to avoid pressure surges that tear things up. I was skeptical, at first, but our chain of embarrassingly flimsy sheds have held up through thick and thin.

      Yours was considerably more substantial than ours... Could also just be luck o' the draw.

      Dave Z

  5. Well, we have another high wind warning in for today. Coming up from Oregon they say. That blue tarp is a real cheapy...probably will get blown to shreds anyway, so some kind of stronger shelter is in the works for this week for sure. Since winter is over and I don't think that there is a risk of snow now, I'll do some sort of canopy to shed the rain and then leave it open all around.

    There is not much more work to take place at that location though. Once the bottom is glassed and painted, right side up she goes and then home to the driveway where I'll canopy it over there for completion. I'm super anxious to get to that point!