The summer is over and the project is now in its tenth month. The sun has gone down
over the hills and the nights are again drawing in.
The wood 'epoxying' stage is over and has come to a satisfactory end and it’s fair
to say I have sweated over but enjoyed the challenge of building a dinghy. I’ve resisted
right from the start to record the overtime spent on this build but it’s massive.
However, I have noted, over the months, that I prepared and stuck in place over 120
separate pieces of wood to arrive at what is now, a rewarding form, which is unmistakably
that of a SigneT.
Despite this, the build is far from over, as the whole carcase has yet to be covered
over and over in epoxy to form a water proofed result. Then two coats of paint (topcoat
over the undercoat) to the bottoms and hull sides. Then the topsides and cockpit
varnished over to finish the coatings.
There is something very nauseating in covering the same ground four or more times
over and over but the hope of a rewarding outcome has so for overcome this feeling
and the accompanying knee and back pain.
Oh yes, I have forgotten to mention that I keep turning over in my mind the irrational
fear that its all going to come unstuck after its launch. The dingy fills with water
and rolls over. I go over the side, leaving me drifting over to the bank with only
my face bobbing in the water like a starboard hand buoy. Then I wake up and realise
- it is not all over!!!!