Thursday, January 20, 2011

In the beginning . . .

Before I start building a new boat, I have to carve out my work space in the attic. It's a big open space but a few years back I built a 8x12 platform for my slot car race track. The track was the first thing that had to go as it's right where I plan to build my boat.

In the image below you'll see the track platform being used to store drysuits and other such things. Things certainly look cluttered. Can you see where an 18' boat can be built?

You never know what you'll find when you start cleaning up. I finally found all the pieces of my Colecovision console - including a Donkey Kong cartridge. I might try to get 'er going the weekend. My 13 yr old son seems keen on seeing it work. I'm sure he won't be impressed when compared to his Xbox 360!!

After about an hour of shifting sh!t about, things were starting to look up. I disassembled the slot car track and what a difference. Still lots of stuff to get out of the way!!

Another hour later and I'm almost ready to start building a boat in here. I'll build parallel to the left wall. I'll remove the temporary railing and board over the stair well. I'll set up some saw horses to make a building platform. I plan on draping the area from ceiling to floor in plastic sheeting. I don't want to take up the whole attic space as it's used by others in the family. Notice the drum kit to the right. The attic is also my son's jammin' spot when visiting musicians, a.k.a. his cousins, drop by!!

There are small windows in each end of the attic which is great for ventilation. I have a large hatch that isolates the attic from the rest of the house.

Believe it or not, I can swing an 18' boat and slide it down that stairwell and right out the second story front window. Badda boom badda bing!!

And the sage continues . . .