It was the best of posts, it was the worst of posts.

With apologies to Charles Dickens

OK, “worst” may be a little harsh. But it worked with the quote and isn’t that what’s really important?

I say worst because there isn’t a lot of new information here. But it’s best because as of April 7th, we have a complete boat!

The top and hull are glued together much as you might assemble a model of a boat. The adhesive is 3M 5200. If you spread it between any two surfaces, you’d better mean it because you will have to cut them apart.

So far as I know, the only place 5200 is not used is to attach the top of the pilothouse. An adhesive called Sikaflex is used there so that, with some effort, the top can be removed. Why would that be necessary? Perhaps if the engine had to be replaced.

With the help of an overhead lift, the top is positioned over the hull.

There is a lip on the top that fits over the upper edge of the hull. It’s like a lid on a shoebox.

Look carefully at the bow. You can see the “box lid” clearly.

And just like that, we have a boat!

Next: Ètude – What A Mess!


  1. Étude is beautiful! All the details of what goes into the design and construction is simply amazing!

  2. Congratulations on your brand new boat! Your boat is beautiful and the story of it has been so interesting and educational! We’re so happy for you.

  3. Huzzah!!! It is a vessel of great beauty, utility and luxury!
    You will surely already, Matey, be cognizant of the word AVAST on the high seas!
    Not just a virus blocker for us land-lubbing computer pilots, but verily as true naval seaman talk!
    [“Avast hauling!” (meaning, “stop hauling”) is (or was, in 1950) still commonly used in U.S. Navy deck operations. The slang use in imitation of pirate talk is based on a misconstruction of the meaning. If uttered by a historical sailor, the meaning of the sentence “Avast, ye Matey” would have been, “Desist, you novice seamen”.] (Wikipedia)
    I’m not suggesting you’re a novice! Anything but! These are deep waters, indeed. I must avast!
    Don’t get me started on Etudes! Happy Easter! Love, MeB

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