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By The Skipper:


Making progress on the boat at last.  The weather is improving and we were able to get the second forward bulkhead glassed in.  The main bulkhead is on the boat and needs just a little final fitting before we glass it in.  Soon as it stops raining...
All of the athwartship bulkheads and dividers, the V-berth deck for the bunk and the locker faces are finished and ready to install as soon as the main bulkhead is in. The foam for the mattress is on the way so we will soon have a place to sleep on the boat.  We are working from the bow aft, building our sleeping quarters first.  With only two weeks left house sitting that has to be our priority but it was always the plan.
Also waiting on the main bulkhead is our carpenter, Andy, who will fabricate the sapele main beam and upright supports as well as the white oak counter tops and furniture for the main cabin.
I have started on the wiring.  It is turning out to be a bigger job than I originally hoped...of course. I will have to replace the battery cables due to lots of corrosion on the ends. The new breaker panel is being fabricated in Seattle and I am revising my wiring plan. We can't run the conduit forward until the main bulkhead is in. The main bulkhead is the key to everything.  We can't afford to screw it up so we will wait for a dry day. 
While I am waiting for dryer weather to finish the main bulkhead, I am looking at the engine control and cables.  All need to be replaced.  Also added to the replace list is the Racor fuel filter.  I will get that done while access is easy.
You can see how the cost of the project has grown.  While not out of reach, it is getting to be a bit of a stretch.  We are going to have to generate some additional income or dip into our emergency fund.

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