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Pixie remains outdoors and tightly covered
against the weather. Shop space availability,
personal time, and, most importantly, financial
capability remain the factors affecting the eventual
start date of Pixie's rebuilding.
June 4, 2007
Yes, this project will eventually happen.
But for now, I had to
accept the fact that I had neither the time nor
resources to do any immediate work on the boat, and
therefore came to the difficult conclusion that I needed
to move her out of the shop, as I needed the space for
I had her moved back outdoors, where I installed a new
tarp to keep the water out. (Sorry...no photo of
the tarped boat at this time.)
I'm quite anxious to
get going on the project, but until I am truly ready
there's no sense pretending. So stay tuned, and
eventually your--and my--patience will be rewarded.
I'll post status updates as appropriate.
January 19, 2007
I have no progress to report, unfortunately.
This project is turning into a longer proposition than I
originally intended; it's been over two years since I
bought her, but I just haven't had the time to dedicate
to her restoration.
always intended this to be a long-term project, however,
so it's not really a surprise. Lack of progress so
far doesn't mean that things aren't going to get going.
Anyone who knows me knows that I always follow through.
Once I get going, things will start to happen regularly
and quickly. But until I can truly dedicate the
time, money, and resources to the job, I won't do much.
That said, I still hope
to do the basic demolition this winter. Stripping
the boat back to her essence will not only remove the
forlorn appearance, but will also provide inspiration
for her rebuild. A blank canvas is an exciting
Things are still on hold. I've taken the summer
off to build a new house on our property, and all boat
activity is now pending completion of the house later
we moved, all our boxed belongings are stored in the
shop next to and around the boat, which would make any
work impossible regardless of other commitments.
By the winter, the shop will be empty of personal
belongings and demolition work on the boat can begin as
time allows. While I am not making any firm
schedules for this project, I would like to manage to
strip her back to hull and deck over the winter,
removing the fire-damaged interior and preparing for new
work. I'd also like to grind the hull and deck to
remove old paint and prepare for new work.
I realize this site is
growing very slowly. But if you keep coming back,
I promise that eventually there will be work to see!
February 15, 2006
Pixie moves indoors!
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The pupa is back!
year, a friend quipped that the boat looked like a pupa
the way it had been covered. The name stuck, of
So, after a summer
exposed--but during which no work occurred--I recovered
the boat in late October. The plans are to
transport her to the new shop sometime late this year,
but to hedge my bets against early snowstorms and
freezing, I located a derelict old tarp somewhere and
covered the boat--a token, but then there's little that
can hurt the boat in her current condition.
Mainly, I wanted to keep out additional water that might
freeze in the bilge. The garboard drain has been
performing admirably, however.
October 18, 2005
Unfortunately, I have no
progress to report on the boat at this time.
we bought the boat just over a year ago, we didn't
anticipate that we would find--and purchase--an
excellent plot of acreage about an hours' drive away.
Such a property (50 acres, in this case) had been a
longstanding dream for us, so we jumped at an
This shook things up,
as building a new house and larger, improved boat shop
meant that we would not, for the time being, have
resources available for Pixie's restoration.
Therefore, until the new house is complete in 2006, we
don't expect to be working much on Pixie.
That's OK, as she was
always intended to be a long-term project, and we bought
the boat as much to secure a desirable design as
anything. Once the new shop is complete, hopefully
by late 2005, I expect to move the boat there, and place
her inside, where deconstruction work can begin as time
If you're interested in the new shop, please click here.
(Opens in a new
The wind took care of the small forward portion of the
cover, so I decided to finish the job and remove the
remaining cover. I had considered leaving her
covered, but frankly, I wanted to see the boat again, and
was sick of the blue tarp.
Having the boat uncovered
gives me a chance to climb aboard from time to time and
reflect upon the job ahead. The damage inside is
devastating, but things will seem better once I get an
opportunity to begin some demolition, hopefully this
summer. Meantime, a little rain isn't going to hurt
There was lots of
settling, heaving, and other ground motion during the
winter, and I was constantly readjusting the stands.
Now, with the boat open and more room, I decided to
rearrange the stands, reset them on new pads on the ground
(pressure on several had forced the stand bases right
through), and add two additional stands amidships.
The weakened stern quarters had begun to deform under the
after stands, so with the additional set amidships, I
could relieve the pressure safely on the aft stands.
There's no action on the
boat, but I thought this was a pretty shot in the fresh
January 3, 2005
The boat, tentatively renamed Pixie, waits patiently her
turn in the workshop, scheduled for sometime in mid-2005.
She's covered with blue tarps, temporarily hiding the
devastating fire damage from view, if not from my mind.
The tarps manage to accentuate that beautiful sheerline,
There's little chance that any work will begin until much
later in the year; my cover was designed only to keep the
worst of winter weather out of the boat, and there is no
framework or easy means of ingress. And inside the
boat, the scene is even more depressing under the
blue-filtered light of the tarps and amidst the winter's
is never far from my mind. I look forward to getting
started, and soon plan to begin messing about with some
new interior layouts and rough overall project planning. Keep an eye out here for periodic updates
such as this one.
Coming soon: I hope to
post dozens of initial condition photos on this site, more
for archival/historical reference than anything, but any
project junkies out there won't want to miss any of the