Time, space, and money.
What else do you need in boat building? That’s really it. If you are missing any one of those things, you’re basically sunk, although limitations in any of those three assets is where creativity is born.
Time: This is my department (read: bane of my existence). I have a perfect amount of space and sufficient money for the types of boats I build. What I can’t seem to find enough of is time. I have been building boats for over 10 years and I can probably count on one hand the number of times that I actually spent an entire day building a boat. It is typically an hour or two jammed into a week wherever I can. I have 3 kids under 8, and they really don’t care what Daddy wants to do with his time.
My solution to the time crisis is to segment the work. I will run down to my basement here and there to complete small tasks and I will split larger tasks into smaller ones wherever possible. For example, I recently sanded the epoxy on the kayak with my trusty DeWalt Random Orbit Sander. It is a task that takes about an hour. An hour, I don’t seem to have, but 20 minutes can always be found. So I sanded the bottom in three 20-minute sessions. The way I see it is that I can either wait until I have a free hour (which could be weeks) or I can take advantage of the 20 – 30 minute blocks as they come.
If I have a larger task such as fiberglassing the hull, it simply has to wait until I can string together a couple of hours. I inform my wife a couple days ahead of time and tell her that it is a process that simply cannot be stopped in the middle. Then she knows that I am unavailable for anything during that time. When the opportunity presents itself, I am in the clear for 2- 3 hours. That block usually includes a small chunk of the next day’s morning hours, but so be it.
To be continued…
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