It's a good time in this economy to school up. I've just retired (9/30) so I don't need to learn a job. I'm continuing to complete my boat, I'm the 3rd builder and I've already taken it to the Keys and back, moved to Annapolis area for the last 8 years, hope to be complete and cruise around the Chesapeake as well as go south when winter strikes. Not this winter though, yuck. My boat blog is at kaimusailing on sailblogs.com. I had a website that is no longer supported by the web host, so I was thinking of blogging the pages from that, it was almost like a blog anyway. My next projects are electrical and interior, then maybe haulout in FL next winter to do the SSB "counterpoise".
"the more I learn about boatbuilding.....the realization.....the more I want to learn!!...hahah!!.....vicious cycle!"
Funny you should say that, One of my first mentors to the trade told me "the first thing you'll learn in boat building is that you'll never learn it all. As soon as you think you know everything another technology comes up on the horizon and puts you straight back in the class room, I'm 82 and I'm still learning"
I've been in this trade for over 20 year now and my mentors words were never wrong. I just got my qualification to teach others boat building skills last year and it's one of the first gems I pass on.
I'm in Ireland at the moment and the climate is really poor for composite construction with the recommendations being about 20oC and a moisture level of less than 13% you never get that here. If you try to fabricate that environment your overheads go through the roof! So the only viable boat building here is small craft and I mean 24ft or less. So I'm looking at spending the winters away as the whole boating environment here is strictly seasonal. It's the main reason why I'm building the Pahi 63 in the Philippines. If I were to attempt it in Ireland it would never be worth the building costs.