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I do so admire the skills of my fellow builders, and enjoy sharing their successes. But what about their failures? Is it only me who makes stupid mistakes? I once spent time craftng a perfect scarf joint on a stringer only to cut it off to length on the wrong side of the bulkhead, leaving it too short! Or there was the time I tried to start the jammed blade of a circular saw by flicking it with my thumb. It took weeks for the wounds to heal.
Matters came to a head yesterday which really question my competence. While moving the backbone of my Tiki 38, I heard a loud crack from around the notch for bulkhead 6. The idiot that I am has nearly broken my boat in two! I plan to pour epoxy into the crack, brace it somehow, and hope for the best.
So come on everyone, 'fess up and make me feel better about myself. What is the most stupid thing you have done while building your boat?

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I am surprised that no one has confessed that their biggest failure was building a boat in the first place...

That's mine.   Could have bought any number of used, excellent boats for less than the cost of the plywood.


 
Budget Boater said:

I am surprised that no one has confessed that their biggest failure was building a boat in the first place...

I m so glad, my Idea was just to build a " small " Boat, but I must confess I will not doing it again. 

So my  mistake was: I build the Rudder-head to the wrong side. I notice this 2 years after building in the moment I start fixing them.

I turned them now.

Maybe the real big mistake was to start building in a carport with no possibility to heat. That delays a lot.


Budget Boater said:

I am surprised that no one has confessed that their biggest failure was building a boat in the first place...

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