Monday, October 22, 2012

Towing Vehicle: Acquired

It's been cold.  Wet.  Rainy.  And below 50F. 

The days of epoxying in the Seattle area are dwindling down.  Progress was still made, however. One more thing was crossed off the list of pending boat ownership.

We bought a car! 

(Photo taken while stopped at a stoplight.  Don't worry, I'm not that person.)

A 2001 Subaru H6-VDC,  212HP in an innocuous looking station wagon.  Yeeeesh.   Night and day difference from my 2011 Mazda2 that pulled in a whopping 100hp.   

Speaking of which, that little Mazda was a fantastic city car, she drove like a zippy little go-cart.   I'll miss her pep, as driving the Outback is like driving a greenhouse in comparison. 


10 comments:

  1. Julie Every thing is coming along nicely. I don't know why I didn't use the spoon for the fillets I used a lot of spoons for mixing epoxy. along with forks and knives. My weather has brought epoxying to a close until spring. Keep up the good work. Pete hull 52

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    1. Thank you, Pete!!

      I hear you on the weather, I was hoping that since we had a beautiful long summer, the fall and winter would be equally as mild and pleasant. Nope- our highs have been barely over 50F. Not really ideal for curing epoxy! But at least now I have an excuse to do other things, like tend to my poor, neglected garden and to clean up the shed... wheee! And if I get too antsy waiting around for warmer weather, I'll start shaping the rudder.

      Good luck with your build, Pete! Thanks for your comment- hope you'll give the spoon method a try. :)

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  2. I used tongue depressors and sometimes popsicle sticks (depending on the size of the fillet I wanted). The straight edge works great for removing the excess epoxy so no masking tape is required.

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    1. Nice, Joel! I attempted the popsicle stick method without any luck. I'll have to give it another shot. :)

      I've sworn off masking the fillets as well- it just ended up as extra work and once I got the hang of how the fillet stuff behaves, it's just so much easier fillet without it.

      BTW, thanks for giving my brother all the pointers on the Welsford designs. :) He's been having a blast figuring out which boat to go with- I'm so excited to see him build one!

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  3. Nice. I really do like Mazda's although you'll definitely need more power when you're pulling a boat along!

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    1. Me too! It was a great little car while we had it. :)

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  4. Hey Julie, what's building up there? Is it too cold already for the epoxy to cure? Have you found an inside place to build?

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    1. Hello Rik!

      I have a few options to continue Rio's build over the winter, but I've decided to use this time to focus on other things instead of pushing through the cold and/or moving her at this point. :)

      Yeah, it's too cold, at least for epoxy work. Today the high is supposed to be a balmy 49F.

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  5. Hi Julie! I thought you were of to the other side of the pond... Good to hear you had a blast on the water.
    Good for you to take a break from building. Hope you have something else exciting to do...
    Stay warm,
    Rik

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  6. I hope the Subaru isn't as cursed as the Mazda!

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