And so have a dozen variants of my most recent plan.
The original plan...or as far back as I can currently remember as original...was that I would spend a little time researching good welders and perhaps a good fiberglass person to help me construct a hard top bimini to replace my soft top. Oh wait, that wasn't the original...the original variant was that I would find someone over a year ago to construct one for me...so I guess this is the original version of the latest attempt of this plan. All I need is to find a decent welder, some space to work, and a helping hand (preferably with more glass experience than I have). Depending on what I could find, I could alter the plan for the top to suit the ability levels and would still be happy with the result.
I knew of a welder in St. Augustine who was good. I knew that the marina I've stayed at in Palm Coast has another property that is a boat storage and place to work. I even knew of a couple people who know a lot about glass, and I hoped I could bounce a few ideas off of them and maybe even beg for help if it became necessary. After arriving, I found that the storage space was reported to be having some theft problems and the welder had unfortunately had a stroke and the family was selling off the business at auction. So, I guess that idea wouldn't work.
Then I figured I could look for a yard in the Chesapeake where I could execute the above plan. I mean, there are a lot of boats up there and a lot of craftsman that build them too. How hard could it be? Well, unfortunately much of the Chesapeake seems to have missed the memo on the popularity of catamarans and don't have the ability to accommodate a boat that is over 21 foot wide. Every time I seemed to locate one piece of the puzzle, I failed to find the others. There is a dock at a yard, but they won't let me do the work, over there is a yard that will let me do the work but they don't have a dock I can fit at. And my favorite was a dock with work space, and they only wanted double the rent that I'm paying where I'm staying now and they really didn't want me doing fiberglass work because it is too messy for their yard.
|Nation's Capitol...some repair required|
|LOTS of driving.|
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