OK what does TT Autumn Dream mean? TT is a nautical term relating to the dinghy (tender) for a boat. So in this case it means Tender To MV Autumn Dream. This is our SUV that supports getting us and stuff out to the big boat Autumn Dream. Looking at the photo above you can see that she is in need of some love. TT Autumn Dream is a 8 foot Dyer Dinghy. She is a real work horse that we use to schlep water/ fuel/ food/us to and from the big boat.
So now that it is off season I have moved her into basement to do a complete rebuild. In the photo above I have started to remove the center thwart (seat to my landlubber friends). In the following photos you can see more and more stuff removed. Once all stuff removed that can be unscrewed, unbolted she is then ready for next step. The next step is to strip the paint off the non-removable aft seat, and to sand off any residual silicon sealant that in on the fiberglass hull. I’ll let some photos show you want I have accomplished
Now next step in reconstruction is that I have decided to re-enforce the transom (back end of the boat) to be able to handle a 2 horsepower Honda outboard. The following photos show the re-enforcing board that will eventually be epoxied into place. Is this needed? I don’t think so but better to be safe than sorry. In order to fit this board took about 2 thousand measurement and 3 thousand cuts. Remember nothing is straight on a boat. You can see the angle from wide to narrow in the photo labeled “Different view“. Plus you need the cut outs for the gunnels and of course the boat get narrower so you need the board to be beveled from back to front for a proper fit. The inserted board needs to fit perfectly so that any stresses exerted by the outboard is spread across the whole transom.
So next step will be to template a spot about one foot back from the bow and then cut a bulkhead board to install in the bow area to re-enforce what use to be supported by a bow thwart that I removed several years ago. This will stiffen the boat and actually make storing supplies for transport easier. Once I have both board cut I will do the epoxy work and install them both at the same time as epoxy is a pain to work with and expensive!
Also this week we had a showing of Autumn Dream to a potential buyer. Time will tell to see if he is interested or not. However as I told him it will not break my heart if she does not sell. As mentioned in the previous blog entry I have a bit of work to do on the old girl this winter, and the other day I found a new project :-). Fortunately it is minor project but will be a pain as it is a boat!