Hubby’s project: Part 1

Today was a Red Letter Day insomuch as Hubby’s project had her maiden voyage.

SWMBO has a new outfit and is now Pirate of the Lake, complete with eye patch, pistol and cutlass.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Hubby started his project some considerable while ago, but when it all started coming together, it was a whirlwind of activity in the spare bedroom accompanied by the occasional swear word, clattering, banging and then stony silence.
His pride and joy started out as plans downloaded from the internet and then modified to scale. I lost a roll of grease proof paper from the kitchen for tracing purposes, and stood quietly by as he discovered the reason why things originally didn’t line up was because the scales were different on what he had downloaded, even though they were from the same site!

Using ply and balsa wood, he cut, shaped and molded things together, then ordered the rudder,  propeller shaft and a second battery. Ballast consisted of inconspicuous visits to the beach with a few plastic bags and a rucksack. We discovered that a 500ml bottle of shower gel was the perfect weight to match to.
this was the end of part one.
There followed fibre glassing, cab building, painting, varnishing, and then rudder and propeller shaft assembly before the test drive in the bath

She needed a little more ballast as the second battery had to be removed because of required tweaking of propeller shaft, so an internal shufty was called for, and Love a Duck was almost ready and a second bon bath voyage.
There is a story attached to The Duck.
This duck is the same one that accompanied us to the hotel for our Silver Wedding Anniversary and my 60th birthday celebration in 2016. My wish had been to have a bath with loads of bubbles and a rubber duck. MSM provided the bubble bath and looked after Maggie for us for the night.

Today was the great day and Launch!!!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to Hubby’s project: Part 1

  1. Your hubby is a gifted crafter. Good for him.

  2. Sadje says:

    It looks great. A very professional looking job.

  3. murisopsis says:

    Congrats! Was there a champagne bottle across the bow?

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