While at the ACBS Symposium at The Antique Boat Center last month a conversation at dinner took over the dinner. I tossed out on the table a question. Would it be possible to do a complete bottom job in a weekend? I will give that it could be a holiday weekend. So we are talking 3 days…Now hold on here.. I am talking a real utility or something. Not a plywood boat like a cavalier. We are talking planks… Can it be done? If Chip Foose can do an entire car in a week, surely we could figure out the “Weekend Bottom Job”! Now, hold out ..and wipe the coffee you just spit onto the computer screen off.. I never said that you could not have pre production.. or 10 folks ready to go. And yes, I am talking about some frames… Can it be done? Boat is flipped on Saturday morning at 12:01 and 36 hours later. Its floating. AND SAFE! The bottom line here is this. Regardless of the challenge, the simple act of this project will teach us all ways to speed the process up. And thus make quality bottom jobs a more realistic option of folks that can’t afford the 1000 hr job. Maybe we can learn new methods and ways to prep for such jobs. Is it even possible to add more guys to the job? Some say, to many folks makes it harder? IS there a efficiency expert out there in Woody Boaterville that wants to tackle the challenge of creating a formula with some real smart wood workers.. An army of restorers to gather in one spot to do this? All the wood would be in place. All the parts ready. Does 3M need to come up with a quicker method that works? So.. The floor is yours.. Comment away, its all part of the process.. We are going to try this. Are you in?
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