Our week in review: Workspace set up and keeping track of costs.
The workspace conversion moves along nicely. I have allocated 160 hours for the initial work which should get a usable space that is insulated, has good lighting and some basic ventilation. This will also include a smallish 1.5m long temporary extension to the garage. We are still working on the insulation and are about a 1/3rd of the way through the allocated hours.
I have committed to a 2 step system of keeping track of costs on our CG580 project. The first step is to keep and file every receipt. These get put into an A4 sized clear file folder (sometimes called a display book), you know the ones where each page is a clear plastic pocket that allows you to slip 2 pieces of A4 or legal sized paper back to back in each pocket. I found one with 60 pockets that will let me keep 120 receipts. Quite a lot of receipts are printed on A4 paper and any that are not get stapled to an A4 sheet of paper. I write on every receipt or on the paper it is stapled to what the item or items purchased were used for.
The second part to the system is to update a spread sheet every month or so with the latest purchases. Now, I love spread sheets so mine tend to be fairly in depth. I like to be able to drill down and get fast, clear and accurate answers when it comes to money (and time). Actual costs can be compared to estimates and I note all of the free, repurposed or recycled items as well. This system will make sure that if someone asks us how much it cost to build our Class Globe 5.80, I will not preface my answer with the words 'about' or 'between.'
See our Project Hours blog post for an up to date overview of our build hours.
Husband & wife team building CG580 boat #71. Greg is a qualified professional boat builder, hobby musician & human potential advocate. Leanne is a retail business entrepreneur, kick ass soap maker & sourdough slave. We love adventure!