Thursday, March 29, 2018

Deck Hardware Prep...

All deck hardware is mounted on 1/8" G-10 Garolite plates above and
below the deck. G-10 is a glass-based phenolic that is strong,
stiff, and has high impact and compressive strength. In this photo, the
light green plate under the black organizer is G-10 Garolite.

The running backstays come forward through a tube to a turning block,
then into a clutch and then on to a winch.
The turning block and the clutch are
mounted on a plywood plinth 
to insure the correct angles to feed into the winch.

The plywood plinth is glued to the deck in the proper position.
The plywood plinth is covered with two layers of carbon cloth,
 one layer of glass cloth then vacuum bagged.

Ready for fairing

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Trailer Update...

Eric's son Joe gluing reinforcement to forward trailer bunk.
Forward bunk dry fitted into welded trailer mount. Mounts will be attached to trailer with U bolts
which will allow for some adjustment. After diagonal side braces are added, the metal
parts will be sent off to be hot dip galvanized.

Keel bulb will rest on this plate.

Trailer with all bunks dry mounted. Rear bunks will be separated an additional foot or so.

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Preliminary fit of rudder cassette on boat.
Navigation lights are integrated into bow pulpit.

Mounting plates need to be adjusted so that they are vertical and parallel to centerline of boat.

Simon Miles cuts notches in chainplates with Dremel tool.

Rub rail stock were ripped from sapele wood.  Each rail has three parts with splices cut with hand plane on this jig

Middle section of rub rail is fitted around lower chain plate. Chocks holding rail section were cut from 1" stock and hot glued to hull.

Rub rail splices were glued on bench top.  Complete rail was then glued to boat.

Starboard rub rail glued to boat and alignment chocks removed. Rub rails will be finished bright.
Simon Miles fabricated the main hatch cover using high density foam and carbon cloth.

Rub rails and toe rails installed on boat.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fitting keel into keel trunk...

To fit the keel into the keel trunk in the shop space it was necessary to rotate the boat 90 degrees.
Simon Miles is sanding the lower end of the keel to fit to the trunk

Sliding the keel into the trunk

and out the other side
Keel fully inserted into trunk.  Black part on the keel
is a delrin bearing that fits into a recess at the bottom of the trunk.

Boot top stripe and bottom paint...

The boot top stripe was my introduction to Interlux Perfection.  Russell Brown has a great workbook that details the procedures for applying this paint with rollers.

Boot top stripe - three coats of Perfection

Taping for bottom paint

Three coats of Petit Vivid black bottom paint

Trailer bunks...

While the boat was upside down, trailer bunk "splashes" were taken using the hull for a mold. The first step was to cover the hull with plastic so that nothing would stick to the hull.  Next came a layer of peel ply followed by 3 layers of heavy glass roving

Half inch high density foam was glued over the glass

The outer edges of the foam were rounded and a fillet was added next to the glass

Three more layers of  heavy glass roving are glued over the foam

A pattern for the plywood portion of the bunk

Starboard aft bunk with plywood glued on and a fillet added
Forward trailer bunk lifted off the hull

More inside work...

Painting on overhead and epoxy clear coat almost done