Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring 2019 Update...

I did get some work done over the winter. Windows are installed and all the deck hardware is in place. Toilet and fresh water plumbing is done and I have started the wiring.

Galley pump is installed. Sink and stovetop are dry fitted until wiring underneath
is completed. Black rectangle at bottom is a Blue Sea electrical breaker panel.
Main battery switch is to the left.

Outboard is a Tohatsu 5hp with alternator. It will stow in this deck locker (with
tiller underneath) when not in use.

The pop top  in the raised position

Last Thursday was an exciting day, the mast was raised for the first time. Alex and Joe from Ballard Sails installed the standing rigging and lifelines and measured for sails. On hand to help were Eric Jolley and Simon Miles.

Evan Walker fabricated the aluminum A frame which stabilizes the mast during raising.
 A line thru a block at the top of the A frame leads forward and attaches to the mast just below
  the lower spreaders. The other end of the line goes aft to another block and then to a winch.
When not in use, the A frame will live on the trailer.
The base of the mast is bolted to the tabernacle

Friday, September 14, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Into The Light of Day...

Finally the boat is ready to move out of the shop. The building jig was raised enough to slide a furniture moving dolly under each corner to move the boat out to the large door of the shop. A chain fall was rigged at the door to lift the bow and a hydraulic hoist was positioned at the stern.


My friend Russ McComb was a great help 

The boat was lifted enough to remove the building jig.

The trailer was rolled under the boat and the boat was lowered onto the trailer.

Cockpit and deck will be painted with International Perfection Med white. Here is coat one
of three in the cockpit rolled on and tipped with a brush by Eric Jolley. Bluish tinge is from tarp above.
This is the keel trunk deck plate with 3 coats of Perfection
and Kiwi Grip no skid

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.