Monday, December 5, 2016

Some inside work...

Sanding, painting, and final epoxy coating of the overhead is easier to do while the boat is upside down.

Additional glass reinforcing and fillets were added to the overhead
while upside down. Backing plates for deck hardware were also glued
in.  An example of the backing plates is shown above.  These were
fabricated from 0.125 inch G10 garolite.  All surfaces were sanded 
to prepare for paint and final epoxy coating.

Keel trunk

Paint application procedures were tested on a forward panel.  The triangular
  shaped object is the port forward stantion support which was fabricated with
  high density foam covered with multiple layers of carbon cloth.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Fairing is finally complete...

Almost done here.  A last coat of clear epoxy has been applied.
A layer of InterProtect 2000E gray epoxy primer covers the entire hull

An additional layer of InterProtect white epoxy primer has been added to the underwater
part of the hull up to the boot top, about 4 inches above the design water line.

This trailer will be modified with a "shoe" for the lead keel bulb and cradles which will be
built by taking "splashes" off of the hull while it is still upside down.

Monday, March 14, 2016


Fairing - "Referring to the shape of a vessel’s hull, smooth and flawless, with one curve flowing into the next one smoothly and with beauty, having no bumps or bulges or imperfections of line or construction which catch the eye."

Fairing is turning out to be a very long process.

Here is Simon Miles doing his magic.

The bob stay attaches to the hull here

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Friends and family helped me roll the boat over to gain access to the bottom of the hull.  The boat was suspended from the ends and was lifted with come-alongs.

The boat was first lifted so that the building jig could be pulled out

Many hands were necessary to stow the building jig out of the way.

Bow lifting point

Safety lines were rigged to catch the boat in case
of failure of the lifting points 

The moment of truth as the hull just clears the supporting beam

Home free

This plug goes in the motor well when under sail
Two layers of 80mm wide glass taping are added
to the chines in preparation for fairing

bottom view of motor well plug in place

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


The gudgeons on this boat are carbon plates that are bonded in with carbon cloth.  The cassette and rudder will attach to the gudgeons with stainless pins.

The upper gudgeon plate is glued to the traveler beam and a fillet has been added.
Three layers of 200 g carbon cloth have been wrapped around the gudgeon and the traveler beam

This is the inside of the lower gudgeon.  A wooden wedge sits under the carbon plate.  Thickened epoxy filler is added all around so the carbon cloth goes over smoothly with no sharp edges. 

A 7/8" rod aligns the gudgeons before the lower is glued into the boat.

Here the lower gudgeon is glued and a fillet has been added

Inside of the lower with carbon cloth.

Outside of lower with carbon cloth.

Friday, February 20, 2015