Needed to do something with the boat despite it is still under cover so I decided to leather the oar locks. My oar locks are galvanized steel so they wear quite a lot on the oar leathers, so now I will have leather rubbing on leather instead.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
My boat is built out of birch ply, this is quite common in Scandinavia, I have seen boats being both 10 and 20 years (and maybe even 30) old built out of birch ply. Some of them in great shape and some of them in horrible condition. An example from Finland here (http://koti.kapsi.fi/~hvartial/white/white.htm).
Most people nowadays would never build out of birch since it is rot prone, but in my opinion if you find good quality ply and do a proper surface treatment there should be very little problems. My boat is glassed on the bottom and garboard, the rest of the outside is coated with three layers of laminating epoxy (more flexible than glueing epoxy) and painted with two part polyurethane paint, the inside is also painted with the same paint.
Last week I found a few pieces of ply in my yard, they have been there for about a year and a half, through sunshine, rain, sleet, snow and ice..... They have turned grey but I see no problems with the wood, tried to pull the ply's apart with my hands but was not able to....
Good enough for me!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
It seems there are more people thinking about tents this winter, Osbert in Scotland has some great ideas on his blog (http://forthsailoar.osbert.org). He also started a thread (http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?166273-Sprayhood-tent-hoops-from-ply) on the WoodenBoat forum where I found some inspiration from Yeadon (post #33). So I decided to do another mock-up.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The first snow came yesterday, very late this year, so we spent some time outdoors.
Another thing that came is the canvas for the tent, not time for sewing yet but I assumed that the price would be lower in the middle of winter (not sure if that is correct).
The fabric is the same as I used for the boat cover, acrylic, same as sunbrella but a lot cheaper. Probably not the best but so far the cover has kept the rain out of the boat so I figure it is good enough.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Finished the tent mockup, now I am confident it will work in reality. A few details such as the attachment to the masts etc need to be worked out when we do it for real. In the pictures the zippered tent flaps at the ends are missing, to fiddly to make in 1:10 scale (so another thing to figure out in real size).
The actual stitching of the tent will have to wait until 'Xiao Feng' is unwrapped in the spring.
Friday, January 3, 2014
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
In the meantime I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!