Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Cleaned her out, rolled up the sails and opened up the hatches. I left the cover on and added a tarp stretched between two 'pillars'. The tarp is mainly a snow cover we will see how well it works.
I launched later than planned and have not had time to sail as much as I would like but I am very happy with my little boat!!! The plans for winter is to get her ready for overnight trips, i.e. a tent, some way of cooking food and a good way of sleeping.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Naturally the footprint is quite different than the old so I will have to modify the trailer a little.
Monday, September 9, 2013
When we were retrieving the boat we found that the winch on the trailer have been worn out (some of the teeth on the winch drum) despite only having been used maybe 10-15 time (rubbish!!!!). So now I need to find a new winch, turning out to be an expensive hobby..... ;)
So today I removed the old winch and measured the footprint to see if I can find a new that does not require me to drill new holes.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I was planning to put a net across the cargo compartment under the foredeck, to keep all my gear in the boat in case of a capsize. But as I had some canvass left from making the cover I decided to use this instead. So this is what I did:
Drew the shape on the fabric
Cut it out
Hemmed the edges and added brass eyelets
Installed it in the boat using hooks and bungy cord (in the picture you can also see that I use the main downhaul as the centerboard uphaul)
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
- She is really fast!!!!
- She is very responsive and fun!!
- The centreboard cap really need a seal! I had to bilge the boat a few times.
- I need to shorten the connection slings for the halyard and downhaul, the way it is now I cannot tighten the downhaul enough. (See pics)
- I need to tighten the out haul on the boom and yard. (See pics)
- Make sure everything is attached (I lost the rudder up haul in the water)
- Keep the push-pull stick in the boat. (She was steering herself nicely so I let go and it fell in the water and ended up trailing the boat pointing aft, a bit of acrobatics on the aft deck to retrieve it ;).
All in all GREAT!
Monday, August 5, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Then we traced the outline of the hull onto the canvas and added some material for the hem, big enough to allow fitting of cleats to the outwale. Final job of the day was to do the actual sewing. Tomorrow we aim to install the cleats.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
It was a lot easier than I feared, I printed out the characters on a piece of paper, taped it to the transom and traced them with a ball point pen. The pen makes is small indent in the transom paint and all I needed to do was to fill in this outline. Instead of using a paint brush (shaky hands) I got a paint marker called 'POSCA', basically a felt tip marker but with paint inside! I heard about people using it to decorate surfboards so why not boats? I will apply a layer of transparent acrylic on top for abrasion resistance.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Now I officially consider her to be finished (only some tweaks remain)!!
And since this is a building blog the update frequency will drop dramatically. Will still update when something big happens, like the cover, the tent (winter project?) and bigger adventures.
Thanks for all the feedback!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Despite virtually no wind she sailed nicely, the sail set better than expected and I had no problems coming about.
So all in all a complete success!!! Next we will try with more wind.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Have sailed in a lot worse but I would like a nice steady calm breeze for the first sail in a boat I have never sailed before. So I decided to leave the rig ashore and go rowing instead. There was a cross breeze on the ramp so there was a little more problem launching compared to last time. The wind was blowing straight into the harbour and the waves built a bit as the water shallowed at the entrance. It was great fun for about 40 minutes then I remembered the cross wind on the ramp and decided to turn back to save some strength for wrangling the boat back on the trailer. Had a great ride back downwind!! As suspected I could not get her straight on the trailer but it turns out she is quite easy to move about on the trailer (light weight and a flat bottom). I had built up quite a sweat when I was done.
Only one pic today since I forgot my phone in the car, so only one taken after the trip.
So while I still have not sailed her I have confirmed she is great to row!!!
Monday, July 15, 2013
So instead I built the boat cover support (it probably has a more technical term) from PVC drain pipes. It will need some adjustments but I have plenty of pipe.
Finally I made the centre board cap (will extend it after sea trials when I know how far the cb will go).
Saturday, July 13, 2013
So I practised reefing, worked fine. I stole the idea from a guy called Max in Germany (there was a post on the Wooden Boat Forum, I will add the link later).
I also discovered that the boomkin interferes withe the rudder which means I can only turn the rudder about 25 degrees. I would like it to be at least 30 degrees so maybe I have to modify the rudder yoke a bit.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Did the last tweaks on the rig and added the reef gear (not fitted yet in the picture).
With a little luck there will be time to get on the water during the weekend otherwise the first sail will be next week.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I got the canvas for the transportation/storage cover, so now I need to figure out how the sewing machine works.
Cut down the oar lock pads an painted them. Painted the boomkin and added the boomkin brackets to the aft deck. Screwed the main downhaul, sheet and mizzed downhaul to the deck. Finally I got to hoist the sails for the first time!!!!!!