Saturday, June 30, 2007
Tomorrow is launch day. Yep - worked real hard today - everythings ready just have to polish the buttoms on my sea coat. Truth is July One was my goal but it's not like there is any prize for rushing the project. I'm working on the seats. Once that fitted, I can disassemble all the bits I've been making so I can epoxy coat them before I paint it all. So the inside of the cockpit nears paint readyness but not for a few more days, weeks, months but not years.
Uncut seatbox lid fitted to the cabin side with a test hinge in foreground.
Washboard set in its slots. I over sized the cut the space between the seat and the washboard so that water can run down the face of the washboard and drain straight down. I may need to add a rubber flap to keep water from spraying back up.
Seats flipped up to expose the seat boxes. Where the two lids meet on their edge there is a gap. Water that drains here will run into a trough between the storage compartments and then out a drain hole.
One seat up and one seat down. I don't think I'll be putting locks on these. To keep them closed, I'll use a couple of rope loops and hooks on each lid.
Some of the other projects I've been working on are the washboards, one made so far, that I decided to try to make out of one piece of plexiglass. The first one worked out great. I first cut it to width to fit between the hatch coaming. My coaming and hatch are low profile with the coaming at one inch and the hatch at 1.5". I've never met a hatch that truely didn't leak eventually. I have thought about using a small diameter bicycle tube to create a inflatable seal. That might be the trick. Anyway to make the washboard I started with the coaming lip, layed it out and clamped it with a length of metal. Then I heated the plexiglass with a paint stripper and when it was pliable enough bent it to the right angle. I repeated this with the second bend where it goes down the face of the cabin. This bend was harder to achieve. Once the angles were right, I layed out its tapered shape and then cut it on my table saw. It's cool having this piece as a single unit.
The cockpit is now rough finished on the inside. I need to give it a good sand and then a final coat if necessary. Then it's primer and paint. Since I'm using Easypoxy paint I may skip the primer as Easypoxy goes down well directly over the epoxy.
As I've been working in the cockpit, I've discovered the truth about the motor well. It's a big hole where things bounce to and then fall though. It's not so big a problem when the motor is in the down position but it is a real problem when the motor is tipped up. I have some left over scraps of tramp fabric so I'll make a snap on cover for the opening to lessen this problem. I don't need to be adding to the garbage that's floating about the oceans of the world.
Standing rigging - $250
Fitting the one piece cabin washboard
Finishing the epoxy in the cockpit.
The motor well. This is a big hole where things will roll and be lost. I'm going to make up a cover out of trampoline material so it can still drain.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
I'm not going to rush the repair of the failed paint. After yesterday's all day sanding marathon, I don't want to do that again. Today I did a test sand of the new epoxy on the cockpit bottom and then a paint test there and on several spots on the beams. They all where dry within several hours. This is good. It means that I can move ahead with my project. Tomorrow is a rest day. Actually it's party day. Wee haw!!! We've invited seventy or so friends over for a beginning of the summer party. Schools out so there will be kids messing with stuff and a crowd of adults. I expect the house to be trashed by the end of the night.
The problem - paint that won't cure!
The harsh chemicals.
Stripped ready to be sanded.
Recoated with epoxy.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Water level bow
Water level stern.
Failed paint main beam
Failed paint bow of H1
I've been working on lots of things as the photos below show. I now have sewn both trampolines. I'll put the grommets in the one that I finished last night today then do some detail hand sewing on both tramps. I've finished detailing the tillers and tiller bar though I still need to add the connection points. Last night I gave them the first coat of clear coat epoxy. I hope to give them atleast three coats before I varnish or paint them. I made them out of oak. They are stout, perhaps too stout. I think you could use them to pry a grounded monohull off the rocks. Oh well like I said before, the retrofit has begun.
The big deal news is that I started painting. I still need to locate the water line, which is this mornings task but I've given the topsides their first coat down to the lower edge of the upper side panel. The beams are coated one side and the mast has one coat too. Yes the mast is black. My goal is still to paint the black on white graphic of two waves chasing each other on the boat. There are details to still figure out like does the inside get the same graphic or is it just white. It is all very exciting. One bummer is that I have spots this morning where the paint, Pettit Easypoxy, is still quite uncured while the rest (most of it) is touch dry. Anyone have experience with this? I hope it cures up today otherwise I'll be figuring out how to strip it off. That will be a mess.
The rear tramp and my 50 year old Phaff 322 sewing machine.
Stuff from my trips to the chandlery.
Paint is nice.
The tillers take on a shine.
Where do you spray paint a 26 foot long stick black when all else around is white? On your garage roof of course! My neighbor helped me get it up there.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Yesterday started out gray and cold so I worked on a trampoline indoors. Today looks more promising. Atleast there is morning sun. On the hulls it's all about getting them ready to paint. But where to stop the topside paint and start the bottom paint. I'm struggling to figure out where the waterline goes. I've sprayed a couple of gallons of primer onto the hulls and other exterior bits so I feel like the hulls are paint ready but you can always fix one more spot. Where I've done touch up it needs to cure so do I wait until everything has sat foe three days or so. Or do I avoid the fresh spots? If the weather looks ok today, I'll do a test paint, something that hasn't seen fresh primer since last week like the gaff and the main hatches. I'm using Pettit Easypoxy on the outside. I've had good luck with it in the past but I'm starting to get tired of using all these chemicals and of making all the dust that sanding creates. It is not a very clean world. I want to be floating on the sea tranquil or not, not throwing up clouds of dust and fumes.
Last night I mounted the last of the interior hatches. I moved the hatch from the foredeck compartment, right ahead of the cabin, inside. The less penetrations through the exterior the better and frankly this compartment is too deep to be practically accessed from the deck for my liking. You have to stand on your head to get to the bottom. If I was to do it again I'd split it into an upper and lower area with a plywood intermediate deck. The way I'll deal with this now will be a cargo net so I can have heavy stores below and light stuff above. Having built cockpit seat boxes I've gained over 400 liters of storage space so it is not storage I lack. I suppose that in the future I can foam the deep part of the vee in the forward storage area and then fit in deck with a couple of sections of plywood. See now it's not only maintenance I'm thinking about it's retrofit! A boat is never done.......
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Using a skateboard to move the tramp fabric past the sewing machine.
Tramp fabric with edge webbing ready for final fold. Note cut away corners in fabric to reduce the number of layers.
Excelon hinge material available through Tap Plastics.
Stitched on rudder.
Smooth cockpit bottom.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
The work on the cockpit continues. I plan on finishing the underside including paint before i flip it over again to finish the interior. I glass the bottom today. It should be sandable tomorrow. I'll sand and fair it in the morning, then hopefully sand it by the end of the day so it is ready for primer and then paint. It will be sometime next week for the primer to cure which will be when I paint it. In the third photo I show a detail I added. It is a 2x2 with holes in it through which I'llfeed a line. This is an emergency feature in case of a capsize. Some where to hang onto or lash things to. Let's hope it never is required.
I didn't continue priming of the hulls and components today. Instead I touched up rough spots on the hulls or areas where the seams in the glass showed. I don't know how much of this work I'll do. It's somewhat vanity work. It has no real function. Everything is bomber. So this is vanity work. In the process of doing this work today, I made my first batch of wrongly mixed fairing compound. This I had to scrape off as it wasn't going to cure. What a pain! I'm glad I hadn't made that mistake before.
Monkey face plate.
Cockpit bottom glassed.
Added manline 2x2 on cockpit bottom.
Faired glass seam.