Author archives: Greyfalcon

  • 45. You should see this!

  • I just thought I would insert a quick update to show you how the cabin is coming along. Hope you like it. The cushions are the exact same colour as the hull paint, selected on purpose of course, together with the pale grey piping as the 'plimsole line' on the hull. Thanks to Sparks Marine Trimm[...]
  • 44. Project update

  • I have not written for a while as I have been hoping to finish the boat and be able to post some shots of the boat on the water, but it is not to be. The finishing is proving to be very fiddly and time consuming. so instead I have decided to upload some 'progress' pictures. Things like my 70th birt[...]
  • 43. So you think I have been idle again.

  • I have been back in the UK for nearly 6 weeks now from an extended NZ summer and rather than drip feed information about the boat build I thought I would wait until there was a significant amount to tell you, so here we go. My aim is to get the boat finished this year and I have done a real push[...]
  • 42. Still lots to do but ...

  • This is a post I should have put up before I left the UK.  Just ahead of leaving, I did manage to install the main timbers that take the eye from the bow right to the stern of the boat. They are very solid pieces of sapele that had to be bent and twisted, albeit very slightly. It was quite a task, u[...]
  • 41. The saddest news

  • The saddest news is the death of our lovely dog, Wagner. He was just short of 14 years old and very arthritic. A few weeks into the summer he showed the first signs of getting wobbly, then he would fall over. It was the saddest thing to see, because although his body was fine, his legs just could no[...]
  • 40. Engineering nearly done.

  • Well, fingers mended so I have tried to get a wiggle on with the engineering. As you know this is not my favourite element of this boat build, but it has to be done and if not to cost a fortune then it is down to me to do it.  I have had help from the very knowledgable Mark Dooley at Lancing Marine [...]
  • 39. Beware the bandsaw bites!

  • I'm taking a few days off to recover from a small incident with the bandsaw. I had just finished making a dining table for some friends (very nice to cut some straight lines!!!!)  and was just cutting some corners to protect the table in transit to the Isle of Wight when  ...   'expletive deleted' .[...]
  • 38. Enjoying some woodwork.

  • The last few days have been a break from the engineering. At the end of last week, whilst waiting to pick up the steering gear and the GRP prop shaft tube etc, I found some time to enjoy a bit of woodwork. I positioned the structural timbers on the bow deck and rough cut the fillers. I then cut and [...]
  • 37. So you think I have been idle?

  • Think again, I have been hard at work. Painted the entire interior of the boat in epoxy bilge/primer paint. Planed and sanded the chine/deck and installed mahogany timber on edge. Took forever to get it accurate and steam the timbers.  Installed deck clamp/chine timbers. This is where the[...]
  • 36. Why does everything take so long?

  • For my myriad of readers who have lived in anticipation of the next addition to the blog   ….   I assure you I have not been idle.  Having returned from New Zealand in late March, I have been busy trying to get the gearbox rebuilt, trying to get the interior of the boat sanded and trying to sourc[...]
  • 35. It's over!

  • On Tuesday we did it. Yep, we turned the boat over. It has taken two years and five months from the start date and I could not be happier.  A huge thank you to James and his brother Iain, Michael, Lubo, Nick Reaston-Brown and Mike Bathurst. Not forgetting Shelley, who dished out the sandwiches, beer[...]
  • 34. It's blue!

  • After waiting the requisite 7 days for the primer to properly harden, my painterly friend, Michael, and I flatted the primed surface and gave the hull it's first coat of paint. It is a lighter blue than I was expecting, the paint code brochure and the can made it look darker, but I am not unhappy (a[...]