Author archives: Greyfalcon

  • 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[...]
  • 33. Is there anybody out there?

  • It would seem that there is radio silence from all my myriad of readers. Not a word, where are you all? Well, who cares, I am having some fun!  The last couple of weeks have been all about sanding. I have had the bottom of the boat to sand and fair which has been a bit challenging but quite good [...]
  • 32. It's official. I'm an epoxy nerd!

  • It has taken me a while to really understand this stuff but now   ...  Having completed the fibreglassing of the bottom and begun to understand that I have to cover the entire bottom in yet another coat of epoxy with filler  ...  and that's the easy bit  ...  have you seen how much sanding there is [...]
  • 30. What a difference a day makes!

  • So here it is looking very shiny after three coats of epoxy. Mark decided it would be better to completely cover the boat first. Tomorrow we will be putting two coats of fibreglass on it up to the waterline. The hardener goes off very quickly but cures  rather slowly and today we were plagued by bad[...]
  • 29. Take a good look!

  • ...  as this is the last time you will see it like this. Yes, this is it, folks. The hull gets fibreglassed this weekend. The whole thig is sanded and faired to within a millimetre of it's life and I think looks pretty good. All edges softened and the waterline will go on tomorrow before Mark gets t[...]
  • 28. Hull covered

  • Well, the good news of the week is that the hull is finally covered with sapele. The last bit took 24 clamps and a lot of patience to get right. I am really pleased with it, a big psychological breakthrough.  Now I have the unenviable task of fairing and 'longboarding' the whole hull for fibr[...]
  • 27. It's been a while

  • Time has been taken up with 'extracurricular' events but I have now been back in the studio for a few days and I am nearly finished with the bottom and sides covering with sapele.  And I hope you agree that it is looking quite good. I have shaped up the 'barrel' end  which is almost identical one si[...]
  • 26. Just some updates.

  • I have been trying to get the boat to the point where it can be fibreglassed and turned over. I would have liked to have turned it over before I left for the annual NZ trip but  .... Below are pictures of the finished engine/gearbox mounts. 10mm mild steel, I think it should cope!  They will be f[...]