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  • 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[...]
  • 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[...]