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  • 52. Launch at last!

  • Tuesday the 15th of September 2020, five years and 6 months from the start of this mammoth project the hull of the Grey Falcon finally touched water. The really helpful guys at the Queenford Lake at Dorchester-on-Thames let me loose on their water-skiing waters on a blissfully warm day in the suns[...]
  • 51. Super shiny

  • The Grey Falcon has now been painted. I say painted as it is not lacquer but the same paint as the blue on the bottom but with no colour pigment. Michael (of the yard) sprayed it a few days ago and when done it looked weird, but after a few more days of drying it has settled down and looks great. A[...]
  • 50. Birth of the boat

  • Well, that is what it felt like, watching the Grey Falcon coming out of the workshop. Yes, I know, it was a breach birth (it came out backwards!). What a day though. I moved the machinery around the room to accomodate the boat which was on dolly wheels. George the crane man arrived with his ‘sma[...]
  • 49. Lots has happened.

  • It’s been a long time since the last post in December, Shelley and I were locked down in New Zealand until June 2020, we were supposed to leave in March! so no building happened until we returned. There were three boat shows that I was looking forward to displaying the Grey Falcon at, but they were[...]
  • 48. Small update from December

  • I should have posted this back in December but ... I glued the bow planking down and part-sanded it as well as beginning the fairing process for the bow from chine to deck. There is lots more to do but it may not get done for a while courtesy of Coronavirus. The windscreen fittings arrived fro[...]
  • 47. Another brief update.

  • I have had a chance to start the decking and, whilst it is not glued in place, it does look good enough to post! It will be glued later this week and then I can start on the stern decking. I like the contrast between the cabin floor and the decking. It's going to need a lot of fairing but when supe[...]
  • 46. A small update.

  • I was hoping to have had all but the finishing touches done before this year's trip to NZ but events have hindered that. I have had to have an operation to remove my cancerous prostate. It has not only stopped the boat building but also delayed our trip down under. However, before medics stoppe[...]
  • 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[...]