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  • 22. Lots happening.

  • This has been a couple of very busy weeks. We are about to undergo a new bathroom at home so I have tried to spend a lot of time at the studio. The important news is that the engine arrives within two weeks. I have built a rig where we can set it up with its drive train and fully test it before i[...]
  • 21. Someting to say.

  • At last I have something to say so here is an update. I seems that I have not done very much but, I have finished (but for a corner or two) the second layer of ply to the sides, and I have started the second layer to the bottom, and I have sourced a gearbox on Ebay which I had to get from Anglese[...]
  • 20. 2016 Time to get a wiggle on!

  • We arrived back in the UK at the end of March and I, being re-inspired, went straight up to the studio. The first thing to do was lift the boat off the ground. At 67 I find the bending and stretching difficult, not to mention the scrabbling around on the ground and trying to sand or cut a bit.  S[...]
  • 19. Taking a break in New Zealand

  • Every year my wife and I avoid the UK winter and go to our house in Waiheke Island, New Zealand. We stay usually for 3-4 months before venturing back to the cooler UK spring. It is beautiful here, about 22-32 degrees Celsius and we relax on our deck or on out Haines Hunter 535 fizz boat. Whil[...]
  • 18. Taking shape

  • As the title says the GreyFalcon is taking shape, albeit a bit slowly. I have had a lot of distractions over the last couple of weeks. I had to stop everything to make a new gate for my house in Oxford and I had to have a huge tree chopped down, all these things take time. Unfortunately it will not [...]
  • 17. The shape of things to come.

  • Today is the last day of painting the frame with epoxy. 7 of the 8 sections are done and look great, a nice thick coat on those surfaces that would be hard to get to when the boat is covered.  So now the joyful task of covering the frame begins. So here are some pictures of the frame, which just [...]
  • 16. Big Mistake!

  • ...... 'read the instructions' it said on the tin! This epoxy looks so easy to handle, but .... You need to read about and understand this stuff. It seems that for just bonding two surfaces together it is pretty easy, but now try a coating over wood and it turns into another kind of beast.  My st[...]
  • 15. This boat is going to be the death of me!!!

  • Sanding, sanding, sanding  ...  and yet more sanding. I estimate about five full days of sanding and that is just to get it up to the point where I can coat the interior of the shell with epoxy. I have used nearly a whole box of 30 circular grit discs and about 40 triangular for the 90mm sander, a f[...]
  • 14. Where art meets science.

  • After a week in Holland I came back very refreshed. Holland is fabulous. We drove over in my Aston Martin DB9 Volante, and apart from the torrential rain  ...   we started off at a car museum in The Hague called the Louwman. It houses an amazing collection of antique, vintage and post modernist cars[...]
  • 13. Progress report

  • Lots of progress this week mostly due to my new found American friend David Miller.  We met David and his wife Mona at the Henley Wooden Boat Show a few weeks back and David was keen to have a look at the boat build. I did not realise that he wanted to participate and as he is an engineer by profess[...]
  • 11. Build continues

  • Not much to report, but started the 'chine logs'.  I hate to think how much sanding is going to be needed. Two days on and the Chine Logs are fixed. It took a lot of effort to bend and twist the timber into place but with the help of my faithful neighbour Michael we managed it. I then moved on[...]