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  • 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[...]
  • 9. I love sanding and epoxy !!!!!

  • This post covers quite a lot of activity (all is relative). Having already epoxied the ribs, I have now cut in and glued the 'keel' which is really just two pieces of timber joining the ribs together.. I managed to use every clamp I had but it all went together easily. Now for the sanding it into sh[...]
  • 8. Beginning to look like a boat?

  • After a couple of stupid mistakes last week it is at least beginning to look like it might one day be a boat. The mistakes were, of course, very stupid and all about not reading the plans properly, although when it comes to accuracy I was way off track. Until Michael (from the yard ...  not Scotland[...]
  • 7. Engine decided on

  • After hours of research I have decided to go back to an internal combustion engine.  The electric route was outragously expensive so has fallen by the wayside.  Instead I have gone for the engine that I think most people have chosen, the Mercruiser 4.3 litre V6. It looks like good value for money an[...]
  • Tools List

  • Again I just thought it might be a useful list. 1.  Robland NLX 410 combination  (saw, planer thicknesses and spindle moulder) 2.  Axminster dust extractor 3.  Festool Rail Saw TS55 4.  Festool Jig saw 5.  Festool Domino machine DF 500 6.  Festool Sander BS75 7.  Festool Sander [...]