She will be ready to float as soon as the inner varnish has dried. I still need a paddle and some warm weather, but I hope to get her on the water in the next couple of weeks at the most.
At a rough count it has taken 37 hours to build. Quite a lot of that time spent pondering. So quite a quick project. It would have gone much faster if I had been working in a warm time of the year. The resin as slow to spread because it was so cold. But I have still to see if she is water tight. And I still need that proverbial paddle before I risk going up any creeks.
12 May 2013
6 May 2013
|Fog blowing in over Brownsea Island|
Spent some time sailing just jib and mizzen, just for the peace and quiet. The motor well blanking plate does work, but it is such a fiddle to get it in place I think I will revert to the plastic strips again next year. Spent the last hour tacking against wind and tide. Made steady progress, but you can't risk missing a single tack, you are right back where yo started if you do.
5 May 2013
4 May 2013
Outside I cut and fitted the supports for one end deck and then cut and stapled some linen over the end. Applied one coat of resin, of which I have very little left. Trimmed the cloth around the stem, but very hard to cut it neatly. I just need to complete the other deck, screw on the gunwale strips and the building is finished. But quite a lot of varnishing then needed inside and out to protect the resin and hopefully make it fully watertight.