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16 September 2014


Now and again, when I feel things aren't progressing, I remind myself that not long ago, the boat looked like that:

An empty shelter
Now, it looks like this:
There is a boat in there

 There are times where proper boat joints are the easiest to make and use. Reminds me I am after all a proper boat builder!


We are now mid September. The weather will  soon be too cold for the epoxy to work as it should. That means that I won't be able to fibreglass the cabin top as I had planned. The shelter I use has been up nearly two years and was not designed to stay up that long in all weather. It is now leaking quite a lot when it rains. Therefore, I am now planning to  use aluminium sheets to cover the top of the cabin. I have made a couple of samples, one being a piece of aluminium glued to a piece of 1/2" ply with gorilla glue.  It does not look like its going to move. So I think this is what I am going to do.
Unusual covering for a boat of course, but I can see many advantages. Pretty bombproof weather wise. No more expensive than glass fibre and epoxy. I can use gorilla glue down to 4 degrees so that gives me an extended building period. There will no need for painting. Not now or at any time. Aluminum is very corrosion resistant. I know aluminium and wood expand and contract at different rates, But our summers never get that hot anyway, and a good part of this roof will be covered with solar panels in any case.
Sample aluminium border. The batten underneath will still need glass to protect it.
I'd like to introduce my constant boat building companion, best apprentice! and best friend. This is Jack our English Bull Terrier. Full of patience, particularly if I have biscuits in my pocket!

15 September 2014

Hey,I am back...

The trouble with posting unfrequently is that I forgot my password. There are been so many over the years that my neurons are getting cross eyed trying to remember which is which. it's either that or I am getting soft in the head!

There has been some progress by not as much as I would have like. Money disappears faster than I can bring it in...

Here are a few pictures. I now have a new camera with a wider lense and a panorama facility. The panoramic photo of the inside is a bit deformed but give a good idea of what it looks like so far. Hopefully progress will resume shortly. The weather is still warm, warm enough for fibre glassing at the moment. When it gets too cold for fibre glassing the outside, it will move inside the hull and work there. The windows can be covered with clear plastic, and when that's done, I can have a small heater in there and work comfortably.

And because I had to try my new camera, there are a few unrelated pictures too!

View of stem. The deck is on, the fairleads are included on the side of the boat.
The fabric looking like peeling skin is the "peel ply"
Panoramic inside view
Waveney class boat race yesterday On Oulton Broad, Suffolk


21 May 2014

Nothing to do with boat building!

Wine making!

This is my first ever batch of home made wine. I want to get into making "wild wines", with as much foraged fruits, flowers, leaves that I'll be able to muster. These 6 bottles are filled with nectar!!! Well, filled with wine made from plums. Not wild ones unfortunately, but cultivated plums. Nevertheless, the wine produced, much to my surprise and delight, is very drinkable. It is somewhat sweet, but dry at the same time, slightly fizzy too. I hope it has finished fermenting, otherwise I might get a few explosions...

This is the first lot. It definitely won't be the last. There are plenty of wild plant's flowers, fruits, leaves that can be foraged and used, even in my neck of the wood. At the very least, I am gaining a enjoyable hobby, and eventually won't have to consume all the chemicals used in commercial wines.