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Finally under sail

Sat 10 December 2011


Got there eventually. A nice force 3-4 on the only water within 400km of us and at last I managed to get out on the water.

Generally she handled rather nicely - definitely better with the jib and the mast raked back but not too bad under just the main. Need …

Shiny new trailer

Fri 01 July 2011


Probably worth more than the boat but I couldn't find a decent (or even roadworthy) second hand one - very nice to tow though and the winch is going to make retrieval a cinch.

Have got the required number of coats of varnish onto all the thwarts and other bits so …

Square peg in a round hole

Wed 16 February 2011

Unfortunately anything other than BC structural ply is considered exotic in Mildura so I did a quick dash to Adelaide where they understood what I was after, but still didn't have it in stock :(

In order to save another trip I had a look round one of the timber yards …

Well that didn't work

Wed 21 July 2010

Construction Gallery

So much for more regular postings!

Unfortunately with a new kid everything has gone on hold again and the poor thing is sat alone in the shed again(the boat, not the child).

I did manage to get the outside painted around Christmas so she is looking much more like …

Off the jig

Sat 20 September 2008

In the mad final push to get the boat ready to move I forgot to take any more photos, but here it is finally popped off. A little rough and ready at the moment but looks like it will clean up nicely...

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Mid strakes - first fit

Thu 30 March 2006


It has taken the best part of two days to get them shaped but they are fitting nicely now. A little more careful adjusting and they two can be epoxied. Am glad that the entire boat only requires 6 planks - am sure they could be cut quicker but I'm too …

Garboards in place

Tue 28 March 2006

garboards_1 garboards_2 ...and epoxied - no moving them now! Still, now I've planed back the edges flush with the bottom they are looking pretty good. A few mill here and there may need to be fudged before the next planks go on but generally I'm happy. I light of the showers have splashed …

Rain stops play

Thu 15 September 2005


Last day of my work-holiday and its raining. Still, managed to get the bevels of the bottom pretty much done and ready to accept the garboards. Have a couple of free weekends coming up so can hopefully get those on in the next few weeks.

The backbone

Wed 14 September 2005


The 18mm bottom expansion and transom are now epoxied in place - hopefully permanently! Have started beveling the edges ready to receive the garboards but it is taking a while to get them right. Am discovering that it is the preparation in this project that takes the time - if all the …

The Jig

Mon 12 September 2005


After much measuring, checking, re-measuring, re-checking etc I think the jig is now about as close to being correct as it is going to be. Ended up going for a hybrid of the plans suggested jig and that of my book. Is great to be able to put my curvy …

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