Saturday, November 17, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
But the row was beautiful.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The centerboard case is being fabricated. Glued it up yesterday together with the handlebars on the centerboard itself. It all fits beautifully. On top of the handle a nicely varnished cap of pine will steal the show.
Next step is to cut a hole in Nemo's bottom. That may hurt a little. I intend to protrude the case and glue it to the bottom with doublers and to the seat panel.
Not sure if more attachment points are necessary to fix the casing in the boat. I am thinking of a triangular or rounded knee flush with the seat to hold the case better in case of lateral forces.
A grounding will be bad for the boat no matter how the case is protected. A dagger-board has that weakness. A rotating centerboard would be better of course but would also take up more boat-space which we do not have in this small vessel. So I have to just be careful approaching the beach (like the old days with the Sunfish) and pull up the dagger-board before it is too late.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Many lessons from this first quick sail.
- She sails quickly due to very little resistance
- The mast seems to be very good as it is.
- The lines used are not good because they stretched, causing the gaff boom to lower, causing the sail to lose its good form. I have to find a good line and add some cleats so there is a place to tighten the line.
- the center point of the sail is too far forward relative to the position of the leeboard, making it very hard to sail close to the wind and tack.
- The leeboard on rope is not handy. I want to tack and just leave the leeboard where is. The boat does not heel so it is not necessary to change the position of the leeboard. A bracket to hold the bracket on two places, maybe such that it can be rotated backwards when needed, like when beaching.
- longer oars are needed, already ordered 7.5' ones, and a manner to fix them when not in use.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
My daughter and I painted the ends of the mast and sprit boom with a oil based primer. The mast did get unthickenened epoxy on the bottom section for abrasion. The centerboard, which was partly fibered, and epoxied on the bottom 3/4 th part, which will be in the water, also was primed with oil based house paint. I am doing these experiments with paint primer and epoxy to learn what will happen in practice. It is much cheaper and easier to use housepaints than the polyurethane paints and since the boat will be on the trailer most of its life, we can do this.
Also a mast collar was fabricated and finished and will be epoxy glued to the deck and painted with oil primer and glossy finish.
Mast step was epoxied again today and will be glue-fitted tomorrow.
Holes will be drilled in mast top and boom to hold sales and snotters tomorrow. The wind is very low thesxe days so I will also make the gunter sail of 45sqft by Saturday.
Pics... naaaah, who wants those?
Monday, October 15, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
She is very small... But for her function as tender, very capable. With three adults, we had no problems with waves. She can carry lots of weight. I forgot boats always look larger on the dry than on the water.
Pics will follow soon.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Assembled the trailer last night so we have means of transportation to the water. Will setup the hitch/ball on the car tonight.
This Friday we are scheduled for the launch of Nemo.
May be an odd day to launch... but “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” (Romans 14:5)
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The bright areas get all the attention now with 3 layers of varnish to protect against our strong UV rays. Deck, mid-ships seat and stern flotation/seat received the first layer.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Basta with the sanding. It is a workboat, a learning project, I want to get on the water! So the first coat of paint was slapped on the interior. The deck was not planned to get varnished but a good section of it was unblemished so I taped a triangle section to varnish it together with the seats. Gives a very nice wooden touch especially with the SS hardware to be mounted.
If I had done what I had read about filling, using a rounded something to fair the corners, all the time, I would have been done much sooner. The stern seat fill on the port side is near perfect. The rest is a good example of poor workmanship. The methods I use to make the fillings were different, trying out what works easiest. The process of filling includes the sanding the next day. This was minimal with the rounded fillings so this is the preferred method (as I was told by many people before).
The starboard gunwhale is smooth while the port gunwhale shows a gap between the inner and outer sections. You can see my learning path on various sections of the boat. I wonder if the still rough areas can be patched with filled epoxy the day I want to attempt cosmetic fixes. Should be possible with some sanding of the paint. That will be another project. First on the water.
The reflective stripe will be attached along the masking tape which gives me a nice baseline. The vinyl name can also be attached to the bow. Getting close...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Fitted the engine on the bracket and it feels strong. The transom does not wiggle at all upon moving and tilting the engine. The forces get sent straight to the entire boat.
Need to fit two small feedstock on the inside hull under the gunwale where the oarlocks go. These are an inch or two longer than the gunwale. This could also be done at a later stage. Some small elastic nets against the inner hull to hold small items will require similar cleatstock to be epoxied to the hull.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I cut a spreader in half so all spots coild be reached easier. The two speader, one in each hand works real well, like when drywalling.
Touched up some sanded spots on the hull with the left over paint. No problems there.
But how can the rounded corners be sanded better? And the 3 plane corners? There must be a secret method because i cannot reach those half inch round corners... Any ideas?
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The lesson is to stick with small batches and be patient with the process. When this project is done I will miss working on it so there is no reason to rush.
I hope the epoxy will be OK after it sets.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Two pieces of 12x6x1/2 were fabricated and glued to the transom to beef up the area where the engine will be mounted.
Will tape the deck to the vertical support panel and tape that panel to the inner hull so that the pulling forces on the deck will be transferred to the hull without pulling off the deck.
Filling the gaps, fairing the taped areas and then painting of the interior can start.
I forgot to sand the transom, which has already been painted before the engine mount enforcement was glued to the transom. So now i am not sure if the will stay put. There will be no particular force on the glued piece since the engine will clamp it to the transom anyway. Just hope it will not fall off.
Friday, March 23, 2012
These purchaes cost a multiple of the boat's materials. But we knew that. She is coming together...
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Lessons learnt today:
1. use blue paint tape along the to be filled areas. Saves time and leaves much neater finish so less sanding.
2. Find out how to get a panel to fit nearly perfect along a not so straight surface of the inside of the hull, filled chines being the culprit
3. Use thicker than the thinnest blue tape for lesson 1. Makes it even easier to fill the corners.
4. Most work is on the interior. After the hull was done, I thought, that's it, I am done, faster than what the designer said, haha! I am such a professional... Yeah right. If it was that easy... 2/3rds of the projecthrs are spent on the interior, and this is a dinghy! It is a peanut... One tenth of any decent sailboat, one hundreth of any small cruiser.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Next is fitting the two seats and the deck and filling all gaps and "fairing" interior surfaces, followed by painting.
The streak on the starboard hull is caused by trying to sand off an epoxy drip out of the outer gunwale. Me walking away from the project after an epoxy job to avoid breathing fumes, also results in these issues. I think I will just fair it a little and repaint.
Started using the 403 filler adhesive filler. It works very easily, spreads nicely, just have to be very careful mixing it because the fibers are very light and will either blow away or jump out of the mixing cup.
Filling all gaps with 410 and adding a fiber tape with unfilled epoxy should beef up the structures plenty. Still quite some work to do before finishing her up.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Bought some Manilla rope since it begged me to pick it up. After looking at all the beautiful wooden boats, some tradtitionally rigged, the brown rope drew my attention. I spliced and eye in it to see if I remembered how to do it. After a few tries the results were satifactory. My future sailboat will have traditional rigging, using traditional materials. I am not gong to build a wooden boat and not use the ropes that look best on it. So some wooden cleats and blocks need to be constructed after Nemo is done (soon).
Friday, March 16, 2012
The vinyl lettering for Nemo from iBoat came in as did the reflective liner. That will put on as last item.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Looked at the Eider design, a new one, of Sam Devlin today... What a beauty. Will it be my next boat? She seems perfect for me. Both to sail and to build next.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Sanding paper 80 sanded the interior hull to prepare it for the next epoxy coating. 8 pumps of both containers in the small bucket, mixing it up for 2 minutes, while dressed in full gear, including full face mask instead of just goggles, organic air filter, tyvex suit, ruber gloves and rubber shoes the job was done smoothly. I looked like a warrior scientist waging war against some virus in my blue tent... Washing up after taking all equipment in reverse order I thought about checking on line how others may have perfected this operation.
Not much to show for today in pix. In the mean time the remainder of epoxy is used to cover the seats and other interior pieces.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Stepped into the shed (without the organic air-filter on) and smelled the strong epoxy damp... better keep the filter on all the time when wet epoxy is around. That stuff is very bad smelling and the filter works very well because I do not smell one thing with it on. At least I now know to recognize it, exhale and get the h..l out from where I am, cross the wind draft.
The hull is nice looking, imho:
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Used my low angle planer a lot and used eye sight mostly. The deck sits about 4 mm higher that the gunwale level. I a thinking about planing an angle on the edges. Everything will be painted with a white paint so filler will be used to round it all out. A rounded deck is my favorite but this 2 footer is just too small to try and make something very fancy. The large cleat is meant for solid anchoring/towing and will be bolted to the deck with bolts and nuts and large washers. The two pieces of rope place holders are meant to prevent chafing as much as possible. Another smaller cleat will be placed at the stern.
All internal segments are fabricated so next is epoxying all surfaces, followed by fitting them in place.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Bought some 4" hatches for the stern seat. 27 kilos bouyancy from the center seat seams enough. Rear seat can store small stuff. Large hatch intended for bow compartment is a problem. The rubber washer comes loose... Worthless this way. Will check if i can get another larger hatch with better waterproof system.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Second coat Interlux bright went on as smooth as the first one, after a very light sand. Most areas are completely covered and the deep dark blue color is truly beautiful. Lines are harder to see now. Lots of wind tonight so I expect some dust settling on the fresh coat. Nothing I can do about that. Just to plan the last coat after checking windguru for lowest knots expected.