Building progress has been good. I think I’m almost halfway now. With lots of time off for Christmas holidays, I can make some good steps.
The scariest bit of the build is over now. I’ve covered the outside of the hull with carbon cloth, and it seems to have gone on well! I found it quite daunting to work with a 400 euro roll of carbon (I got 25 metres of it on sale ;), then try not to think about messing it up! But, all went well. I watched lots of instructional videos on youtube on how to do things, and it worked more or less as planned. I worked my way from the middle of the boat, up forward. When I had enough epoxy on to keep the cloth in place I trimmed the ends, then folded them around the bow and stern. The stern went well, as I managed to get the cloth folded around fully. This stern will be bulletproof!
Getting so much carbon on the boat is overkill, but I just wanted to play with carbon, and it will help the boat become very stiff, which will help sailing performance.
Next up is to build the deck. I’m trying to get myself from working fast mode into working carefully mode. I’ll want to clear coat the deck, so I’ll need to work cleanly now, as mistakes will be seen! The seam on the middle of the foredeck is my best now, lying very cleanly, and it stays in place with just a bit of tape.
In the meantime Axel has been busy with design and construction of the sliding seat. It cost me a sleepless night when he first sent the plans over. I kept thinking on how to install it in the boat, where my feet would go, how to hike from it, how fast the boat would be when using it…sigh. It will be great fun to build the seat, then the actual sailing… wow…
Another big thing is the mast and sail. All lot of thought has gone into this. Finally, I decided to ask Michael Storer to build me the same sail that Joost Engelen is using for his new canoe build. Is it a 5 sq metre sail, which sets from an aluminium tube. One reef, and, it looks great. Another sleepless night, as I kept on going through the options:
- bufflehead sail: it works well, you can easily reef while sailing/paddling, the parts store in the boat (handy), but for me, it is maybe a bit too safe an option?
- Hobie tandem island / adventure island. Easy to buy, great reefing options, and the size goes up to 8 sq metre. But: the sail is butt ugly! Out.
- Storer sail. Performance oriented, may be a bit harder to reef (only one reef), but it looks great, and I can set it on a home built aluminum mast.
Ultimately, I’ll still want a bigger, fathead sail (does someone have an old moth rig lying around? Maybe a Cherub?), but I’ll have to see how I fare with 5 sq. metres of sail, then see where to go from there.
The nice thing about a project like this is meeting people, and going places. Along the way I had a nice chat with John from Compositesplaza. We decided to keep in touch, and maybe we can do something interesting in the future. They sent me some samples of some new materials they are using, maybe something nice to build outriggers some day?
Then there was an ad, with a guy selling a gennaker. 8 sq metres, and quite close by! This guy turned out to be Marten Jan, from Hallum. He’s a small boat guy, and built his own sail and oar boat, designed by Frank van Zoest. The design is intended to do well in Raid events, and it seems he did well. I even took some photo’s of Marten Jan during the Dorestad Raid! Unfortunately, when seeing the gennaker, I got the creeps, and decided this was a way to big sail for me at this point. I’d need a more moderate size, if I’ll do a genny at all. Maybe a wee jib or genoa will do. Maybe 5 metres of sail is enough?
I’m hoping to come a long way towards finishing the hull this holidays, next up will be deciding where to drill the hole for the mast, and how the deck layout will be, so I can build reinforcements. I’m planning to spend quite a bit of time sanding as well. That will involve lifting the boat out of the window, getting it back in, more gap filling, lifting back out. Hope I’ll have enough patience!
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