One of the projects we got to while my family was down in New Orleans helping me out was installing a holding tank and second water tank. To make our lives a little easier we set the tanks in place with regular old hardware-store expanding foam. The water tank went into a mostly dead space behind where the engine will go, when we find one (Have a used 10-15hp marine diesel to sell?-Get in touch). We just hooked up the hoses, shoved it back into the stern until it kind of stuck and then sprayed some foam around to hold ...Read More
I’m in Nova Scotia, visiting my wife’s family for the week. I’m sorry I ever complained about San Francisco being cold. Even the lobsterman down the street says it’s too cold and rough to go out.
My in-laws live just outside of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home of the Bluenose. The Bluenose is a 140-foot fishing schooner, built in Lunenburg in 1921, and famous for beating the US for the International Fisherman’s Trophy over the course of the next seventeen years.
She was the first non-human to be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. She’s ...Read More
It has been cold of late even here in New Orleans and also a bit wet so we haven’t gotten too much done on the boat itself. But there’s always plenty to do in the shop, so we haven’t been idle! I’ll get into that soon with some posts on the chainplates we are fabricating but for now I’ll pass on a couple lessons we learned from the bit of fairing we’ve been able to do.
Having patched the through hulls satisfactorily, including a second session of glassing on some of them, we have moved onto trying to get them ...Read More
It would appear I was right to be second-guessing our repair job on the hull as we found some definite weak points when things set up. Upon inspection of the new patches we found a few of them looked like this:
You can see how some of the fiberglass is sticking up a bit from the patch and visible as individual strands. This means that it didn’t bond properly with the rest of the hull. This case is ...Read More
I’ve just done a bit more research on fiberglass repairs and am feeling rather sheepish about my cocky post on grinding the boat’s hull. I’ve since learned that the essential aspect of the 12-1 ratio which we resolutely ignored is less about strength than it is about flex. I had assumed that due to the thickness of my hull we would get plenty of strength even when patching a relatively small area. However it seems there is a possibility of the patch failing precisely because it is stronger (or, more accurately, harder) than the rest of the hull.
The issue ...Read More
It may be the single greatest advancement in making sailboats affordable but fiberglass is horrible stuff to work with! Here you see me emerging from the forward anchor locker where I’ve been grinding a 2sq-foot section directly into my own face. Even with a shop vac sucking air out of the compartment it would so rapidly fill with dust (which was also filtering into my foggy goggles via the ventilation holes) that I was doing most of this by feel. No doubt the wost job yet on the boat but we’ll see what’s to come…
This was just a quick ...Read More