Saturday, March 13, 2010

New build location

We finally found our new home that has met all our family requirements, including the garage suitable for a main hull build.  The one side of the garage is over 25 feet deep with plenty of height, with lots of room in the driveway to do the main hull, beam to float thing.  The only trouble is that possession does not happen until June.  But as we know all too well, sometimes these things just take longer if you want to make sure it is done right.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Next stop Ottawa

Well, I have new news. I have taken a new full time position in the high tech corridor of Kanata, just outside of our nation's capitol Ottawa.

The good news is that relocating allows me to choose our new property with the main hull boat build in mind - amongst other family criteria of course.
I'm looking forward to a spring thaw with a new job, new home and a clean start on the main hull.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Main hull form frames cut

Well, it's been an interesting lean inexpensive but healthy summer. I sold my Northstar 26 sloop on Georgian Bay, hiked daily with the dogs on the trails, and became an expert again at job hunting and doing interviews.

The only progress I can report is that I have the form frames for the main hull now cut out in plywood.

This was a reality check for the family on the true size of the F22, small, but small is becoming beautiful again and I am still quite sure this is the right boat for me at this time. It looks like I will be building the main hull in the back yard and I have purchased the build tent and prepared the back yard area. However, it may not be until the crack of next spring before I start building the strongback up again. I still have some flat panels to make and I may make this the first priority.

I have the daggerboard, daggerboard case, full rudder assembly and many small parts and bulkheads for the main hull already complete so my aim is make the main hull build a true kit building experience that goes very fast over one summer.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Boat build suspension

I'm saddened to report that there will be a (hopefully) short suspension of boat building activities. More materials need to be purchased to properly initiate the construction of the main hull and I cannot justify the expenditure while I am looking for new full time employment.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Daggerboard in case

My daggerboard was always on the thick side so I was a bit worried that with paint the board might stick in the case.  Not to worry, the paint seems to make it more slippery and it slides in and out, horizontally, freely.  I'm sure that in the vertical position it will be fine.  

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Daggerboard and rudder mostly done

I've painted the daggerboard and rudder now, with a number of coats of the 2 part Interlux VC performance epoxy.  To apply, I simply used a foam roller and tried to cover with as little paint as possible.  Next time I will to use a foam brush to see if I can get an even smoother application. Of course, the rolling does not finish smooth and does require post wet sanding.  As they are now,  I am still working with 400 grit but they can still be taken a lot farther.  However, at this point they look like they will work out OK so I might leave them like this for the time being and move on to the next step, cutting the form frames for the main hull.

I highly recommend the performance epoxy, it does wet sand very well and I think the product is perfect for parts just like this, that are under the waterline and need to be very smooth.  

I weighed the daggerboard, it's about 16 lbs.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Daggerboard and rudder blade ready for painting

It was a love-hate relationship with the fairing work on these foils the last week or so.  This was especially true of the daggerboard.   I think the root cause being my lack of experience to know when the foil shape is good and fair enough.  Thankfully ... it is mostly love now.  I thought I would post some pictures before starting to paint.


Hanging up I can verify that the board is straight and fair enough.

Trailing edge view.

End view


The rudder shape is close to ideal I believe.

End view

The trailing edge of the rudder blade.  I'm glad I sandwiched the layer of fiberglass in the foam block.  It is visible in these shots and I'm sure it is helping to strengthen the edge.