Floatation pods – step two!

85CD2A86-583C-4BDF-B1CF-B642C052940EIt’s freezing in Denmark and the temperature is not even close or perfect for working with polyester resin! However, building a tent from a large tarp, with a heater for rising the temperature, making it possible for working with the polyester resin and fiberglass…

The inside of the floatation pods are secured with wide strips of fiberglass and polyester resin, making the pods strong enough for removing the screws from the plywood again…

Game over!

C5F038B0-9A0D-4CB0-BB08-787199AF0B4DToday one adventure ended, game over! The Shipman 28¬†sailboat is now sold and transported to the new and happy owner. It was a clean cut, right down in the middle of all my dreams surrounding this yacht and it was not and easy decision…

My son have become very sick with an very rare disease, this means lot of time in hospitals and less to all my projects. The large sailboat project became to heavy, in time and cost, slowly ending my hopes for the growing timeline. I don’t like selling the sailboat, but I less like to see my project burn out and trashed. Now a new adventures captain is fresh with energy in the project and this makes me very happy!

Floatation pods…

F8D79F01-6D9F-4A08-BA37-EE3842246F50After a long unexpected break, the project is starting up again!

In order to carry the larger outboard engine, the construction of two floatation pods by the transom is needed. It’s build in plywood, to be fixed with polyester resin and a god multiple layer of fiberglass…

 

Fiberglass on deck!

IMG_1482After preparing the deck yesterday, I secured it with strips of fiberglass and polyester resin today. First by long strips 10-12 cm wide and then 20 cm wide, hiding the edges of the narrow strips with the finishing 20 cm wide strips of fiberglass. The aft deck and the entire drain area was first secured with a 50×70 sheet of fiberglass, securing the plywood construction in the deck.

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Deck ready…!?

IMG_1480The hardened polyester resin added to make the soft angel between the hull and the deck¬†are sanded, wiped with a wax cloth and acetone, then coated with polyester resin. When hardened the hull are to be secured with fiberglass strips…

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Bench with top on…

IMG_1465The first bench lid or top are glued in with thcikened polyester resin, completing the three floatation chambers underneath.

The third coat of epoxy primer are painted in both benches…

 

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PVC drain

IMG_1467The PVC drainage are completed, with an extra outlet for a manual bilge pump. This allow me to empty standing water if needed…

The tubes are glued to the hull with thickened polyester resin.

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Drainage

IMG_1464The aft floatation chamber near the transom are made ready for the PVC drainage tubes. The plywood are sealed with polyester resin, to keep them secured from water etc.

 

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Now with deck!

IMG_1460The deck are moulded down in the construction with thickend polyester resin, when hardend the sanding awaits! The deck will become a floatation chamber together with the benches and the compartment up against the transom. The aft of the deck are formed down to a drain (not made yet) of PVC tube…

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First coat…

IMG_1452Finishing the moulding around the PVC tubes, sanding and then washing down with acetone, making the small boat ready for the first coat of epoxy painting…

 

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PVC tube…

IMG_1436Before sealing all the compartments in the benches, the layout for the 12v system and fuel line are made. The simpel construction of PVC tube and fittings are set for the fuel line in port side and the 12v system in starboard side. This will clear out the cockpit for cables and hoses, with a clean and nice look…

(all fittings/connections are sealed with polyester resin)

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Coming together!

IMG_1428Today I cut the top plywood for both benches, the interior slowly comes together and it looks pretty good! The construction are just waiting for polyester resin and fiberglass, then sanding and painting…

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Room for battery!

IMG_1422To add modern navigation equipment the old fiberglass boat need a 12v battery bank. This box are placed near the bow to equal the weight aboard. The battery box are made from a simpel plywood construction but will be sealed with polyester resin and fiberglass.

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Benches…

IMG_1419To add safety in the old fiberglass boat i’m building to benches, reaching from the stern and all the way to the bow. These long benches are constructed with waterproof/airtight compartments, making the boat unable to sink!

The construction are made from plywood, sealed with polyester resin.

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Small foredeck

IMG_1414The small fiberglass boat are resting in my shipyard and the rebuilding has begun in it’s construction fase. To add something new i’m building a small foredeck on the bow with planning to mount a smooth cleat…

The blade on the circular saw are set leaving just a few milimeters in the plywood, making it posible to bend in a beautiful shape. Thickend polyester resin are filled in to fix the shape when hardend…

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First layer of fiberglass…

IMG_1405Grinded, sanded, washed and finally ready for the first layer of fiberglass! It’s a long proces to safe this small boat and if not it had history in the family, it should have been cut up and trashed. My grandfather bought this boat back in 1964, were it was a platform for lots of activity and fun on the water for my father and his friends. The boat ‘Tulle‘ had it’s first major rebuild in 1995, by my father and was brougth back to life again. Then it became the platform our family and now it will become the boat for my family after her rebuild…

By princip! She floats!

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Rebuilding the small boat

IMG_1397It’s a huge job restoring this old crashed small boat, several broken parts in the fiberglass and many holes! The boat was smashed on a rough stone beach in a strong storm, then forgotten for fifteen years in the reed…

Now the sanding and new construction (to add safety and comfort) has begun! With much fiberglass work to come…

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