Rigging Shipmans!

DSCF1178Last time in Kalvehave harbor the two Shipman sailboats was splashed, now it was time for the rigging! The wind was as little to nothing and perfect for rigging, but the rain was keeping us all wet, until both boats rested in their finger piers again! Lars and Wagner had their longtime friend, Kim, helping them. The trio became a mixture of great stories and rigging! Excellent day!



Newborn Seaman…

IMG_1220Today the crew got larger! The newborn seaman (I think it may rank a little lower than the ordinary seaman!?) is a beautiful baby girl. We are VERY happy! Her name will be Alma and together with her older brother and sister, the crew on the sailboat are now full…

Happy birthday Alma!


Man vs. Machine!

IMG_11990 – 1 !!!

Crawling in the small lazarette below the transom, working with the grinder and power file, was and are an ongoing battle between man and machine! For now, the machine won and I’ve been out for a couple of weeks due to my injury – the world famous Tennis Elbow!

If not in the boat, below the deck – I’m continuing the everlasting research in thoughts and solutions for the DIY project. However, this is also a pleasent break from the un-pleasent epoxy and fiberglass dust…


Splashing Shipmans

DSCF1171While the Shipman 28 is resting on the hard in my driveway I’m driving around the southern Zealand in Denmark to the many harbors nearby, just to feel the atmosphere and sense how the social life works in those harbors I’m guesting. This is of course to find the perfect harbor and future home of the sailboat! While visiting the Kalvehave harbor I discovered a pair of sailboats looking just like the one in my driveway! Standing next to each other on the hard, two Shipman 28 was waiting to splash in the next couple of days. Back home again I wrote letters to put on the propeller shafts, simply to get in touch with the owners of the two sailboats.

Buying my own sailboat on the hard didn’t offer me any chance learning how to rig the Shipman 28. Now could be my chance to learn…

While putting the letter on next day, Lars, the owner of one of the Shipman 28 stopped me right next to the hull. We had a great ‘small’ talk about the harbor, the sailboat etc. and I was more that welcome to visit them and learn about the sailboats. Same evening Wagner (the other owner) wrote me, hoping to see me very soon in the harbor when splashing both sailboats.

It was a great afternoon in the harbor, the weather wasn’t, but both captains was in excellent mood. The sailboats were flying high and was set gently in the harbor basin with the mobile crane, in fact it was the same truck/crane that drove my sailboat home when I bought her and later moved the same sailboat from the front yard to my driveway due to the heavy winds of the storm Freya. I shoot some video of the sailboats coming of the hard, ending up with both of them floating next to each other again by the finger pier. The afternoon became late as we set in the cockpit of Lars’ Shipman telling stories from the past. Big thanks to the open minded captains, Wagner and Lars!



IMG_1172Below the transom and the stern platform with rising temperature, grinding and sanding the old epoxy paint and fiberglass hull, in the very small compartment – must be the sailors Purgatory on the hard!?

Is this necessary? No! Why do it?

I imagine to keep the cost as low as possible when building the sailboat back in 1971, the look and appearance below deck wasn’t important due to the extra expenses. The hull below the stern platform was rough but painted and the fiberglass material gave the surface an uneven appearance from not being sanded down properly from the shipyard. My goal is to minimize the forward and future maintenance on the sailboat, this also means cleaning and washing down! The rough surface on the hull below deck did hold up a great deal of dirt and water, but by grinding and sanding the surface into a smooth appearance the cleaning will come easy and the water will also run with ease to the bilge below!


Router vs. rudder quadrant!

IMG_1159The plate from high density polyester resin and multiple layers of fiberglass, are cut in shape with the handheld router from Bosch. The router bits with tungsten carbide tips did the job perfect…!

On the picture you can also see the model, constructed to find the right diameter of the rudder quadrant and the axis in the pedestal. The quadrant/rudder will have 80 degrees travel and 540 degrees rotation on the wheel steering (same as the Bavaria 36) so when the rudder is amidships, it can turn 270 degrees port- or starboard to reach the stop (3/4 of a full rotation)


Rudder axis ready…

In order to install the (future) rudder quadrant the rudder axis needs to be exposed! With the power file the fiberglass are sanded down in a 10 centimeter section in top of the rudder axis – just below the deck. To protect the axis it is safely hidden in a heavy tube of steel, this was cut away with the grinder in the same 10 centimeter section. The rudder axis are now fully exposed and ready for installation of the homemade rudder quadrant…


Rudder quadrant !?

IMG_1141I’ve search out the internet for solutions for an rudder quadrant! I’ve made technical drawings, asked clever people with skills in metal work and it all comes out to very expensive cost!? The rudder axis only have a diameter of 25 millimeters, this needs special work…! To keep the cost low I’ve begun to produce the rudder quadrant myself from polyester resin and endless layers of fiberglass…

(I’m making two, one as spare part…)


Next step to the wheel steering!

IMG_1142The steps for the wire bloks for the wheel steering are made and installed. Like the first step, they are made from mahogany and pre-drilled to mount the pad eyes. Look closely and you’ll see the mahogany steps are not the same height, this is made to let the two wires cross over eight other underneath the cockpit.

(Installed with thickened polyester resin)


Cut away…!

IMG_1134The wire system for the wheel steering system was chanced for better and this needed more space the the wires to run by. In order to let the wires run underneath the aft cockpit, behind the pedestal weld (?) a new cut was necessary! With a wide selection of power tools I made great acces for the wires and builded a small box to install with thickened polyester resin and fiberglass…


Construction in progress…

IMG_1128The construction of plywood are in progress, the port plate are installed with thickened polyester resin and secured with stops of fiberglass. I had some left over and used the thickened polyester resin to fill in were the plywood was uneven or smooth. When sanded the plywood surface will look great…


Mainsheet traveller gone!?

IMG_1130Where did it go? The mainsheet traveller are removed and left the cockpit larger! I’ve been searching, reading and consulting, from this the mainsheet traveller are removed from the sailboat, not to come back – instead a mainsheet bridle system are installed in the future, this allow a more open cockpit and a simple system thats easy to maintain and repair on the sea…


Making ready…!

IMG_1112In order to make the plywood construction ready for installation underneath the cockpit, the parts are individually sanded and painted with polyester resin. The lists to support the construction are secured with strips of fiberglass, when hardened they are ready for epoxy paint and installation…

The stringers are painted with polyester resin, when hardened they will be glued to the hull with thickened polyester resin and secured with strips of fiberglass.


Forming the frame…

IMG_1113Underneath the cockpit bench I’ve added more strips of fiberglass to secure the frame of the hatch even more! With thickened polyester resin I have begun to form the frame into shape, this is a working progress – sanding – polyester – sanding – polyester – until the result is satisfying…


First step for wheel steering – again!?

IMG_1106A few weeks ago I formed the first step for the wheel steering from mahogany, this was ready to be mounted in the hull with fiberglass – however, I could’t find the specifications for the wire blocks? How strong? How much load from the wire?

To come up with a solution were I knew the exact specification of the wire blocks, I needed to construct a new ‘first’ step to the wheel steering! This was a better solution in many ways, easier to maintain and service, and easier to repair and chance spare parts! This is perfect, when doing things complicated – but simple!

Two pieces of mahogany formed to lead water between them to the bilge, glued to the hull with thickened polyester resin and secured with strips of fiberglass! Later comes the sanding…!?!

(In picture you can also see the stringers are secured with thickened polyester resin and fiberglass)


Arrival of Darth Vader!

IMG_1099The new mask just landed on the address! It’s a half face mask respirator with filters from Honeywell, this will protect my health in a proper way!

To save future shipping cost I ordered three A2 filters and four P3 (R) filters, this will grant me plenty of hours in the boat, working with the fiberglass, grinder and sander…

A2 filters protects from acid and gas, and the P3 filters protects from dust and particles in the highest level…