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…

[Day#621]

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…)

[Day#620]

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)

[Day#620]

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…

[Day#616]

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…

[Day#616]

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…

[Day#616]

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.

[Day#613]

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…

[Day#613]

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)

[Day#608]

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…

[Day#606]

Stringers in action!

IMG_1097Yesterday I pre-mounted the stringers underneath the cockpit, made them ready for action today! With thickened polyester resin I ‘welded’ the stringers to the hull, sanded and secured them with wide strips of fiberglass…

In the workshop I’m working on the platform to the water tank and the section/wall between the compartments of holding tank and water tank.

[Day#603]

Pre-mounted stringers…

IMG_1091To install the construction underneath the cockpit correct, the first three stringers are pre-mounted only with four strips of fiberglass each. This will hold the first stringers in place once hardend, allowing the main work with fiberglass to the stringers without problems…

[Day#602]

Sanding below…!

DSCF1162To make the inside of the hull ready for the stringers, I’m sanding – or actually grinding the hull into a clean surface, ready for stringers and fiberglass! The dust is everywhere!!!

I have been informed about my mask and how it’s not protecting enough. The 3M mask is excellent, but not for the work I’m doing on the boat. This is not safe for my health, the solution was to by new and better! It’s in the mail already!

[Day#601]

Frame installed!

IMG_1088The frame of the hatch are installed in the cockpit bench, with the first layers of fiberglass! The fiberglass are almost done underneath, with lots of work left above, forming the shape of the edges…

[Day#599]

Easter holiday…

eater_olsen_370Driving up to my father in the easter holiday, enjoying the early spring sun aboard his beautiful sailboat, the Olsen 370, designed and produced in Denmark. The kids found hidden chocolate easter eegs (tradition in Denmark) below and fished after craps from the cockpit deck (cut-away transom)

[Day#596]

Ready for the bench…

IMG_1086The frame is sanded and ready to place in the cockpit bench, a great step in restoring the former hatch. The rough frame are fixated in the cockpit bench with a couple of strips from polyester fiberglass, when hardend, the real work with fiberglass begins!

[Day#595]

Composite for all

IMG_1084All fittings, thru hull’s, seacock’s etc. on the sailboat are installed in reinforced composite, safety first! They are all tested in situations for maximum stress and they have perfect exam results. The manufacturer TruDesign Plastics are located in New Zealand, but have distributors worldwide.

The complete (almost!?) set of composite fittings are shown in the picture, it’s a labyrinth of numbers, size, installation, valves, angles etc.

[Day#593]

Testing the SMD LED rope…

IMG_1079All the interior of the sailboat are remade into a new and modern design, in this process all light sources are installed only with LED, to keep the consumption on the battery bank as low as possible!

Beneath the cockpit, in the installation compartment’s SMD LED ropes will be installed. The cold white light are placed to give optimal insight in the compartment’s. Red light for night sailing and soft white for the saloon, galley, head etc.

The SMD LED ropes are cut in length’s at 50 centimeters and are waterproff if sealed, this makes them perfect for light source in the storage compartment’s in the cockpit…

[Day#590]

While waiting…

IMG_1076While waiting for the temperature to get right for working with the fiberglass, other projects are finished. Today I have cleaned the workshop, really cleaned! I emtied boxes with old stuff from the previous boat owner, boxes that’s been put away since I bought the sailboat. Treasures was found! Yeah! I found the original plate with the hull number! I didn’t even knew it existed, so I’m very glad to have found the plate…

I cleaned and prepped the workshop in a way to construct a dust safe cabin within, to paint etc. This was a great deal and took half a day!?

[Day#589]