22 May 2006
I'm trying to be a bit more creative with the layout of this site, so pardon if there is a mess!
I'm now about to close in on the end of this project.
Project list follows:
1. Scrub/clean mast and pull halyards.
2. Sand rudder and attach pintles. Hang from stern in readiness for painting.
3. Electrics. Install busses, 1-2-Both switch, distribution panel, lights, wiring as necessary. Make battery housings.
4. Sand bottom and prep for bottom paint.
5. Attach all hoses and ensure water-tightness.
6. Check sails and sheets.
29 June 2006
I've got four days coming up and I hope to accomplish a lot.
1. Finish the two LED lights and install over the sinks.
2. Clean up the wiring - bundle it where possible, ensure the runs are not down in the bilge, re-crimp ends where the wire
is too long.
3. Finish sanding the bottom.
4. Finish fairing the keel/hull joint.
5. Tape the bottom in preparation of the first coat of bottom paint.
That's all I'll put for now as that's pretty ambitious for the weekend. Wednesday will show how far I get.
7 July 2006
Electrical panel is in place and tested. Everything works! The first coat of bottom paint is on. I've got photos which
I need to reduce and add here; should be by the end of the weekend.
14 August 2006
Okay, I've been silent recently and I haven't shrunk enough pictures to post here, but I'll provide a 'verbal' update.
All electrics, including for the engine, are in and working. The hardware has been rebedded where leaks were found. The
fuel system is assembled as is the bilge pump and attendent hoses. The protruding bolts have been cut off so as to preclude
any cuts or bruises. I used the Dremel with the heavy-duty cutoff wheels for this. The rudder attachment hole was reamed and
the tiller is now attached. The name has been ordered and I'm waiting to hear from the supplier. The mast has been fully re-reeved
with all halyards, including the spinnaker halyard. I put an extension piece for the wind indicator to enable it to be horizontal.
The masthead fitting was just too close to sheaves where I wanted to put the indicator. I think it worked out better
6 September 2006
I've not updated anything as I have had a hectic work schedule. The boat has been sitting and slowly mildewing! Argh. However,
family matters come first and so I probably won't be getting much further in the near future. Don't give up on the site. Cheers.
20 September 2006
Just posting to the site so there is some sort of life. Realistically I won't be getting to the boat until November/December.
Important family matters. I will be re-doing the photos and trying to add more. I am even thinking of a 2nd site and will post
here if I can pull it off.
24 October 2006
I am just updating this so we know that something is happening to this site. The November/December dates stand.
12 March 2007
The name has been applied this past weekend and I will be putting the photo up. Time is of the essence.
12 April 2007
We launched her on 7th April 2007 with as much fanfare as we could muster. It was clear and chilly for around here, but
great weather anyway. Hauling the boat out of the driveway was a non-event, as was getting it over the local bridge. A number
of sleepless nights were spent worrying over this but at the end of the day, all was well. Once the launch crew were at the
boat ramp, the mast raising went ahead with no problems. I took my time as what was the point of rushing anything? With all
rigging in place, both standing and running, she was moved back toward the ramp and out into the water. And floated! Got the
engine started, with no problem, and took the crew over to the anchorage for champagne. Proper libations and offerings to
Neptune, Aeolus and others. I spent some time then cleaning up the inside, basically straightening up tools, etc., and then
took the family for a sail. It was great just to be back on the water.