Dangerous mood

September 14, 2016

After such a long construction period one must be careful not to make any shortcuts. It remains necessary to keep thinking about the things you do. So, what is wrong in this picture ?

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This is the vacuum bag around the final laminate of one of the carbon beam anchors. Rule nr. 1 in vacuum bagging is to put no other parts in the bag except the epoxy laminate. And certainly not a rotatable shaft and bearings that needs to be dismantled again. What a stupid mistake. The epoxy has glued everything firmly together. D!#$* it was a hell of a job and only with brute force, an angle grinder and a hot gas flame the temporary shaft gave up his firmly connection with the carbon anchors.

The image below shows how it has to be done and this experience has put me back on earth again.

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Anyhow, at the end I have 4 beam anchor assembly’s ready to put in the beams. And yes, that means I’ve finally started the build of the beams. More about that later.

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Daggerboard construction

August 13, 2016

For a long time I thought I was going to make the daggerboard in the same way as the rudder. So, with the aid of a mold. To which I have just postponed that for some reason. But at the finish of the main hull the appropriate daggerbord case slot must have been created. A good reason at last to make that daggerboard.

I made it almost according to the plans, so with a Western Red Cedar wooden core. But to prevent this core against water penetration in case of a collision with an UFO, or hitting the ground, I made two changes to the plans. First a leading edge with a high density glass fiber core behind, instead of the wood, and second a bottom part with a foam core. In addition to these changes and for structural reason I replaced the wooden core in the leading edge by a glass fiber core.

Photo’s are better than explaining by words. You can find them here.

Enjoy the animated gif of the infusion of the daggerboard.

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More fairings

August 2, 2016

More fairings, now on the starboard side.

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Vacuum bagged first foam layer.

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Building up the thickness with more (screwed down) foam layers. I decided to make a fairing on the front and bottom side of the escape hatch to minimize water pressure on the hatch.

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This hatch recess was made for a Lewmar safety hatch, however, this type of hatch is not available anymore and instead I bought a Vetus Magnus hatch which is also suitable to mount in this location. However, size and hinges are slightly different from the Lewmar  and so I had to make some modifications to the recess and hull.

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While doing this, I also decided to cut away the aft part of the recess in line with the other fairings. (at the cost of a lot of itch on hands and arms😦

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Structural integrity has been restored by adding some extra laminate.

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All hull fairings are now finished.


Beam strut fairings

July 5, 2016

Before starting the filling and fairing of the outside of the hull a streamlined foam patch must be added to the front of the beam struts.

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The first foam layer has been glued to the hull with the pressing help of a vacuum bag.

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Then the next layers are easily being screwed down.

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The final fairing still without a layer of glass laminate.

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And of course the same fairing but a little smaller for the aft beam strut.

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After adding the laminate around these fairings the filling and fairing proces on the outside of the hull has begun.


Underside deck fairing.

July 4, 2016

I would like to move on with the filling and fairing of the hull on the outside, but, while the hull is still upside down, now is the time for filling the inside of the deck, cockpit seats, cabin and aft cabin roof. It is much easier to carry out this hard work on my knees than later on above my head.


A pleasant interlude.

June 27, 2016

rainbowA week off, no business worries and fresh air instead of epoxy dust. The crew of Noreen, a beautifully built F36 trimaran, invited me for a trip across the North Sea. track

We left from my backyard in Lelystad, crossed the IJsselmeer and sailed accross the North Sea for a beer with fellow sailors in Isaac’s, which is a pub in Ipswich.  Then after a stopover on the River Deben, we turned the bow northwards. The destination of Noreen are the Orkney’s and Shetland Islands but my journey ends in Granton (Edinburgh) from where I flew home by Easyjet. Further stops were the Farne Islands (anchoring in The Kettle) and Berwick upon Tweed. It has been a really relaxing sailing week.

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High time for an update !

June 19, 2016

My last post was from December 2015. I am ashamed.

It seems as if nothing has happened, but on the contrary, I have been very busy and have made good progress. But to be honest I have not had a lot of inspiration for updating my blog and website. Perhaps also because of the fact that lately I share my build adventures also on a Dutch sailors forum, which is again time consuming but at the same time much easier writing for me than in the English language. Google translate is still my best friend😉

There has always been a demand for a Dutch version of my blog and website but I could not find an easy way to do this. So I found this alternative solution by sharing my building adventures on this Dutch sailors forum. My contributions regarding the building of Fram can be found with this link.

A recently sad event is that my dear mother passed away. Next month she would have been 98 years old, a respectable age for a respectable lady. We have organized an impressive funeral for her where she would have been proud of. We have cleared her cozy apartment and distributed her personal belongings and preserved for posterity as good as possible.

Sometimes some things are more important than building a boat.

You would have not expect it by the limited updating of my blog, but 2015 was a record breaking year regarding the hours (850) I’ve spent on building my boat.

Normally at Sunday’s I’m working on the boat. But not today, today is Father’s day. I have had a nice family afternoon and for the rest of the day I finally found some time to provide an update for my website.

The following photo galleries has been reorganized and provided with new photo’s:

Aft cabin and cockpit construction

Finishing the stern

Transmission steering system

Waterballast tank

And I have added a new chapter called “Aft cabin interior”.

Do not forget to refresh these pages in your browser (F5)


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