Sabbatical

February 21, 2019

Can an amateur boat builder also have a sabbatical?

Yes he can 😉

To be honest, after the launching of Fram, I felt the need to take things a bit slower. So there was time for some more social activities as well as time for completing the renovation of my son’s new home.

Speaking about renovations, at this moment we are adding an orangery at the back of our own property and in the meantime I do some smaller jobs on the boat.

Another renovation project is the renewal of my website. That was badly needed. The site was very outdated but has now been refreshed and has a more modern look. The many thousands of photos are also presented in new photo albums. I made the site responsive so that it is now easier to view with tablets and smartphones. The adress remains the same of course, www.fram.nl

Unfortunatly I have bad news for Internet Explorer users. IE is a notorious bad browser concerning the compatibility with CSS. At first it gave me a lot of headache but realizing that IE is technically no longer going to be supported in the future and Edge has taken over as Microsoft’s flagship browser, made me decide to stop my efforts in trying to make fram.nl IE compatible. Sorry for that. It helps making your screen not smaller than 1000px.

So stay tuned, the Fram story goes on, just a bit slower.

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FRAM has been launched !

August 1, 2018

Easter 2018 was a great moment. More than 10.000 building hours has resulted in the launching of Fram. Although she was ready to sail independently, much still needs to be done. The interior has yet to be finished, just like the beams, the technical installations and of course the rigging. Fram is now floating in our backyard which makes it more comfortable to do most of the remaining jobs.

Click here for an extensive photo report of Fram’s move from workshop to her home port.

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Oops !

April 6, 2018

I have been very busy during the past year and this was the reason for the few updates of this blog and my website.

Sorry about that.

But the result was worth it. During Easter I cleared the workshop and moved the boat ……………………….

More about that later 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Cabin windows finished !

April 6, 2018

The design calls for screwed down windows, but I don’t like that solution. Instead I want to glue them in a rabbet. The outside of the window is then about flush with the outside of the hull. Determining the size of the intended windows, also a little different from plans, was a challenge to get it right. Finally I found out that I get the best appearance when the length halfway the height of the window is about the same for all three windows. The glazing material is smoke grey acrylic. The windows are curved in two directions and I prefer to make them pre-curved instead of pressing them in the right curve. So, first thing is to make a mold with the right curve in it. I did this by infusing a sandwich panel against the outside of the cabin wall. I outsourced the windows to a local specialized company,  de bootruitenspecialist. They used my molds to make the acrylic in the right shape. The result is fabulous and the windows fit perfectly.

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The acrylic has a black primer edge for UV protection and a sleek appearance.

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The assembly is done with VHB tape and the pane is pushed into the correct position with the help of a few temporary guide blocks.

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Work in progress !

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Vacuum bag to provide the right pressure along all edges.

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The edges sealed with a Bostic sealant.

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I am very happy with the result.

For more images see the cabin window photo gallery.


Three hulls coming together.

February 14, 2018

Three hulls coming together in three exciting moments.

The first one, aligning the lower folding struts with each other and in square relation to the mainhull. The distance difference between the for and aft lower folding strut at the inner end and the outer end is 6mm. on Starboard and 2mm. on Port. This means that the alignement of the carbon folding anchors in the mainhull is quite good. A great achievement and kind of reassuring for the next steps.

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The second one, first trial of the folding system. It works great !

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The third one, the final assembly of my trimaran. The transformation of three hulls and four beams into a boat is the climax of the construction. Finally everything comes together and leads to the trimaran I dreamed of. It is definitely a highlight of the construction so far. Although seeing her full beam for the first time is a bit intimidating …

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You can find much more photos in this gallery.

And this and this video on my youtube channel


More painting

February 12, 2018

See the latest update of the Fairing and Painting Photo Gallery.

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Ian Farrier RIP

December 12, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you Ian Farrier passed away in San Francisco on his way back from the USA yesterday. We are in deep shock as we come to terms with the huge loss of our captain, and our focus is on Ian’s immediate family and the Farrier Marine team.

Ian was a visionary, a multihull genius, an all-round nice guy who leaves behind a huge legacy to the sailing world.

Farrier Marine Limited is a strong business with a three year order book for the revolutionary F-22 sailboat. Despite dealing with our grief, it is very much ‘business as usual’ at the factory today. It is our job now to carry on the Farrier legacy and ensure his vision is carried out. – Rob Densem.

 

This is such a heartbreaking news. Although I never met Ian, he was always very generous with his time and always answered my questions that I shot his way about the construction of my F-39.

I felt as if Ian was a personal friend, he enriched my life as brilliant and as generous a man that I’ve ever known.

Thank you Ian for your great design and all you did for the future of performance sailing. Your legacy lives on in your timeless designs.

My deepest condolences to the Farrier family, the factory team at Farrier Marine, the F-boat sailors and all other who were in some way connected with Ian.


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