YES! The Beams are finished.

July 28, 2017

At least structural, which is a great relief. Since my last post in May I’ve spent 570 hours in building these full carbon things. Including the build hours  before May I’ve spent a total of 630 in building the Beams. That is besides my day job.

That being said, I had to introduce myself to my wife again 😉

So, I’m in a hurry because the launch of Fram is now coming seriously in sight.

However, the good progress of construction remains bad for the updates of this website. Hope you understand that.

Have a look at the photo galleries, Beams Interior and Beams Exterior

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First beam interior finished

May 7, 2017

First of all my apologies for my silence here lately. I am just too busy with getting my boat finished to publish regular updates.

However, last week I reached another milestone. The first beam interior has been finished and the second is also progressing very well. That sounds not very spectacular but for me it is a big step forward as I was very much  looking against it.

The photo gallery of the beam interior has been updated with a lot of new photos so please have a look.

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Unfinished business

March 8, 2017

While I was looking for an image of the infusion around the daggerboard case, I discovered that the photo gallery about the deck laminate and vacuum infusion has not been finished. Sorry about that. I now have added a lot of photo’s about that event.

You can find the gallery here.

After I had turned the hull I wanted to quickly begin fairing work on the deck and in the cockpit. Yet there were still some details that need to be completed.

In the previous post I have described the work around the deck hatches. The photo’s are here.

Furthermore moreover:

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After installing the engine I definite closed the cockpit floor. If it’s ever necessary to lift the engine again I will have to cut out a new hole with the jigsaw.

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Shaped the cockpit coaming ….

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…. finished the laminate on the cockpit coaming in front of the beam bulkhead and released the upper folding strut recess in the aft beam bulkhead.

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The same for the forward beam bulkhead. Until now this recess has been closed off for the purpose of the vacuum infusion of the external laminate.

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Completing the ending of the cabin roof.

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Completing the inside of the bridge deck, designing a system to store the two acrylic washboards inside the bridge deck and mounting a molded glasfibre U-section for the washboards.

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Completed the base for the sliding hatch.

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External laminate for the anchor chain tube.

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Determining window size, making the molds for them and completing the window cut outs.

Furthermore, making a mold to find back all the HD inserts in the deck which will be covered by paint and thus not visible anymore, finishing the forestay chainplate, finding back and finishing all drain holes, etc, etc.

But finally all these details (at starboard side, there is still a port side to do) are completed now and I finally could start the fairing process for cockpit, deck and cabin roof.

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… to be continued …

 


Flush deck hatches

February 14, 2017

Trial fit of the flush deck hatches. I have updated the gallery with the latest photo’s.

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Hoisting day

January 10, 2017

Now the boat is upright again it is time to hoist some heavy items.

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The daggerboard out of the daggerboard case. It was used as a mould for mounting the daggerboardcase slot and since then locked in its position while upside down.

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Engine and Jetthruster.

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Capsize recovering

January 9, 2017

Next time my trimaran is upside down something went wrong   😉

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Fairing and painting the mainhull

January 8, 2017

I am very happy with the final appearance of the floats. The paint job is great thanks to the thoroughly preparation and lots of effort in the putty and sanding process. However, the fairing of the hulls with the fairing board was a time consuming and very tough job, to be honest a hell of a job.

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With the purchase of two wide flexible filling knives at Flexisander, one 2′ wide (600mm) and the other 4′ wide (1200mm), I now choose for a different approach for filling, fairing and sanding process of the main hull. My goal is to minimize the hard work with the long fairing board and maximize the use of my sanding machines.

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The trick is to shape the fairing compound with the long filling knife in one continuous stroke, preventing excess fairing material and when done to not touch it anymore. The next part to shape is the width of the putty knife apart.

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After (partly) curing it is the turn for the parts in between. When finished this is the first layer of faring compound. The second layer, which uses much less fairing compound, is thereafter applied in such a way that this is overlapping the first areas. The whole job has been done with the 4″ wide knife which gives a very fair result and minimize excess faring compound.

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The use of the random orbital sander with grid 40 sanding paper is now mainly in order to make the surface more smooth. This requires some skill to avoid sanding to deep.

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The last step is the overall fairing with the long flexible faring board. As the hull is already very fair this is not much work anymore.

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My last step of the fairing process is applying one final layer of a fine finishing fairing compound which smooth out the grid 40 sanding strokes as well as the last imperfections.

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The last part of this finishing process is sanding down the last fine layer of fairing compound with grid 120 and apply the high build primer before finishing with the two part high gloss paint.

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About the color ….. Mint Green ….. It is a bold color and provoked divided reactions. However, somewhere in the nineties I came across a boat (the 40ft. monohull “Epoxydus”) that very much impressed me. It was mint green with a white deck. I loved it. Since that time I have that color in my mind and now I have the opportunity to make that true for my own boat. Only the crew needs some more time to appreciate it …… 😉

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I am very satisfied with the result 🙂

Please find much more images in this photo gallery.


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