Site statistics 2012

January 12, 2013

This Blog had about 18249 visitors in 2012 and that is almost 6% less than 2011. However, Fram’s Website continues to be popular and even with an increase of 20% compared to last year. This is satisfactory.


But what about the physical efforts?

2012 – 2003 = 9. This way, and secretly, I always fooled myself one year by making the calculation this way. Of course this is not true and I now have to confess that since last month ten years (10!) have been passed since I started working on this project. Wow, this is not what I had expected which, at the same, time is also not a surprise. After all, without a positive attitude such a huge DIY project is lost in advance. So I’m happy to say that my motivation is still there, but with the inevitable ups and downs.

This has been translated to the average number of hours per week that I’ve spent on the project.


Initially I thought that I was able to spent about 20 hours per week but considering my work and social live for me this has been proved infeasible.

On the basis of the experience data of Ian Farrier, I have my goal set on 7500 to 8000 construction hours and despite the disappointing progress, it seems that I’m still reasonable on this schedule.

estimated construction hours

Incidentally, this justifies a compliment to the address of Ian Farrier. He is one of the few, if not the only designer who gives realistic construction hours for the build of his ​​designs.

More figures are on my website.


Webstatistics of 2011 in review

January 2, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report for this Blog.

and these are the results for

Web statistics for

Single side infusion on a foam hull (mold)

December 25, 2011

On one of the boat building forums there was a question about the practical aspects of doing a single side infusion and where the foam hull is the airtight mold. This for sure requires a meticulous job on the foam hull, preventing any piercing by screws, or repairing these very thoroughly, and a lot of attention for the bog in the joins between the foam sheets. It is good practice to use as large as possible foam parts to minimize the amount of seams. To be sure that the joint is airtight, I treat them in four stages. The first one is widening the seam with a Dremel tool and routing a V-shape in it. Then I fill these with a thick mixture of epoxy, aerosill and microballoons, the second layer a little thinner and the final layer again a little thinner. Of course this requires extra time, but doing this well is very important for the integrity of the vacuum bag. Taking shortcuts in this phase will lead to the nightmare of not getting enough vacuum for the infusion. In that stage it is too late for making repairs and the decision has to be made to give up the infusion and to go back to the hand-lay-up job.

Of course  the single side infusion on a foam hull requires a closed cell and airtight foam. The A quality Corecell foam is a fine example of such a foam. The thickness I use is 15 mm (5/8″) Thinner will be more difficult and thicker must be easier in regards to making an airtight foam mold.

Have a look at the figures below to get an idea of the (extra) hours for making the foam hull (mold) and to infuse the internal hull laminate.

Single side infusion setup hours

You can see there is a kind of learning curve. Only the last hull (Main hull port half) is made in the new workshop. The difference in working hours between the cramped workshop in my garage at home and the very comfortable and roomy workshop I have today is not very dramatic. All work has been done on my own. Working with two people is more efficient and I guess will save at least 25%.

This table and other statistics has been updated in this page on

In the mean time I’m working hard (well, not today 😉 to get the main hull ready for the infusion of the external laminate. I hope to be able to do this in the first week of January 2012

Merry Christmas to all !

Web statistics of 2010 in review

January 10, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 22 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 101 posts. There were 38 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 21st with 308 views. The most popular post that day was Enlarging Fram’s berth..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for fram blog, vertical foam stripping, framblog, resin infusion, and corecell foam.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Enlarging Fram’s berth. April 2010


About August 2001


A milestone, Starboard meets Port. August 2010


Preparing for vacuum infusion. May 2010


Happy New Year ! December 2009



These are the results of the Blog, which is not too bad for the first year of her existence (older entries are imported). It started by the end of December 2009 as a replacement for the logbook at the Home Page of  However, Fram’s Blog has still a long way to go to approximate the results of the statistics of the main website  Although not as sexy as the above presentation by the WordPress provider, here are the results for :

Month Unique visitors Visitors Pages Hits Bytes
Jan 2010 5187 6816 40278 370157 4.20 GB
Feb 2010 4903 6374 36145 329269 3.88 GB
Mrt 2010 5524 7358 51146 396788 4.35 GB
Apr 2010 4738 6175 34397 312234 3.16 GB
Mei 2010 5474 7105 43385 374425 3.90 GB
Jun 2010 4921 6477 31104 301599 3.01 GB
Jul 2010 4778 6393 35308 317606 3.28 GB
Aug 2010 5426 7140 55845 411621 4.47 GB
Sep 2010 5208 6813 41878 336869 3.61 GB
Okt 2010 4686 5863 36666 291575 3.22 GB
Nov 2010 4854 6530 56392 343406 3.70 GB
Dec 2010 4436 5935 36187 291648 2.90 GB
Total 60135 78979 498731 4077197 43.67 GB
2009 59086 78772 550645 4545368 47.77 GB
2008 64270 90457 645672 5068054 49.92 GB
2007 63800 100256 683222 5761606 50.06 GB
2006 60499 87682 620468 5485370 46.37 GB
2005 52841 71472 455587 4722490 41.56 GB
2004 41735 53980 164704 3131632 32.24 GB
2003 37138   ?   ?   ?   ?
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