Archive for June, 2009

Hatching a plan

Posted in Fitting out and maintenance on June 26, 2009 by maidofmettle

This week Chris made a start on designing the hatch cover/entrance to the boat.

Hatch in progress

Hatch in progress

Pete and I did some more digging to get rid of excess foam so the bits of interior would fit.  Unfortunately the saga of the insulation foam continues as we found some more bits of un-cured chemical that will probably need to be re-done.

The ceiling to the coach roof was made and fitted – it now needs painting and some bits fitted to it.

There was a bit more varnishing done this week, this time the posts that will be near the bunks.

Post varnishing

Post varnishing

Also I started to fit the floor back in again after Chris and Pete had fitted and sealed the supports in place.  This involved spending quite a lot of time crawling about trying to fit bolt locks to each panel so that eventually they will be locked down to stop tins and things escaping from underneath.

Help!

Help!

It rained for the first time in a while which meant the hatch at the front of the boat needed to be sealed and made waterproof.

****Also Chris learnt to roll the red kayak on Sunday (today) :-)****

Paradise?

Posted in Fitting out and maintenance, Fun, Planning (or pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey), Sailing on June 20, 2009 by maidofmettle

When I signed up for this trip I was promised a lovely holiday with sunny beaches, warm seas and lazy days under a parasol.  All this came true this week….

Well sort of…

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An umberella was put up to keep the sun off whilst working and the warm seas were replaced by the ‘not quite warm’ sea at the end of the road.

There were more transformations this week.  This time the insides of the boat began to take shape thanks to lots more foam cutting

interior insulation foam

interior insulation foam

painting

Bits of interior on various paint coats

Bits of interior on various paint coats

and varnishing of side panels so that things could be put back in place…hurrah!

Pete installing ceiling panels

Pete installing ceiling panels

varnished side panels in situ

varnished side panels and bookshelves in situ

Also the baulk-heads were glued back into position.

sealing baulk-heads

sealing baulk-heads

Things are really beginning to take shape again and it’s nice to have a glimpse of what the inside will look like once it’s finished.

I had a bit of a lesson in sailing last weekend so am one step closer to learning some important skills.  The boat stayed upright and we made it to a pub for a drink which was good.  I hope to be taking a sea survival course pretty soon.

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As an aside, I am watching Bear Grylls on TV and have just seen that the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean has native Bird Eating Tarantulas!  They are huge and he is about to eat one for breakfast,  something I don’t plan to be doing myself if we end up there.  They also have poisonous snakes, scorpions and plants that give you blisters.  Maybe we ought to avoid the jungle!   On the other hand I have just found out that they do have watervines that are useful if you get stranded anywhere so it’s not all bad…

We have been looking into entertainment on-board.   Pete has been finding some board-games whilst the big “Bop-it extreme” game search continues.

Research is continuing into music on the boat and we have a mini guitar and box drum we made as a start so far.

The cajon box drum in progress

The cajon box drum in progress

The Cajon was made from scrap wood and a small snare drum wire.  We discovered out how to make it from someone else’s blog and found hot-melt glue to be very useful for fixing it together quickly.  After a coat of wood stain and some varnish it is pretty much there give or take a few extra bits of decoration yet to be decided.

cajon with wood-stain and varnish

cajon with wood-stain and varnish

A week of transformation

Posted in Fitting out and maintenance on June 12, 2009 by maidofmettle

This week an amazing transformation occured in the back yard…

The boat changed colour from dark blue…

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to baby blue!

Baby Blue!

Baby Blue!

Also the mean marquee people came and took the marquee away to put it up again at Goodwood…a day late!

Other transformations included the clearance of the ‘greenhouse’ from a jungle…

Greenhouse Jungle

Greenhouse Jungle

to a work/painting area,

our swanky new work area

our swanky new work area

Having first put 2 large tarpaulins on the leaking roof.  This proved to be good as it has rained on and off quite a bit since.

Trev came down to help on Tuesday. He soon found himself at home climbing up ladders helping with making things waterproof in the morning.  Thanks for all the painting and sanding…I know how much you enjoyed the sanding particularly!

Trev in his native habitat

Trev in his native habitat

Chris made and fitted the windows with Pete whilst I continued with more painting

Windows

Windows

Painting in the greenhouse

Painting in the greenhouse

And finally, Chris and Pete started cutting excess foam to begin the process of putting the interior back in.

Phew….a busy week.

Painting, painting and more painting…and some other stuff

Posted in Fitting out and maintenance on June 7, 2009 by maidofmettle

Bits of interior have been strewn around the back yard for the most part of the last two weeks.   After being glued together, scraped, acetoned, knotted with knotting solution (to make sure they don’t cause problems underneath the paint) and then each piece of interior needs two coats of primer followed by two of top coat (pale yellow) This has been the majority of what has been done recently and as the weather has been sunny the conditions have been almost perfect, if a little hot for working outside.

Interior pre-painting

Interior pre-painting

In other news, the foam people came back to finish the insulation at the beginning of last week.  Hurrah we thought, though the boat still smells a bit horrible so they are coming back (again!) to sort out a few bits that went a bit wrong because of the broken foaming gun.  Hopefully that will sort out the smell and we won’t have to cook fish every night to cover it!

Winter Wonderland foam boat

Winter Wonderland foam boat

I have nearly finished the curtains…well i say nearly there’s about 4 completed so far and the other 4 just need their linings attached.  After those I hope to have time to make a couple more for the back windows then find something to attach them with.

Me, using a sewing machine!

Me, using a sewing machine!

We finally decided on a colour for the deck so that is now painted a nice pale yellow/cream colour, that matches the interior quite well, with some non-slip added in.  This took a fair while and required hoovering, sanding and yet more acetone  not to mention careful planning so we could get off the boat without having to wait for the paint to dry.

Chris has been making windows ready for glueing on soon and sorting out where and how to put non-slip material on the deck.

Also the top sides of the boat have been sanded and painted ready for a top coat of light blue on Monday.

Preparing for painting top-sides

Preparing for painting top-sides

In fun stuff…we had a nice BBQ on the beach to celebrate Chris’s 27th (eek!) birthday and Chris and I spent a nice few days in the new forest for a weekend and Buckler’s Hard paddling the river to Lepe and back not to mention our detour up one of the various dead-end channels!