Friday, 14 November 2008

bowsprit, hatch, rudder, centreboard..

"Bowsprit" is assembled, big hatch is made, mast support is made and assembled, rudder and centerboard will be ready soon. Small details take a lot of time, today I tried to make a glassfibre tube for rudder.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008


the interior is gradually coming together,and the interior is beginning to be painted.
017- emergency compartment is built in.
018- anchor well is built and preassembled.
019-mast support bulkhead is assembled.
020- starboard bunk assembled.
021, 022- leg appartments in port and starboard sides are cut.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Cockpit Lockers

deciding how to organize the cockpit lockers for practicality (sizes) and max weight reduction (min material). The emergency compartment is next with two hatches - one from cockpit side, another from hull side, (for accessing when capsized!).

Monday, 13 October 2008

Moving forward again... beam mounts

Finally we have things moving forward again, however Toivo is currently dealing with the challenges re setting up the beam mounts.
Sheet 20- it is not easy to cut the slots, because the drawing is flat, while the hull is curved. Beam bulkhead trim- the drawing shows "arms" left in the middle of the cut away area. No dimensions, and it is hard to mark, using beam mount. What radius to use?

Friday, 26 September 2008

financial delays...

hmmm, no action on the boat now for two weeks, this is very frustrating to both Toivo and myself. It just shows how exposed we are to the black magic of the international banking system, which seems to have even its internal experts in disarray. And I'm not talking about the current global financial crisis... I'm talking about a simple transfer of funds from one bank to another within Europe. Hopefully on Monday this will be solved and we can breathe again..... and order the next batch of materials !

Thursday, 18 September 2008

working on main hull details

Things are moving forward on various details of the main hull now, fitting the bow eye for the bow pole, and fitting the various panels into the interior of the cabin - forward bunk, cabin settee's and their integration with the rotating centreboard, etc.

next will be the bow web, and now that the beam mounts have turned up, this will be the next major task to start on.

time is a precious resource - ordering parts

time is also a resourse, and You know, when it is wasted, it is gone, forever...

I had just a problem with trying to order the mast support, nobody was interested in manufacturing this piece in alu. And heavy,thick plexi hatches with alu frames were agreed by drawings. If anybody is interested, I can order more... just let me know

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Right Side Up

latest photos showing the soft supports for the boat, and finally right side up on its keel.
Windows and hatches have been cut for air to work inside.

Waiting to finish the rudder and daggerboard, because the third! shipment of carbon cloth for my supplier is lost on the way from germany to estonia by DHL!

Also need to make some supports for trailer, to be done like Lloyd Crisp`s boat in Australia.

Eventually windows will be made from a single piece of dark tinted plexi. My feeling is confirmed now having looked at the first F-22's launched (two windows is just too fussy for the lines of a small boat). The F-22 needs the simplicity of clean lines.
F-22 no.30 will look more like F-33 Shadowfax see
but will be burnt orange with black details such as wingnets, windows, hatches etc.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Colour paint test + painting to help fairing

209-at last able to check new air pressure equipment, and make a sample piece for the supplier.
210- a float is also partly painted with air spray gun, needs some more work.The paint seems ok.
212-experimental primer, made from white topcoat and burnt orange paint. Good result, its very strong.
213- yesterday, the 1st of September was a flag day in Estonia. It was a sunny day, first job was to put up the national flag.
214- main hull painted with topcoat, needs more putty, but at this stage it will be mostly included, not ground away. This helps to be able to see whats going on, then to add more putty carefully to get a good surface. Topcoat will protect the glassfibre laminate, of course.
Bought couple of divintcell lists to finish the cabin and cockpit plus more resin. Need to buy more carbon to finish the daggerboard and rudder, and plexiglass for the windows.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

the boat is bottom up!

latest photos of todays situation- whoops, the boat is bottom up!

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Main Hull in one piece !

The boat is not yet floating, but is finally in one piece!

For clarity it is Toivo who is doing all the hard work! He has just set up a new boatyard especially to build my F-22 in Estonia called Ormco Baltic. My original intention was to completely build the boat myself, but with too many other projects on the go (see the link to the Click-Raft) it just wasn't possible - so how to realise the dream? A good mini-transat sailor friend of mine Jaanus Tamme highly recommended Toivo to build the boat... and as you can see he is doing an excellent job.

Lifting Hull out of frames

Latest photos showing second hull half being lifted out of the frames. studying MennoĊ› site further.... Toivo is going to make the "poor man vacuum bag" as per Menno's suggestions.

bow eye

Toivo and I have been researching other sites for tips at this stage, esp Jay's and Menno's.
re making the bow eye and centerboard case pieces. Thought ours was rather messy, so went back through Menno's archive to see how he dealt with it (his blog is so thorough to find these kinds of details) - and i found this !
"Laminating the bobstay anchor wasn't a big succes. Laminating ('wrapping') pieces this small is still not my cup of tea. To continue moaning: the fit in the hull wasn't very good either. But it's no use crying over spilled milk. Currently the final layer of C is curing so tomorrow I'll glue the anchor in place and be done with it. I decided to try use vacuum to force the last layer of cloth tight around the piece. I used an ordinary shopping-bag and a tie-wrap. This works really well."

he also has some very good advice for how to join the two halves of the hull together - its a great technique...have a look at Vrijdag 9 November 2007..

also interesting is his photos re the placing of the centreboard (same design option ie rotating off-centre) and shows the rollers already built in for the control lines.

Menno's site is really good for all this information.