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Everything posted by Murray

  1. I bought a new Ford Ranger Raptor to tow my boat. A little overkill perhaps, but as they say, you can take the boy out of the west, but you can't take the west out of the boy. And now they have launched a new one. So yes, I ordered one. Just in case. my wife just shook her head...
  2. Ken you've done a great job - most impressive. I'm still making excuses, but I will re-start tomorrow with the centreboard case. I've found that I have much less spare time now I'm retired - seem to be busy doing things for other people. But that's OK too. I know that when I was young, I had plenty of time, but no money. Now I'm old, (or getting there) I find I no longer have plenty of time... Look forward to seeing some on-the-water pics...
  3. That's outstanding. I've looked long and hard at these pics and I just can't fault the result.
  4. 20 coats. OK, Dave it's official, you are prepared to go the extra mile...
  5. So true - those masts are a work of art. Quite inspiring really...
  6. How about the other way around? Carbon tube (I have some prototype Laser/ILCA carbon tubes that I am considering covering in a veneer of Alaskan Cedar)
  7. Tracksaws are the best thing. Ever.
  8. Haven't even looked at the project for the last 3 months Peter. - well that's not quite true, I keep looking at the stem and I see it's not quite plumb. I should have glued up the lamination on a flat table rather than in situ. So I'm trying to decide how offended I am by the issue and if it's bad enough, what I'm going to do to correct it. Probably time I reached a decision, and got on with it...
  9. I like the way you think @Don Silsbe....!
  10. I was kinda interested to see the detail of the planking so I haven't done that yet. I probably will since my handiwork leaves a bit to be desired.... I haven't varnished the transom yet, just 3 coats of resin...
  11. I recently made a couple of new workbenches with Valchromat tops. I had a bit of spare resin at one point so I rolled it on. The valchromat soaked it right up so I put a second coat on - then just for fun a third. By then it was a bit lumpy so I got my sander loaded with 240 grit, smoothed it out quite well. If something is good, more is better, so I raked through the sandpaper drawer and went to 320/500, then for even more fun 800/1200 and finally 1500 grit. it really does feel amazing. So then a mate popped over and suggested i try that on the hull. I did, and yes it's quite interesting; no sheen at all, but super smooth. Downside is it's no-where near as hard, so probably not practical.
  12. So time to get her the right way up. Still another coat yet to go on the bottom, but time to add wood. I recall @Hirilonde's quote "now all I got to do is a whole lot more....".
  13. Well.....! I have some carbon masts ready to go. but the further i get into it, I find i am more accepting that it's not a racing boat, and while carbon is light, it ain't traditional. I happen to have a couple of 6M lengths of yellow cedar that would shape up OK too - so still thinking about the Ken.
  14. Then a lick of paint... I've used a roller on 2 pot Perfection. I've not really done much painting before so I expected a few issues. Getting into the fillets was the tricky bit - and obviously a skill to be acquired. However by the time the recommended three coats are on, it will probably look acceptable. @Hirilonde - I took your advice Dave - if I don't like a varnished transom, I can paint it any old time.
  15. A Tabernacle has the advantage that your mast is fixed in place so there’s not the same faff involved in tying it on when getting ready to trailer home, and it provides a secure ‘Centre’ pole if you are going to throw a tarpaulin over boat and trailer to protect from weather. That’s the good side. The downside? They look a bit agricultural? And there are simple ways to secure the mast to a jockey inserted in the mast step… I know your masts are light - AYC - what do you estimate the finished weight (and length) will be compared to your Flying Scot? Easier to manage? Not a fan of the tabernacle personally, but then not a fan of sprits messing sail shape either. So I’m going booms - or possibly a heavy bottom batten a la Hobie style. To put this in context, this is from a guy who has raced small dinghies since before the Crimean War and still needing to adapt to a different type of sailing…
  16. War a beautiful colour Doug Fir is.... AYC is a lovely timber, but the colour ain't as nice.
  17. I was going to post a pic of a beautifully(?) painted white hull today. I really was. But, well it turns out Don was right. I was listening to a Pink Floyd song (yes, that dates me) , a long board with a bit of 80 grit on it in hand. I knew I would be getting close to the wood, but stepping back I saw a couple of spots where I had actually gone right through. But there were still some shiny spots nearby too. A gloss finish and a long board is a very sobering experience. There were a few other little dings I was mostly aware of, a few I hadn't seen so... I kept going... Now most of the wobbles seem to have gone - until next time huh Don? So now I guess I'll fill the dings, and put another gloss coat on. And sand that back. and repeat...? No, I think at some point you have to accept there are going to be imperfections, mistakes even, and remember it's a boat to be sailed, not an heirloom, not a piece of fine furniture. Summer is coming up, I want to get on the water - and there's still a lot of work to do. Delighted to read there is a kit coming... it might be a bit unadventurous but as Dave noted, the Lapwing is a perfect dayboat, so maybe, I can sail this one while building a second... Not sure what the marital committee would have to say about that, but forgiveness is a wonderful thing!
  18. I'll start with a coat of paint this Friday - see if Don is right - too many more undulations that i can't just ignore them! Really looking forward to turn the beastie over and starting too put some more wood in.... Thanks guys for the comments - advice gratefully received.
  19. So I think I have pretty much got the exterior of the hull as good as I am prepared to go. Seems you could go on forever, but there are fair winds coming, and I want to catch a few of them while there is life in the limbs. And get some fresh air in the lungs rather than epoxy fumes!
  20. I just applied a coat of epoxy - see pics - yes - you are right - a few more undulations. Hard to know where to stop really....
  21. Nice too see another Lapwing! I'm slowly grinding away on mine, and as Dave notes, spiling takes a lot of work and it's not easy to get right. I think a kit makes great sense. Still, I'll get the first coat of paint on the hull this week, then we can turn her over and start the inside. Keep posting!
  22. bend the strip first - excellent piece off advice - i wouldn't have thought of that...
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