With the beginning of a new year, I find myself reflecting back on the build and considering when the boat will be launched.Having started the build in June 2015, we are starting to forget some of details of when we first started. So with my best rose coloured glasses, I look back over 2017 and acknowledge that it was busy year on the build. It’s been wonderful to set the boat move along, like seeing lights installed, finishing the furniture, and starting the upholstery. But what stands out over 2017 is the work put into fairing. Fairing involves applying a paste, sanding it back, and repeating, and repeating, and repeating. The goal is to get the boat smooth and ready for painting. So for the prospective boat builders out there, may advice is to get help with fairing. Lots and lots of help. It’s hard and unrewarding work.
Looking forward, the question we are all asking is if 2018 is the year of the launch. Fingers crossed that it is – as we having a wedding to plan in 2019!
Over Christmas break, we worked hard to push the boat further along. We sanded and faired, and sanded and faired, and sanded and faired. The goal was to have the hull high built by New Years and we got there.
Here is a photo of the sanding team that worked tirelessly to get the hull high built. It still needs more work. But this is just the first of several coats.
So let’s start with some fairing pictures.
Part of the process is to seal up the hull, which we did. But by scraping off the excess resin and keeping the additional weight to a minimum.
And it is incredible to think that we are down to our last bag of bog!
And here are some pics of the boat high built
Meanwhile, I was busting building the engine pods.
And then Brad finished work, and high built the front.
Meanwhile dad was busy getting the upholstery sorted. The recessed lights look great.
And the final job was to high build the flybridge panels. To speed up installation, Brad and Julia have been sealing, fairing, and high building the flybridge panels. So when they are installed, we have some of the work already completed.