Moving on forward

Change seems to be afoot. The painter and his entourage worked this weekend. The carpenter was busy. Brad and dad were busy. Mum kept the troops fed. And I managed to tie up lots of little jobs. I think that if I can summarise the feeling, it is nice to have help.

Let’s start with the food. Mum cooked up a storm this weekend. And it is so important, as we couldn’t work as hard as we do without keeping well fed. Here, is a snap from lunch.

And then this is us at dinner.

Ok. So, to the boat build. What happened? The painter, and his crew were busy re-fairing the cabintop.

Meanwhile, the carpenter was busy with Installing the doors and finishing the kitchen.

Dad got some trimming done in the loungeroom. And we mocked up the installation of the table.

We managed a cleanup of the back deck.

We stocked the cocktail cabinet with booze

And I installed the generator. It was a tonne of work, high which will never be seen. Hence, just a photo of the wall that hides the install.


It’s been a while between drinks

It’s been a while since I posted, because we have had our heads in the hulls and have been working. But the efforts haven’t really translated to interesting photos. But, this weekend, we had a few wins.

The kitchen is nearing completion. Here is a snap of the cupboards installed with laminex in place.

Meanwhile, the painter has started prepping to paint. How exciting! Accept that he is re-fairing everything. Again. 😬

Unlike us. He installed plastic to keep the dust out. Very handy.

Meanwhile, brad has turned his hand to making a sound box to reduce noise transferrance from the generator.

Dad has started fitting internal trimming on the cabintop. And it looks amazing!

The kitchen sink cut out is, well, cut out.

And the generator is nearly ready to install. We just have to install some pieces for it.

Moving on up

This weekend, we worked on the flybridge and knocked over a few more jobs.

So let’s start ticking things off the list. Water pump: Installed!

Hot water tank. Installed!

Stone base for shower: Made.

And now for the flybridge work.

Rear lounge: Constructed.

Flybridge front support. Kinda started …

Flybridge roof: Faired.

Oh. And the generator arrived. So it was a big weekend!

Oops … I did it again

Sometimes, you get so stuck in the middle of the build, that you forget to take photos. I’ve done it before, and I’ve done it again. We had a builder in all weekend, installing the kitchen, and I forget to take any photos!

So, whilst the builder was doing his magic on the kitchen, we started working on the flybridge and flybridge roof. So, it was back to basics on joining panels.

So, I started on the flybridge drive station

And then we started on the roof for the flybridge. And am so excited with the result.

It is more complex than it seems

My sister was down for the weekend. And she reads the blog updates every week. She had some criticism of the posts, that we don’t explain how hard it is. And this weekend, was one of “those weekends”.

My worst day on the boat was installing the front bulkhead. It was hit. I was working blind in a cramped space and had my right arm covered in tiny cuts from the dried fibreglass and (literally) up to my arm pits in resin. Scrapping epoxy out of armpits is unpleasant. Really, really unpleasant.

Brads worst day was installing the bridgedeck. It was hot hard work, that had to be done in a specific time so we achieved a chemical seal.

Mums worst day was baking the boat. She was afraid that we would burn down their factory and their house.

Oddly, dad hasn’t had a bad day.

So. Today, and this weekend was “one of those days”. We were high building and priming under the hull. The difficulty is that our hulls are flipped, so we didn’t have much space. One of the problems was raising the boat. We could not raise it much, so we worked where we could barely get a head in.

Brad sanded under the boat. And to be honest, it was a horrible job. It was cramped, and he was wedged in between the boat and a concrete floor. We had Julia and Connor helping. And it took about 3/4 of the day to prep sand.

Then we put on the first coat of high build. With dad helping, it took the five of us about 1.5 hours. Sounds short, but it was a long 90 minutes. Then we put on a second coat and wrapped up at 5:30pm Saturday.

Sunday, brad, dad and Connor (and I) were back on the build. We did a light sand, and then it was time to put on the primer. We had to give it time to fume, and put on the second coat at 3pm. With some primer left over, we gave the leading edges a third coat at 6.

So this is the bit that my sister encouraged me to detail. That we were working hard, doing shitty jobs at 6pm on a Sunday. But that’s part of DIY boat building. And at the end of it, the reward is a beautiful boat.

Now, for the pics. The primer is nasty stuff. So it was with full Breathing masks and googles, we got into it. The environment had to be dust free. So Connor cleaned the floors, and it was with closed doors, that we applied the primer.

Next, here is a photo of the underside, high built.

And here is the primer, on the underside.

And a little evidence to show that we work late into the night.

With the final result being all worth it

Another change of season

After months of warm weather in Sydney, we finally have had the change in season, which brought cooler weather. This has enabled us to work inside the boat again, and do some more work on the decks.

Saturday, I had Julia and Brad filling and fairing. Although it looks like they are sleeping on the job, this turned out to be the easiest way.

Afterwards, I had them refair the rear deck. It is getting close to being finished.

I was busy fitting the seacocks. It is a nervous experience drilling holes in the boat. We we needed three. Maybe a fourth? But they came up great, and look rock solid.

Sunday was fun day. Brad and I did jobs that needed to be done, but were rewarding. Brad did a great job applying more laminex.

And here is some of the work he did on the lounge.

And he started finishing off the doors. Only 4 more to go.

I busied myself with the plumbing. And installed the shower sump pump. It needs some more work because it isn’t priming yet. Nonetheless it took all afternoon to wire in the switches. And that’s another thing, done.

I don’t know where to begin

After months of sanding, it is a joy to do jobs that are visual and rewarding.

This weekend, we embarked on a huge cleanup. Three people spent three hours cleaning up months of crap. Meanwhile, we completed lots of little jobs and some big ones too. We fixed up bed supports, installed handrails, started fitting doors, put in plumbing, installed the fridge, and fit a tonne of laminex.

With so much work. I don’t know where to start. So I will publish the photos as I took them.

Here is brad putting pop rivets into the bed supports, which are pulled out and pushed in to support our beds

Next, are the marine ply supports for the seacocks. We have three. And it took some time to find the right depth. But got there in the end.

Next is dad’s experiment with stitched trims for the main saloon. We have decided to feature the trimming.

And, we finally decided on a bench top .. ocean breeze. It was mums suggestion, and it looks amazing.

Here is a handrail that I installed. It looks lovely, but mum wants it repositioned. Perhaps that is on next weeks task list?

Here is me, doing a selfie whilst installing the plumbing. Not exciting work, but necessary if we want hot and cold water.

Brad and dad were busy putting more laminex panels in the galley/kitchen. I have to say that they look fantastic. After so long, and so much work, it is great to see them finally finishing.

We weren’t sure how to cut out the space for the fridge, but then it came to us. We could see the outline with a service light.

And here is the fridge installed.

Next, we whipped out the door and a window to show mum. We are so happy with the product!

And here is mum checking out the door. It still needs to be properly installed. But a couple of screws will do for tonight.

And here is the door half opened. For any fellow boat builders who are following the blog, we got the doors made by Alfab in Brisbane. And are throughly happy with the final product.