Fairing, fairing, fairing

Fairing is the process of applying a paste or compound which when sanded, gives the appearance of being flat. It’s a long hard job, and one that we put aside for a few months. 

I recently bought some Technifil from ATL, to see if it would make any difference. So we spent the weekend applying it to the hull. And we are so impressed with the product. I’d recommend every amateur boatbuilder get some. 

On top of that, we installed the base plate for the anchor winch. And started to carve up the anchor lockers into smaller lockers. 

Here is a photo of dad applying the technifil


And a photo of the final result. It’s amazing stuff, it even filled the lines left in the faired surface by the sander. 


We built up the bow sprit using our Technilfil putty. Another really handy product from ATL


Here is a pic of our anchor winch


And here is the base plate, that we screw the anchor winch too. Glassed in place. And the screws are set into the plate with bog. 


Here is the reinforcement piece for the anchor well. We cut out the original middle one, to fit the drum winch. And had to replace it with two others. 

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Moving forward

After weeks of sanding and prepping, we moved the boat to the next level and began applying high build. And presto change-o we have a boat. 

Here is the boat before the high build. It was all hands on deck, with dad, Brad and Connor getting it ready. 


And here is the boat after a layer of high build


And a few more pics


We also had a go at using ATLs technifill fairing compound. Hence the blue paste that Brad is using. It goes on well, and we are thrilled with the result. Much better than west system.


Also here is a pic of the bow sprit extension that I have been working on for a few weeks.


And lucky last is the electrical work. We have an electrician coming in to install 240volt electrics on the boat. 

How will you get it out?

Our boat is built inside dads workplace. Physically, we can’t get the boat out. We have to remove a wall to take the boat out of the factory. Luckily, the wall is damaged and ready to crumble. So in preparation to move the boat in December, it’s time to start planning the big move. After many months of discussion, we have a plan and have started to mark out the cut lines. 

This weekend we also went on a shopping extraganza buying taps, showers, and a bunch of other things. We also progressed some more reinforcements of the transon. Readying it for the installation of motors. 

Let’s start with the photos. Here is a photo of brad installation the new cupboard under the stairs


And here is some photos of the transom reinforcement 


Last but not least, is a photo of the front of the factory. Check carefully and you can see the planned cut outs for the wall.

A bit of this. And a bit of that. 

Blessed with another cool weekend, we continued working on the internal fit out. 

Brad installed another electronics cabinet in the bedroom. I hauled out the water pump, only to discover that it leaked in 6 places, and spent a day getting it water tight again. Dad continued on the upholstery in the bedrooms. And then we finished with an extension to the transom.

First are some photos of the bedroom getting its first bit of upholstery. Just starting with covering cupboards.


Next is a few photos of the water pump, outside where it could leak at will.


And after a visit from the fellow who will install the motors, we had to raise the transom height by 8 inches. So, whilst we thought the transom was finished, we are back in construction mode and raising the height.

Busy, busy, busy

Fellow boatbuilders will know the feeling. When you have SO much to do and don’t know where to start. This was the feeling on the boat build this weekend. 

The cover photo is of my little nephew inspecting the bathroom. He was cute as a button as he started checking out all of the nooks and crannies. 

With a focus on internal fitout, do we concentrate on bedrooms, bathrooms, or the galley? Well, we did a little bit of everything. 

In the bedrooms, Brad finished the cupboards upon the bed. He installed panels, sanded them, and they are now ready for upholstery.

In the lounge room, we think, we have picked out the material. Well, we are down to three options. 

In the bathroom, we started testing the installation of panels. 

In the services, we gave the water pump its first crank. And it is SO quiet!

First cab off the rank is a photo of samples. We are trying to work out what colour and texture to trim the lounge in. Luckily, dad is an upholsterer – so we have lots of options.


We have decided on materials for the bedroom, which is a white/creme with silver accent


I busied myself with installed some more lights. We have managed to kit out almost half the boats internals in LeD lights.


Meanwhile Brad was busy installing an “electronics / charging” box in the bedrooms. We needed a place to charge the ipad and iPhone. We put one in our bedroom, and it turns out that mum loves it and wants the same in her bedroom.


Last, but not least, we have photos of the test installation of panels in the bathroom. With only a very small effort of a few hours, we got an idea of the finish of the bathroom. How exciting!

Steps to success

This weekend, we significantly progressed the steps to the flybridge. We began by making a mullion to support the steps. And that took all Saturday. We made the steps out of a combination of Duflex and marine ply. The Duflex sometimes needs a little help and we are running out of scraps. 

Next we installed the mullion to support the steps. With lots of jiggery pokery we wrestle them into place. It is a fine balance between step size and step height, which I think we got right. 

Here is a picture of the mullion. Which is a reinforced piece of Duflex, ready to be installed. 


We decided to close in one of the windows, which fixed a design flaw in the bathroom, and allowed us sufficient support for the steps.


Next, we started to install the support in place with the help of out trusty laser level


Presto, we have a support bogged into place. 


Meanwhile, I busied myself cutting open an access hole for the flybridge. Having previously reinforced the cabin top with carbon fibre, it was tough to cut. Even with a new blade, it took some effort


Brad was busy playing silly buggers with the stairs. As mentioned earlier, we opted for a DuFlex and marine ply mix. Duflex, well, flexes. And we thought that the flybridge stairs would be a high traffic area. So we reinforced with Marine ply.


Finally, the end product. Our stairs!

Baby – we are back

Boat building is tough. It’s dusty. It’s dirty, and the hours are long. So, we took a break – oh and it was Brads 50th as well! We ditched the safety google, fibreglass encrusted clothes, and resin for a cruising holiday. 

We spent seven glorious days bareboating through the Whitsundays. We hired a huge power catamaran to learn more about how power cats handle. We discovered so many beautiful places in the Whitsundays. And we reapproached the boat build we new eyes. 

Since the holiday, we have decided to revisit our engines – perhaps moving to drive by wire. And we have ditched the flybridge entry in favour of more traditional stairs. 

But let’s start with a beautiful Whitsundays picture, taken at dusk, in Macorn bay 


Our and we saw a whale! Actually, we saw heaps.


And we feed fish


And had fun with the safety hatch exit


Ok. Now back to the build. I started with high building the front of the boat. I was happy with the result and managed two coats. Just forgot to take a photo!


Having fallen in love with the flybridge on the hire boat. We decided to knock together a copy of ours. And here it is.


Having loved the stairs in the hire boat we decided to make up a mock version. To see if it worked on our boat. 


Unfortunately, it didn’t work. They took up too much space. 


So we decided to utilise the stairs to the deck, and put in access up to the flybridge from the deck. We love the mock up. Next week, we will start putting it together.