Latest Thoughts on Diesel/Electric Propulsion

Some updated thoughts on diesel/electric propulsion…   According to the internet, more sailboaters are switching to electric propulsion. You will find “ground up” DIY systems from off-the-shelf components (thanks to the growing DIY electric vehicle movement) to full “turnkey” installation products.   Now, I am not about to debate electric vs diesel propulsion. But since …

Aft Cabin Head: Cabinet Installation

Progress on the aft cabin head: cabinet installation. This is a section of the aft cabin where space for the head is separated from the master bunk by a ‘wedge’ shaped area. It is the space highlighted in red on the drawing below. Besides providing cabin partition and storage space, the cabinets conceal mechanical and …

Slackin’ and V-Berth Update

Wow, I have really been slackin’ on posting blog updates. I will make a concerted effort here to catch up on the various paralell projects in the next few posts. The v-berth, aka “the garage” is mostly trimmed in. As per the last post, we decided to clad the hull sides with strips of hardwood, …

November Update

With the cold wet weather upon us, focus shifts back to the interior. This time starting with the v-berth and forward head. The V-berth is being planned as more of a “garage” for storage of stuff (sails, fenders, etc.). Stuff that could be wet and dirty. With that in mind, primary features are that it …

Prepping for Paint: Various Tasks

The big task this summer will be hull paint, if everything goes smoothly and weather cooperates. Numerous tasks for preparation: Sacrificial Coat of Paint for the Deck The original cracking gelcoat nonskid has been stripped off. This leaves the underlying laminate exposed to the sun/UV. One doesn’t want to leave this exposed for long periods …

Deck Grinding, Repair, and Prep for Hull Paint

The thick old waffle pattern non-skid that was molded into the original gelcoat from the factory, has all been ground off. The vacuum attachment of the PaintShaver Pro tool, that was used for the grinding, collected %99 of the material. When emptying the shop-vac, I estimate twenty to thirty pounds of ground up gelcoat/fiberglass. That …

Goodbye Nonskid

Finished grinding off the thick “waffle pattern” nonskid from the deck. Much of the delamination on the cabin top has been repaired. There are a few silver dollar size spots but I am not sure it is worth the work to fill those. But with the non skid now stripped from the side decks, larger …

Delamination Repair Recipe

Ingredients and Utensils epoxy with slow catalyst plastic mix cups mixing sticks syringes plenty of rags cheap masking tape cordless drill with bit slightly bigger than syringe tip torpedo level small ballpeen hammer black sharpie Take the hammer and tap the deck to identify the extent of the delaminated area. Try and find the center …