Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hydro stripping

We are in a big hurry to finish this boat.  It will be skinned in glass and painted.
No fine carpentry here, we are keeping it real and stripping it with pine.
The bottom of the hull will be done tomorrow and we will begin sanding and glassing...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pro GT hydroplane

While waiting for our building plans to be finalized, we decided to start another boat project.

We were expecting to dive into a sailing dinghy, our 12 year old decided he wanted us to build a race boat.  There are classes of these boats that race all over.  It was unknown to me.  So we decided on a class that is called Pro GT.
Now we are building our version.  It is a strip built racer.  Once it is finished and race tested we may mold it to produce composite versions.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sea State 10.5

Our new board is finished and ready for trials.

It is a shorter version of our 12 footer.  This board is 10.5 feet long with a 32 inch max width and a fine entry.  It has less rocker than the 12 foot touring board.  It is designed to riders up to 200 pounds.
Of course it is 100 percent carbon fiber.
The access port is a convenient location to store important items.
This board is available for a trial paddle in the Oriental area. Give us a call. 252 639-0147
It will be built on preorders only for the time being.  We will be setting up shop here as soon as possible.

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Fay Bond is a great hostess.
I can't believe July is over.  But August is here.  Enjoy it.
Here in Oriental a family down the street anchors the summer with a watermelon cutting.
Fay Bond and family started the tradition 49 years ago.  (That's 1966.)
The whole town shows up and it's the best watermelon you have ever had.

See more here:

Everyone's invited!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Here for the sailing...

During the summer especially and possibly all year, there are Wednesday night races here in the waters off Oriental.
Our neighbor regularly sails with the owner of a J 70.
They needed a third and fourth crew so Aug and I got a shot at racing a serious performance boat.
We helped step the mast yesterday and Jerry and Jim showed us how to properly tension the carbon spar.
Today the hull was wet sanded and a couple hours ahead of the start, we craned the boat in.
This evening it was all sailing with ideal conditions (12 - 15 kt wind) and 8 boats racing.
Here some photos:
J70 Shamrock ready for the races.
August is setting her down softly.

Captain Jim


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Harbor view

Harbor view in Oriental.

In amongst the tall pines...
Here I am walking the property and figuring out the site plan...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Port of Call

We moved to the lovely town of Oriental, North Carolina.
A few years ago we visited it on a family trip after learning about it on the excellent site:

We bought a lot down here and if you are interested in sailing, you should too.
Our plan is to build a home and then to set up a boat shop.
Here are some views around town and a Google view of the area.
Come visit!
Ingo having an evening sail in the inner harbor.
August is manning the chase boat.
Big and little shrimp boats are plying the local waters.
Soft shell Blue crabs off the dock

Oriental's town dragon swimming in the pond.

Checking out the facilities.

Snide signage around town.

The shrimping is good now.  The fleet is in.
The larger neighborhood.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Square Meter: End game

The last few projects I am involved in on the square meter involved finishing the non skid, another coat of varnish and a bit more rudder fairing.
My family and I have an opportunity to move to the sounds of North Carolina.  The owners have a rigger lined up to take over the project and will do some of the finish carpentry themselves.
Here are the last of my photos of this beautiful boat...

The new dynel non-skid got a light sanding and a coat of almond paint.
(it looks blue here next to our tarp at the end of the barn.)

The first coat of varnish will get a sanding an many additional coats.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Square Meter: Varnish on the top sides

The mahogany planking on the topsides is in fine shape with the exception of two planks that had some rot.  We replaced these and did our best at spot staining to bring them close to the old mahogany color.  At this point we sanded up to 220, blew everything off and started varnishing.
Here are some photos:

Before we got to varnish the house, we added 6oz glass set in epoxy.  This stiffened it up and stopped what would have been a leaky roof.
Ready to go. We dropped the straps before varnish.
The hull is balanced on it's keel with steel angles holding the boat upright.

The hull is getting a light staining above the waterline.
In this photo the new biaxial glass skin is visible. From the waterline down, we added layers of glass set in epoxy.
The boat will most likely be used for a month each summer, so this was the route the owners decided on.

Before and after the first coat of varnish.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Square Meter: Non skid deck

The original canvas deck was rotted but still intact when we started the reconstruction of this boat.  The decision was made to move to dynel set in epoxy.  It has the same fabric type texture but creates a watertight and structural skin that painted canvas can't match.
A toe rail will be added over the seam. You can see the texture in this closeup.
As you saturate the dynel with epoxy, it continues to absorb it for a while and swells a bit.  This brings the texture back to the surface and provides the non skid attribute.
Here are some photos:

After the epoxy firms up but before it is hard, it is easy to trim the cloth with a razor.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Square Meter: Rudder Fairing

After the rudder was trimmed to shape,  we sanded the surface in order to prep for fairing.  The vacuuming really gets the cloth tight to the tangs.  It is showing its ribs like a starving dog.
To smooth things out we will be adding epoxy thickened with colloidal silica and then outer coatings will be with epoxy thickened with West Systems low density fairing compound (#407) to ease sanding.
On other rudder rebuilds, we have used some foam with many layers of glass cloth to get the strength up.  This doubled over heavy carbon cloth feels as stiff as 1/4 inch steel plate, so glass cloth is unneeded. All we have to do is build up a fair surface.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Square Meter: Rebuilding the Rudder

The original rudder was fortunately with the boat.  This allowed us to fabricate a copy faithful to the original design.
To do this we had a 1 inch steel shaft cut to length and had 5 tangs welded on.
After we received this we were ready to vacuum bag on carbon cloth.  Once the cloth became rigid, we cut it to shape and over the next few days we will sand and add fairing to make a nice foil shape.
Here are photos to date...

The original wood and steel rudder is visible off to the right.