Monday, 30 June 2014

Kayak Snettisham

Myself and Ryan went for a cheeky paddle on the wash at Snettisham, great views accross the wash (I could see the boston stump with the binocs over 20 miles away. Whilst the weather was nice, there were some small waves due to the northerly wind direction although Ryan did a fantastic for his first ever sea kayak session. 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Quest is off her trailer (again)

Quest is off her trailer again, it was very easy to slide her off the trailer with the aid of my metal ramps (really glad I invested in them!) . I have removed the port side keel today so it can be cleaned and then faired with epoxy. Then I will undertake the daunting task of sealing the keel -hull joint using west system gflex epoxy and 3M 5200. At the same time I have continued to make a mess in the garage whilst working on the deck-hull joint.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Sailing an RS Vision on Rutland Water

It has almost been a year since I last went sailing and I have started to find it really hard just working on the boat without getting out sailing so yesterday myself and Ryan hired out a boat from Rutland Watersports  and went for a spin. 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Testing West System epoxy

I got a spare hour today to get the garage set up ready for doing a lot of GRP work and had a go applying some glass fiber tape to the deck hull joint.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Fiberglass delivery

So this is what £400 worth of fiberglass supplies look like. My first thoughts are that I don't have enough resin, I have to much filler and the fiberglass matt weights a tonne. Good job I'm not a quantity surveyor by trade!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Fiberglass on order

It has definitely been an expensive month as two major bills have been paid for, the sails and now £400 from east coast fiberglass supplies. I am hoping this will be enough to do the following jobs:

- gflex epoxy in the keel hull joint ready for 3m 5200 sealant
- seal the hull deck joint inside and out
- reline the inside of the boat with new fiberglass (for strength and water integrity)
- sheave new bulkheads and tab them into place
- fix small holes/blemishes
- attach additional wooden deck supports

Determining the quantity need for the above jobs has not been easy, epoxy resin is not cheap but I am hoping I have slightly under ordered! I will need to make another small order when nearing completion of the boat. Thankfully as it is the start of summer this is the ideal time to be doing fiberglass work!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

New sails

Look what arrived in the post today! Some shiny new sails from Jeckells. The quality looks great but of course I will reserve final judgment until I get them hoisted. Cost was £494 for main and jib including delivery. I would have had them in blue but it would of been more expensive.