Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Some interesting video links

Next best thing to being out on the water is armchair sailing. Video embeded the infamous Rodger Taylor and Ming Ming 2.

Fancy More?.....

A Dinghy On The French Canals: some mirror dinghy cruising

Land Sailing: A yacht attached to a trailer which is sailing down a main road!

Mirror Dinghy Cruising
Poole to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, in a Mirror Dinghy

Keep Turning Left : Download the full resolution KTL videos via Vimeo

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Quest update: foredeck hatch part

I have epoxyed the wooden frame into place for the forward hatch and today I cut the plywood top to shape. I'm pleased with it bit it all needs fiberglassing into place.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Forepeak mockup

I have spent a lot of time thinking of how I want quests interior to be, my aim is to have a functional, safe and strong cabin. Today was the first time I got a flavor of that when I put a few of bits together.

I am hoping to start fitting the forward deck hatch in the next few days.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Fiberglassing forepeak

Due to heavy sanding inside quest I am relining the hull with a couple of layers of 400g cloth and epoxy. I am hoping this will strengthen the hull and ensure longevity of the existing GRP.
It was easy enough to do but requires a lot of expensive epoxy! The cloth with red strips in is peel ply and makes a huge difference to the smoothness of the GRP once its cured and the peel ply removed.
Next jobs are to fix a watertight hatch to the foredeck and fit a watertight bulkhead with hatch.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Foredeck support

The last few weeks has seen a little bit more progress on quest. The support for the foredeck is in, i am going to do this throughout the underside of the deck throughout the boat as the fiberglass is very thin, the blocks will have cleats/padeyes attachments for securing loose items. I have also started prepping to fiberglass the inside of the hull.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Filling a hole

Even most laymen would agree that a hole in boat is not a good idea, so why is it that sailors pepper their boats with holes to resemble swiss cheese?
Of course some such holes are essential, owing to a boats major flaw - anything thats not screwed down is going down (to the seabed).  Whilst this is the case, the real art form of boat restoration is working out what is an essential hole or a mere black and decker after thought.
One such hole on quest is the anchor chain inlet, I intent to get the anchor warp out a watertight compartment when I need it and keep the anchor lashed down on the foredeck.
I used the extensive west system repair guide (available as PDF download from there website) to fix the 7cm hole. Essentially I sanded a 12:1 bevel in the surrounding GRP and cut out 6 layers of tapering fiberglass to fill it from the top and 2 layers from the bottom. I used peel ply to keep it smooth and save on sanding.
But thats enough from me, a picture says a thousand words and it that's not enough read the west system guide.