Thursday, February 23, 2017

Every Boat Needs a Workspace

Since we've been working on Autarkia down in the harbour, my tools have been spread between the house and the boat.  And I never know where anything is on the boat ;  Every task is diminished in its pleasure by looking for this and that, and stumbling around a mess of stuff.

I decided to put an end to that, and make my next priority job organizing the utility room and building a workspace with storage.

Here is the bench I put in.  It is very solid and well attached to the structure.  I still have lipped shelving to build over the bench.  That's next.  I recessed the lower shelve under the bench somewhat to provide knee space.  Now, we can sit there and work on a project, and leave it out if need be.  We can set up the sewing machine, use a laptop, work on a hobby - and most importantly - get away from one another if need be, and neither having to compromise on a nice spot to hang out alone.

While we are out today, I'm going to pick up a nice little vice to mount on that corner.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Autarkia's Bed and a Little Tour

Thankfully the snow and ice has left us, and - knock on wood - we are late enough in the year to have seen the last of it.

We have been working on the platform/storage for Autarkia's sleeping platform.  I have put it together with cheap plywood, and have not used anything to fasten other than deck screws.  This will allow easy dis assembly should we ever decide to rearrange things.

I put some reflective bubble insulation under the mattress, and have wrapped it in black plastic (because I had it) and taped it up with Tuck Tape to provide some protection for the foam.  We will be covering that with some old school felt horse blankets, bean bags and cushions to make a very comfortable sleeping and lounging area.


We found these rugs at Walmart. 100% cotton and open weave.  They fit perfectly with an overlap.  We're going to velcro them at the side of the boat, and put a weighted rod along the other edge hanging over so it keeps it taut and wrinkle free.  Oh, we took the plastic off.  Too noisy under the rugs...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Getting Back to Normal

Last week was nasty as far as winter storms go.

We were stranded for the whole week.  The problem in Mission is that we haven't any infrastructure to deal with the snow.  The city has a few salt/plow trucks, but the staff is unskilled in their use, and there simply isn't enough equipment or human resources.  And to boot, all day Thursday and most of the evening we were without power or Internet.

It did give us an opportunity to try out the oil lamps we bought for Autarkia.  I must say, it was quite pleasant to experience the quiet, and the warm light, and the conversation.

Today though, I was able to get back at it.  I put the off centre board on some horses outside and went to work with the belt sander.  I am fairly close to being able to glass the board.  There is a little filling and fairing yet to do, along with the piece of steel strapping that will go on the bottom to provide wear resistance, and attachment points for the lift/lower lines.

Lorri and I gave up drinking wine in the evenings and have replaced it with tea.  The caffeine has me deliciously wired and I find myself perpetually in evening design mode.

So I have been playing around with different sail ideas, and I must say I am really liking this one.  It is inspired by the Reddish design, but I have modified to have a scalloped panel at the top just because I really like the looks of Dave and Anke's sails.   The boom and battens all point to an imaginary datum forward of the boat, so the sail should furl correctly like a fan.  If this idea is still making me jiggy in a few days, I may build a 1:6 model of the rig just to make sure that it raises, lowers and reefs nicely.

With this setup I can get away with a mast that's 27 feet long from the bottom of the tabernacle to the top fitting.  By using a 6 inch schedule 40 aluminum pipe for the first 20 feet I can make the upper section with the fir lumber I have.

Jeff - a friend I met locally through this blog - and I are going to help each other make sails.  We have been (when I say we I mean mostly Jeff) doing a lot of research, and the consensus is to use Weathermax fabric.  More on that in upcoming posts.

Monday, February 6, 2017

More Off Center Board Flogging

We have been buried in a paralyzing snowstorm.

Anywhere else, where there is an actual infrastructure to deal with winter snow, this would not be a problem.  But because snowstorms have been a rarity over the last two decades in Mission, and also because Mission is built on the side of a hill, any snow is a problem, and a doozy storm like we've had over the weekend halts everything.  I gave up on trying to shovel any of it; the snow sticks to the shovel and doesn't leave it when you try to throw it.

So I went inside and worked on the OCB.

I laid the board on the bench and mixed up epoxy and wood flour.  You can see the colded rolled 1-1/2" bar is glued to the leading edge with PL Premium.  It all gets encapsulated with the epoxy schmoo.

I can only do one side at a time.  I'll flip it over today and do the other side, but yesterday I got the port side filled.  I'll fair it with a sureform file before any sanding is done.

I also need to get a piece of flat bar stock to make a shoe on the bottom edge of the board - for weight and impact resistance.  I think I'll extend the shoe an inch or so fore and aft, and drill it to accept the raising and lowering line shackles.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Off Center Board Part 2

The basic shaping of the board has been completed.  Per Dave Z's suggestion I roughed it out with a power plane (a vintage Skill 100!) which worked really well (thanks Dave).   I then used a 3x24 belt sander with the coarsest belts I could find - #30 - to finish the shaping.  Looks pretty good for me.

The wider leading edge is going to get a 5 foot piece of 1-1/2" steel round bar bedded and faired in with thickened epoxy.  Once that is done, the whole board will be wrapped in a couple layers of 10 oz fiberglass cloth set in epoxy resin.  The thinner trailing edge will be left flat and not rounded off.  Ideally, from a hydrodynamic point of view, it should taper to a knife edge.  But that would be fragile.  Also, if I rounded it off, this would create turbulence as well.  So it is best to square it off for the least turbulence.