Port hull ready for fiberglassing

So we are back in Tas after a busy but enjoyable Christmas back in Alice. A lot of time was spent doing maintainance work on the house, and prepping the unit for its new tenant. Most evenings were spent with the girls and their partners, games nights and good food. It was hard to say goodby. We have made the 2500k trip to Melbourne many times in the past two decades so it is second nature to us now.

Prior to boarding the Bass Strait ferry, we took a detour to Hastings to inspect Chris Guthrie’s Sarah, Outback Dreamer. Chris and his partner Michelle built her over five years, on their farm 350k from the coast, and had her trucked to Docklands for launching last year. Chris generously gave up his morning for us. She is a beautiful boat and a credit to them both. We were pleased to be able to reciprocate his generosity by taking a small herd of show rabbits back to Tas, for Michelle who is a breeder.

The mighty Outback Dreamer at the Hastings Yacht Club jetty. Chris and Michelle have plans to sail to the pacific islands in the future.

Up until now, we had never seen a grown up Sarah, so in a way it was rather surreal, but also very reassuring. The main saloon is bright and airy. The sleeping accommodation generous, and although we were unable to join stay long enough to join Chris and some friends for an afternoon sail, we know that the Sarah design performs well under sail. One aspect that had previously concerned me was visibility. The helm station is situated in the cockpit requiring the helmsman to peer through the saloon windows. I was pleased and relieved that visibilty was not an issue. In fact,  Chris told me he has no problems maneuvering into the yacht club jetty without using the overhead helmsman’s hatch.

After a quick lunch we went to Melbourne Docklands to visit Gary Groenewald’s (modified) Sarah build. He is just about to begin fitting her out, and is doing it to a very high standard. It was a busy Sunday afternoon for him, with many visitors and one wonders how he will complete her, as he is building her part-time. Nevertheless he gave us a precious couple of hours to show us his build.

Every Easy builder we have interacted with, has been generous and happy to share their experience, ideas and time with us. I inspires us to be the same, and visitors are welcome to our site. We feel blessed to be given the opportunity to fulfill a lifetime dream.

Since returning we have completed the Port hull, ready for fibreglassing. Next week will be a big week.

Preparing for the step, outboard well and bridge deck. Stingline and laser level was used to ensure accuracy. This partners with the main bridge deck that connects the two hulls so needs to be spot on.
Ready for sheeting. It’s probably hard to visualise upside down, but the flat sheet in the foreground is actually our queen size bunk.
This assembly looks innocent enough, but due to the intersection of multiple angles, is probably the most technical woodworking to date.
Outboard mount and well. Its upside down!
Two part filleting. Part one is a smaller radius high strength epoxy glue fillet …
Part two is a larger radius epoxy fairing compound that sands to a smooth finish. The rigidity and strength these large radius fillets give to the assembly is astounding.
Keel assembly glued and screwed into position.
Keel sheeted and …
bonded to the hull using the two-part fillet method.
Many hours of sanding and detailing to prepare the hull for glassing.
Transom detail
Next step, applying the fibreglass.
The stem cap is laminated and shaped from solid timber: collision proof.
Tools of the trade and lots of shavings. Shaping the stem, one of my favorite jobs.
Lots of touching up, prepping for glassing.
Rudder post installed and bonded to hull.

4 thoughts on “Port hull ready for fiberglassing

    • Thanks Chris. We have a few things to do before turn-over day: a couple more coats of primer and some fairing. Then the bridge deck. I’d be hoping to be turning them over around Easter, but will probably after that.

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  1. Wow thats some “detour” from Alice across to the other side of the Mornington Peninsula then back up to the Spirit! Looks like we’ll be back on the Spirit Easter Sunday before you get the hulls over. The keel view with the scenery behind, is that a distant Mt Roland in the background or not visible from where you are. Can’t remember from my younger days down there if it was visible from Port Sorell.


  2. Hi Anthony. Those mountains are actually behind Bakers Beach, to the east of Pt Sorell. Traverse those and you end up at the mouth of the Tamar River. Mt Roland is visible as we drive to Devonport but not until we climb the hills behind Pt Sorell. Generally speaking Pt Sorell has a NE aspect, Mt Roland is to the South, about 50 minutes drive. You are welcome to visit if you end up this way.


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