Now that the saloon settee has been completed we moved onto installing frame seven. This is the rear wall that seperates the main saloon from the cockpit. It is effectively an internal bulkhead as the turret roof and sides extend well beyond. The cockpit on the Sarah design is fully covered, a feature common to … Continue reading Frame seven
After a few days off last week to spend time with Pete's dad, while his mum took a trip to the mainland, we returned to the build site refreshed and raring to go. Since the last post, Deb has mainly been continuing with the laborious task of filleting the shelving that runs along most of … Continue reading Back outside again …
Now that the floors have been glued in place, we have moved to internal joinery. The Sarah design specifies shelving to be fixed to the three stringers immediately above the waterline along the length of the hulls, between frames two to seven. These shelves form the basis for storage lockers and are mandatory as they are … Continue reading Internal Joinery underway
Its been a busy couple of weeks since our last post. The highlight being a surprise visit from our youngest daughter Haley, who flew down from Alice for a week. A great mothers day for Deb. We took a few days off the build to visit Pete's parents in Hobart, but not before co-opting Haley … Continue reading Surprise visit and stern steps completed
Well we are into full winter mode down here in Tassy. Thermals and beanies are back on as we rise to 3 degree temperatures on some mornings. Actually we welcome the frosty ones as they generally precede a clear sunny day. Good follow up rain after last years wet winter, has kept the countryside fresh … Continue reading Stern Steps and frosty mornings
Autumn is well and truly upon us here in Tas. The days are becoming shorter and there is a chill in the air in the mornings. So far, however the settled conditions we have experienced for the last couple of months have continued, with light variable winds from the NE on most days. We were … Continue reading Beams continued
Our building mates had advised us that we would be surprised by our progress with the second hull. This has turned out to be true. In the last two weeks we have erected the frames, glued and screwed the keelson, chines and stringers, plus planed the bevels: a process that took us about six weeks first … Continue reading Port hull framed up
It was a big day for us when we finally completed the starboard hull. After fairing the hull we had a delay of a couple of days as we waited for the paint to arrive, which somehow got lost in transit. We have decided to use Jotan Penguard HB epoxy high-build as the undercoat followed … Continue reading Starboard hull completed and Port hull commenced.
Its been a good week. The stringers and chines have been installed on the starboard hull. deb has filled all the screw holes with builders bog and sanded them back. She has also sealed all the bulkheads and frames with the first of three coats of epoxy resin. Selah is designed with safety watertight voids, … Continue reading Framing up continues
Over the past two weeks Tasmania has let us know who's boss, in her own particular way. Sunday before last I woke at 5.30am to the sound of wind and rain. I checked my weather APP and was alarmed to see that we were experiencing 60 kph winds, from the east. Our build site is … Continue reading Rain, floods and big wind.
Its been 12 weeks since we took delivery of the timber and began lofting (marking out) the frames and stem pieces. Although we took great care, and Deb double checked measurements, its not until assembly you can be certain no mistakes have been made. So I was a little nervous when we started assembling the starboard hull this … Continue reading Starboard hull takes shape
One of the major decisions we had to make early on was weather to build the hulls consecutively or concurrently. We chose to build both the hulls at the same time. Four months in, we are glad we did. We have found that by batch processing all the various jobs, we worked faster. Each time … Continue reading Scarfing continues
Its been a very rewarding few weeks since I last blogged. Although, at first glance, it may not appear if much progress has been made, we have in fact been busy cutting, notching, edging & gluing bulkheads and frames. There are 23 of these things to prepare, including the bow-stem assembly, main structural bulkheads, and … Continue reading Is that a dolls house…?
The last two weeks have been busy on preparing the frames for erection. Pete drawing them up and Deb double checking, looking for errors. We are now into cutting, notching and edging, and I find myself wishing I had paid more attention to Mr Harris, my old high school wood-work teacher, as I revive long … Continue reading In the middle of everwhere…