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
Building a boat, especially one the scale of Selah is a fascinating endeavour. Prior to turning over day, the work flow was primarily in one direction. Now there are a number of ways we can choose to go, and we find ourselves having to consciously remain focused on one job at time. It's easy to get … Continue reading Frame 5 and 9 completed
At 10 am yesterday (Sat) around 20 people turned up to help us turn the hulls & bridge deck over. We were grateful that so many turned out to help us. A mixture of interested locals, acquaintances, friends and relatives. It was a three stage process. Firstly the bridgedeck, which was built upside down, was carried … Continue reading Roll over day happens
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. … Continue reading Port hull ready for fiberglassing
Building a catamaran is a bit like building two boats. Much of the work that has occupied us for the last four weeks has been covered in previous posts, but here is an update of our current situation. After taking a week off due to Pete's inflamed shoulder, we have been working towards completing the Starboard … Continue reading Rapid progress with the Port Hull
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.
Boatbuilding has taken a back seat this month for a much more important project ... the wedding of our youngest daughter, Haley. It was a terrific day and we are thrilled to have a new addition to the family, Sam. Prior to the wedding we were able to complete the outboard motor mount and hull … Continue reading Family days and fiberglassing completed
This week was about preparing the boat for fiberglass. We fiberglassed the keel with four layers of 300 gsm glass and a 450 gsm Dynell protective boot and fitted it to the hull. We also applied Q cell and faired it up, ready for painting. It was not necessary to do this at this stage … Continue reading Keel and rudder done …
Last Tuesday was a milestone day, as we completed sheeting the starboard hull. We are now moving on to the next stage, which is preparing to fiberglass the hull. Before that however are a few jobs to complete. The hull had to be shaped to accept the keel. Prior to sheeting I shot a laser line … Continue reading Sheeting completed … for now
Work continues at a steady pace, interspersed with family events and celebrations. We are close to completing planking, and on rainy days continue to prepare frames for the port hull, fabricate rudders and mini keels, and pre-coat the inside faces of the hull sheets, prior to gluing in place. We also completed a job we … Continue reading Not so twisted …
The last few two weeks have settled into a regular routine. Pete gets up at around 6.30 and heads to the beach for some God (and personal) time: breakfast, then off to the site around 8am. Tarps are removed, Rex (resident watch dog) is thanked for watching over Selah, tools are retrieved from storage, and a quick … Continue reading A great place to spend the days
Well Selah has survived yet another wild nor'easter since our last post. She certainly has had a baptism of fire in her short life. If nothing else, it has reinforced in us the necessity of building strength into every joint. On the eve of the storm I had considered pulling down the big tarp from the … Continue reading Things we do on a rainy day
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.
Wild westerlies with intermitent rain squalls have persisted for almost three weeks now. Luckily we have had plenty to keep us occupied in the relative comfort of our corner of Russ's joinery workshop. It's been happy family times, with much laughter and banter. Russ's advice and guidance has been invaluable. Soon we will have all the various … Continue reading Keels and coving…