Monday, February 24, 2014


After installing the cabin top on the boat, I cut out the access hole and climbed inside my now, completely enclosed boat,  I sat to look around and plan/plot my next steps and had a wave of nostalgia wash over me, sitting there, in my cool boat cabin (I almost wanted to sleep out in the boat, that night) I was transported back in time, to being a young kid building structures (boat cabins among a few!) with my friends out of all the bed sheets in the house, all the adventures we had dreamed,,,, what a great time, and not a care in the world,,,, so, for a brief moment (if only we could capture that magic in a bottle) I was a kid again. I have to think that the younger me, would think it is very cool,,, that his older self is building a boat, a boat for adventures, with my family & friends. 

After such a trip back into time, it seems only fitting that the boat has now named herself,,,
 "TIME MACHINE", and my mind, much like my younger self ,while thinking of adventure, is working overtime, thinking of the possibilities for boat graphics, maybe a bit of Jules Verne or H.G Wells. an image of rivets,gears and alchemical symbols.

My high tech clamping system while the epoxy dries.

On a building note: I filleted and taped the interior, but decided against fairing anything to save weight...

Layers of unidirectional and plain weave carbon fiber to reinforce the bow, there will be allot of force trying to pry the front of the boat apart.
I am going to use an aluminum bowsprit and mast for the first season or so, while I educate myself enough, to feel comfortable building everything out of carbon fiber.
These foot bensons should be bomb proof.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


The cabin floor has gone in. I did not go with dual bunks and decided I wanted a one piece, seamless cabin floor, I also decided to try out my new HVLP gun and pre prime the interior, which was a good thing, as I am not ready to paint my exterior with it, it would seem that I have a little learning to do before I tackle that. FYI: I am using Interlux Primekote and will use Interlux perfection as my finish cote. Read the MSDS sheets as this stuff is pretty nasty when sprayed.

I also fiberglassed the cockpit floor and used peel ply for the first time, take my advice, go with peel ply, it left a completely smooth beautiful surface, (I also figured I will leave it on for awhile, as it makes a really good drop cloth and will protect the surface). As usual I am behind on posting, and can say that now that the cabin top is done, it was worth the time I spent priming, and sanding is allot easier while the top is off.

 Let me add this, prep everything you can before bonding the top sides, tape 6mil plastic sheeting to the floor, wrapping up the sides, and you are ready to bond the deck and cabin top, with little care if you have any epoxy drips or runs.