Building a 17 meter aluminum cutter
Cap shroud chainplates03/18/2010
Plating in placeJules
All the plating is in place. She looks great! Better than great! This last visit was the most exciting yet... This is real! After years and years of dreaming this is finally happening. Slowly...
Almost all the plating on. On our side, we're primarily building the workshop and figuring out where the cradle will sit in the backyard. Next thing to figure out is insulation. We are looking at Mascoat. The stuff seems to good to be true: non-toxic, water-based, easy 1 part application, 2mm thickness for polar regions (!), flexible, lifetime warranty... Does anyone have any experience with this type of insulation? Hard to not feel like a guinea pig. We know the poly-urethane foam works. Now does this Mascoat really work as well as 3 inches of foam??? The other problem is getting the stuff here to SA... I hate to think of the import tax.
Builders are buildingJules
The builder's holiday is (finally) over, and we're happily back at work. The plating is moving along and we're working on the whole keel winch setup. Our shipwright is in town and the planning of the workshop and cradle at the house has started. Over the past month, we've received our shipment of hatches and portlights, & our Ramsey keel winch (what a monster...45kg!). Greatest Christmas presents ever (except for that one time I got a sailing dinghy!)
The 4.5 mm plating is tacked on. To experience our sense of satisfaction go to our '2nd visit to the yard' blog and compare pictures!
All the frames are up! Plating next...