Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Wee Modification

Well, I thought I had one more fillet and then I could start with a couple bulkheads. But not quite yet. My plan is to eventually do some distance racing with this boat. Things like Round Whidbey, Northern Century, Southern Straights, Swiftsure,..etc. All those events require PIYA class 2 certification. I was going through the requirements and found that I need 2.2 feet of freeboard at the stern of the boat. Vertigo's freeboard is 3.5 inches too short. The only thing I can figure is to add on to the sheer to increase the height. So I scarffed some plywood strips together, did some marking and cutting, and now have a couple sheer extenders I will attach to the hull. This will increase the freeboard at the stern by just over 4 inches. Now I will be able to do the races I was hoping for--plus if I ever need to make an escape for Hawaii, this could be the boat!
Today I attached the port extension. For years, I've been collecting clamps--dozens of clamps. Denise had been wondering what for and frankly, I didn't really know either--just knew I needed them. Today a great mystery was solved and I now know what all the clamps were destined for. Besides, it makes things look pretty official and boat builder like to have lots of clamps on everything!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

More Fill-Its

Well, its official: The fillets on my boat are not pronounced like a cut of meat but are pronounced "fill-its". (Thank you Scott!) Now I can sound like a real boat builder when I talk about my project. So I now have 4 out of 5 fillets done. I have run out of 6" tape and Fiberglass Supply didn't have it in stock. I tried at West Marine--they had the 6" tape but wanted four times the price Fiberglass Supply sells it for. Since my wife has me on a budget now, I figure I'll try back with FS later. Anyway, the fillets are strong and the tape is looking good. I'm very confident the seams are now as strong or stronger than the panels. This is going to be a strong boat. I'm really enjoying this project, just wish I had more time to work on it!