Posts uit januari, 2018 weergeven


Plans have arrived. All parts in scale 1:1. I need okoume multiplex boards 250 x 122 cm. This can last very good in humid environments. For most parts three boards of 6 mm and one board of 9 mm will do. I had to email CLC because of the fact that I could only find 10 mm. They said that this can be used without any problem. The boat will only be a little bit heavier (and stronger).

The boat will be glued together with epoxy. Because you need at least about 15-18 °C for hardening, the shed is not heated and it's winter now, the only thing I can do is to saw the parts out of the boards. 

With the plan on the board, I punched through th epaper in the wood. Then I connected the little holes with a pencil and used a Japanese saw and a jig saw.

Choose a boat

I have started a new project: I want to build a small boat. As a former dinghy (racing) sailor and enthousiastic follower of ocean races like the Vendee Globe, Volvo Ocean Race and the Mini Transat, I landed on webpages of some people who were building their own boats in the Mini 650 class. They used the 'stitch and glue' method. It seemed to be not very difficult. It is done with epoxy resin and wood. I built a couple of windsurf boards in the past, with foam, glass fiber and expoxy, so I have some experience.

Now I had to find the most suitable boat for me. My shed is 6.5 x 3 m and it should be made broadwise, so it should not be longer than 3 m. My first idea was the Optimist, but to get it registrated for races, it should be exactly like the plan. Not a millimeter less or more. One of the builders of a Mini 650 showed in video episode how he started with a small tender boat in order to get used to the stitch and glue method, before he would begin with building a 650-boat. …