Diary

As mentioned before I started my boatbuilding experience with a course at the school for boatbuilding. See measuring the original for pictures.

The lines and history of the boat we used as learning object were appealing to me. Besides the size also seemed managable for a first time project, so I decided that if I got the chance I would build me one.

Start; Spring 2006;

From the actual sized drawings a copy was made to cardboard to create the shapes of the molds. Thes could then simply be copied onto plywood. Thing to remember here is that the measurments were taken on the outside of the original. To make a correct copy I should have taken the thickness of the strips into account to create the molds. I have chosen not to do this and create a little bit wide boat.

From a nice piece of oak the stern was made. There where the strips meet the stern a groove was cut out This was made easy because when making the drawing we had already ligned out where the planks would meet the stern. This groove creates a bigger glue surface to the stern.

Also the transome was made. It is made out ouf 3 planks of mahogany, joined with glue and small strips let in by using a router.

Summer 2006;

The school for boatbuilding had just moved and the old building was still vacant. Since the first thought was it would be difficult to find new tenants, since the building will be demolished to create room for houses, I was allowed to use this. It is just accros the street from my home, so very convenient.

First the molds were aligned on the firm building frame that was left behind by the school, placed some wheels to manouvre it around.

In hindsight I am glad the building frame isn't any taller than it is. The actual building height is now just o.k. for me. To prevent denting of the wood on the inside of the hull the molds have been adjusted with a plane. The inner keel has been made of oak and the outer keel of mahogany and steamed into shape.

Just befor the summer holiday I was just able to measure the top plan. I have chosen to build the boat in woodcore but wanted to keep the top clear. I have chosen to make the top plank 1.5 time as high as the original first plank.

Autumn 2006;

Unfortunately the build stopped. The old premisis were rented out after all. Until I find another place the frame and molds have been put outside under a sheef of plastic. The transom was still not fixed so that was removed to prevent andy stains from the moist. Not an ideal situation.

In the meantime the top plank could be made in my garden.

December 2006

Full steam ahead. Suddenly a room was found, I could even choose. I now have a heated area, large enough to work around the boat. We arranged the work area and just before X-mas I could fix the top plank and the transom.

Because I didn't count on starting so soon I didn't even have time to prepare materials. And of course all boat loving and manufacturing Holland is closed between X-mas and new year. Fortunatly I was able to find a shop where they had just 1 Kg of epoxy available, so I coud start.

The first strips went on with some trouble, but soon I created my "third hands" that made it possible to lay up 4 strips at once. Since I had a week of I could lay 4 strips on each side every day.

Januari 2007

The more difficult part starts. At the stern the strips stand upricht whilst at the transom they are flat.This means a lot of torsion. At this time you cannot have too many clamps. Because there is not a single nail or screw on the strips every thing has to be clamped tightly into place until the epoxy has hardened.On a weeknight I can still put on 4 strips on one side.

Next week my large supply of epoxy, glass fiber, fillets, etc. arrive. Until now I have used approximately 2.5 Kg epoxy.

Januari 26th, 2007;

It's increasingly hard to reach, so I have to climb on top. I am just able to fit some clampsbetween the keel and the hull.

februari 3, 2007;

On 1 side the hull has been closed and I can start sanding. First with a grain 40 on the bandsander, then make it smooth with an excentric sander.

februari 4, 2007;

The hull has now been closed on both sides. The whole boat has now been sanded and the first epoxyresin has been applied on 1 side.

March 1, 2007;

After sanding down the first layer of glassfiber was put on. Unfortunately afterwards I discovered thatI had not sanded thorough enough and had some airbubbles underneath the fibres. These I have filled upusing a medical seringe filled with epoxy resin.

March 10, 2007;

After filling the airbubbles and again thorough sanding the second layer of glassfibre was put on.

March 17, 2007;

To prevent rolling of the boat in the water later on a pair of kims have been put on. Also when the boatis out of the water it will stay nicely upright. This is an addition not present on the original.The clamps on the picture hold the first decoration/strengthening strip.

Maart 31,2007;

With an elongated speeddril and a chisel a hole has been made and the drive shaft tunnel fitted. Theskeg has also been made.

April 1, 2007;

The Skeg has been finished and everything has been sanded again.The last layer of epoxy resin has been appliedon the outside. Only the skeg and the kims need to get another layer before the boat can be turned right sideup.

April 7, 2007;

After sanding the scheg further and removing the joints to the building frame the boat was turned over and sanded on the inside as well. Even without the building molds the boat keeps its form well.

After an afternoon sanding almost two buckets of saw dust remained.

April 8 and 9, 2007;

The transom has been rounded and the first layer of epocy resin has been applied on the inside.

Next: sanding, sanding and more sanding. In order to make this more easy I have putthe two skegs on small beams and clamped the boat with a spanner. Now it is easier to tilt the boat usingthe levers and without running the risk to tip the boat too far.

April 15, 2007;

The second layer of epoxy resin has been applied, still without the glassfiber, after of course intensive sanding.

April 17, 2007;

Tonight I have put the first glassfibre mat in on the starbord side of the inside. First made to fit, then clamped on and folded back. Then rolled epoxy resin on the boat and putthe mat back into the boat. Rolled very well to get rid of any air bubbles. Rincles can be easily pushed out using both hands. By tilting the boat I have no trouble reaching in.

April 28, 29 and 30, 2007;

A lot of sanding and the last layers of glassfibre were put in. No pictures taken.

May 5 and 6, 2007;

Again the whole inside needed to be sanded and the basis for the engine foundation and the top rim have been made. The top rim is as ornamental and for stiffening the boat. All clamps were needed again.

\May 9, 2007;

The top rim has been sanded down and primed with Epoxy resin

May 23, 2007;

In order to be able to hide the fueltank later on and to get some stowage I'm making some bulkheads with a small deck front and aft. Additional advantage is that this makes the bench in the fron section wide enough for two people to sit side by side. Later I made the fron bulkhead a bit higher in order to beable to arch the deck.

May 29, 30 and 31, 2007;

It took a bit of searching, but I managed to find a supplier of flat half rounded brass of 2 cm wide and 5 meter long. Again the boat was turned upside down to mount the strips on. I took advantage of this to put a layer of 2 component UV protection on. I'm glad I have a good mask, that stuff really stinks!

June 9, 2007;

Today the enging foundation has been placed. I was able to borrow a chain winch, so that I didn't accidendtally drop the engine thourgh the boat.

June 10,2007;

I want to round of the corners between the decks and the rim. Therefore I laminated two stripsand put them in to get their shape. I can just make it without steaming the wood. I again need a lot of clamps.

June 17 and 18, 2007;

After measuring everything a final time the bulkheads have been fixed in and the benches could bemeasured in. First I made a template of plywood, followed by making them in mahogany.The center bench has been fixed, to stiffen the boat for transport.

Juni 20, 2007;

Because I want to participate in an open day at the school for boatbuilding I have coated everything in epoxy no, so that the wood doesn't get moist again. From Saturday onwardsI have insured the boat.

June 23, 2007;

Have been attending the open day at the school for boatbuilding.I couldn't complain about the number of interested fellow boatbuilders.

June 24, 2007;

I bought a fuel tank. At first my plan was to put the tank in the front, like the original,but because it is easier to keep the fuel line out of sight I changed my plan and have put the tank inthe rear.

June 30, 2007;

Have made the rear seats to fit and have laminated two plies of mahogany for the rudder with a sheet of glass fibre in between, after having made a plywood mold first. I also made a bent strip as back support and finish for the rear deck.

July 1, 2007;

Finished the rudder, exept for the top as I haven't made the tiller yet. In the front I made a shelfto prevent that later on the space in front can be kept tidy.

July 3, 2007;

Made part of the front deck.

August, 2007;

After the summer holiday I started again with renewed energy. Have made the front and rearbenches and finished the front and rear deck. Out of the rear deck I cut the lid for the hatch,so that the pattern matches the deck. The tiller I made out of layers of oak and mahogany on a curvedmold, so that it nicely hangs above the deck and hatch. Also the engine cover has been made.The top of the cover matches both decks.

September 2007;

Everything has been coated with two component UV protetive finish. Quirijn thinks it is a pity that I will make a fuel tank in the rear compartment, he stil just fits in.

October 2007;

Almost done! Only a few parts for the engine (shaft seal, exhaust, battery, etc.)need still to be fitted The material has been ordered. Until it has arrived the boatcan be put in the overwinter location.

For the last time the boat is lifted onto the trailer.

May 2008;

After a long winterstop finally started to install the last bits. Since I am not very knowledgable on enginesI asked a cousin to help me. He also welded some parts for me, so that now the cooling water is going out the exhaust.

June, 2008;

First tiral run! The engine started almost immediately. After a little trouble in getting the cooling water in that is now also going well. No leakage, as expected. Backing up went without any problems. Going forward however was more ofa problem. The propellor seemed to be too big. I can only go fast and faster. Going slowly is a problem, at idle enginespeed the boat is still going too fast. I need a new, smaller, propellor.

July 2008;

During our holiday sailmaker Joeri Daniel from Enkhuizen made me a cover.

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