Sunday, April 26, 2015

Daggerboard trunk (2)

Two more hours to cut and rip all pieces necessary to build the daggerboard trunk. As you can see in the pictures, the framing lumber is pretty thick so this is likely to be the strongest piece of the whole boat.

This view shows the bottom side, framed in 2x4s which will be glued and screwed to the bottom

while this shows the upper part which will be glued to the low side of the sole.

Total work time to date: 270 hours

Daggerboard trunk (1)

The construction and subsequent installation of the daggerboard trunk is described both on the plans and in the instructions. As already happened, though, there are several ambiguities: first of all, the plywood thickness is specified to be 1/4" (6 mm) on the plans and 1/2" (12 mm) in the instructions. We decided to use the 3/8" (10 mm) plywood. Also the installation sequence is pretty different in the two sources. So we spent quite some time studying the drawings and reading the instructions, and will probably develop our own sequence.

On saturday morning we spent a couple of hours studying the plans and cutting the pieces for the daggerboard trunk. Here are the two sides made of 10 mm plywood

and here the sides with the two spacers in between

Total work time to date: 268 hours

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Back at it

Here we are again after one idle (boatwise) month. Just one hour yesterday to adapt the aft floor panel to the boat. The photo shows the cutting line: the original panel was drawn according to the dimensions shown on the plans but there was no way to force it into the hull both lenghtwise and widthwise.

Total work time to date: 266 hours

Friday, April 10, 2015


Not much done lately. During the Easter period Cinzia went away for a sailing week, and the weather at home was so miserable and cold that the shop was very uncomfortable to work in.
Now we both are in Vienna for a conference and will be back in a week or so. But we do think about the boat all the time!