Breaking radio silence

005 is back on the airwaves tonight after a busy month outside the boat shop. Some family health issues and the builder’s pursuit of the legal tender cut the boat hours way back. But now Mom’s leg is healing and the contract work with a friend’s company is sorted out. We need encouraging thoughts beamed towards Ontario, Canada on Tuesday morning as Stephen Marcoe pulls a Formula 30 cat on its trailer to the shop where our mast sits waiting near Toronto. Hoping to get two masts on the trailer that’s only expecting one, and get that long drive west started right away. It’s been two years of snafus in getting this 50′ stick “out of the mud” and I’m very anxious to show you photographic proof it’s been matched up to its boat in California! Stay tuned.

The daggerboard glassing and fairing has been attacked in little windows between trips to the hospital, etc. The whole project isn’t taking too many hours (maybe 30 ish?) but it’s going to be two months on the calendar this spring. One side is all ready for paint:

And the other got a thick layer of fairing compound just after this photo. Finished board seems to be about 100 lbs. I can JUST flip it over and move it around the shop alone.

Another small steps project done is the mounting base for the bow sprit pole. Again, we take a perfectly nice boat hull and put two nasty cuts right out front.


Before those cuts comes the molding-on of glass to make this bow cap. Mold release helped the unit pop right off when dried.


Here are the three fabricated parts ready to install…

And with the slices in the cap, a potential Halloween costume.


The cap got cemented on and the tangs glassed inside the bow forward chamber. Will get some shots during fairing, but this should be a great anchor point for the screacher/Drifter.

Today’s work (and recent past) is fairing in the net lashing tubes along the hull. Andy Miller warned this is tricky, and I hope these come out much better than the metal eye straps screwed in everywhere on older boats.
We’ll get photos when it all looks decent.

And wait till you see all the boat jewels acquired at the Garhauer booth inside the Oakland boat show. Spent an hour in there and came out with the entire package of sailing hardware. Two grand in stainless steel, strong and nicely paired with the 5 big Anderson winches awaiting their mounts. Gotta fair and paint prep first!

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