100 holes

I wrote some time back about not wanting a couple hundred holes in the hull for little bolts to hold the trampoline net lashing eyes. But it was surprising how many hours – close to 100 – went in to affixing, fairing in, and hole-notching these 48 attachment points for the nets along each side. And of course the same thing was done on both sides of all four beams, with the float decks still to get theirs. This is one of those tasks that gets a single paragraph and small drawing in the plans but will have taken us a month in labor hours all-in. Yikes

Here’s how it looked after drilling holes 3/4 thru from the top then finishing the hole upwards via the pilot hole extending thru the 1″ hollow hole saw. This hourglass shape then needed to be cut on the perpendicular using the multi-tool saw blade. The point is to get a Vee shape so the lashing lines can enter and exit the tubes at 45 degree angles. The lines will wrap around a skinny fiberglass rod placed inside the tube.


We took a break today and visited the Master Mariner’s wooden boat show at the Corinthian in Tiburon. Colin, Jeanne and I each had different favorites. Origami raced against Yucca many times, and getting to meet Hank Easom aboard his lovely, fast war machine was great. We toured Eros, the 105′ schooner rebuilt by a marvelous couple through their 60’s and 70’s, and now touring the Western Hemisphere. Jeanne wants a light prism in our boat, just like big Eros’ cabins.


Perhaps the best part was meeting the owners and seeing the pride they take in caretaking their ships made of wood.
And I think we’ll lift an idea right off the oldest active sailboat in California. The Spaulding Wooden Boat center has just relaunched Freda after an 8 year rebuild – those volunteers and staff took the entire boat apart to repair extensive damage/rot.

The ah-ha was seeing the cabin top grab rails. I’ve been fretting over needing them but not wanting another bulky looking element on deck…

Thinking the modern version of these things on Freda would be sleek carbon anchors every three feet and some nice grey no stretch dyneema line. Thinking about it, anyway.

But the best part of the day was watching Mrs. Carter take the helm as we went out sailing this afternoon, and show Colin and I what she had learned in her May/June ASA sailing course. The bay kicked up a steady 20kt wind, 5 big cargo ships, 4 ferries and a LOT of sailboat traffic to mess with the driver, but she plowed ahead like a champ. Practice makes perfect, so we’ll be bugging Dad to get the Catalina30 out more often :). Go Jeanne!

Back to work

Well, the contract work and family healthcare issues have consumed June’s workshop hours. Did manage to sneak in a few hours for fairing work here and there. And on Victoria Day in Canada, the intrepid Stephen Marcoe picked up our mast near Toronto and headed west. The stick is close now, about 250 miles away in northern Cal. Stay tuned for more on that. And for those who are smart enough to buy a finished boat, Stephen has a great one up on eBay right now. Check out the Contour 34 Trio listing.


This is the finished product of the spinnaker pole mounting base. The big aluminum tangs extend four inches in to the bow with a bunch of reinforcement webs in there. I think I’ll make the pole out of carbon instead of the original aluminum plans.

The daggerboard is finally done and it was a great way to really learn proper longboard fairing. That exercise should make the below-the-waterline hull fairing go much better. Board photos will come after some primer is applied this weekend. We’re quite happy with the final shaping.

It’s good to be back at the boat work. Onward and upward towards the launch.