Yearly Archives: 2011

Dec 30th … Happy Anniversary!

By | December 30, 2011

This is the first time we can remember being home this time of year … in 28 years!!  (And it’s our 28th wedding anniversary today.)  We have always been on our boat somewhere, usually the Gippsland Lakes.  Even our children (now adults) are feeling it.  Great weather, sun shining, mid to high 20’s, even hotter… Read More »

Windows and Doors

By | December 30, 2011

Noticed our last post was dated 28/11/11, just on one month ago.  It has been a slow month for boat building as real work has got in the way in December.  Our work is always busy in December so totally expected AND we do have to pay for this boat!  Still lots of conversations, planning… Read More »

Fairing has started …

By | November 28, 2011

The last few weeks have been all about getting all the inside ‘shiny-sheet’ bits and pieces completed, particularly around the doorways.  We’ve cut out the internal doorways now and measured for our aluminium trims.  We are using the same company who have made our external doorway and windows.  The external door & windows are powder… Read More »

Is it Halloween?

By | October 30, 2011

You would be forgiven for thinking I am in costume! Unfortunately this is a costume  that every fibreglass boat builder wears from time to time. It’s also the one that doesn’t appear in the article telling you what a fabulous experience building your own boat is!  Never mind, it was taken just after I trimmed… Read More »

We Have A Motor!

By | October 14, 2011

It all started because the motors were here, due to a price agreement 12 months ago. Then a good friend, Tony Borrell, offered to help fit one. How could we refuse? After all, we can always wrap it in gladwrap, and it does help to organize mountings for filters, strainers, exhausts, hot water and so… Read More »

Not in hot water … yet!

By | October 9, 2011

We have purchased an Isotherm 40 litre hot water service with dual heating coils as we intend to heat the water by engine, but also by means of a small Webasto diesel heater which will also power heaters in the main saloon as well as both forward cabins. This will avoid the need to run… Read More »

It’s Sunday …

By | October 9, 2011

Sunday is clean-up day, well, it’s supposed to be.  Neville is good at the mess, so I suppose I compliment him by being better at the cleaning up.  We can now see the saloon and the ‘couch’ furniture as I’ve ‘cleaned up’ this area this afternoon.  I can’t really help ‘hands on’ with many jobs… Read More »

Motors have arrived!

By | October 7, 2011

Very exciting …. motors have arrived! 29hp Yanmars, saildrive legs and Gori three bladed props. Now I just have to work out how to fit them! You can go to bigger motors but considering weight, fuel economy and cost I couldn’t really see the point. These should push it near to hull speed anyway and… Read More »

From little things big things grow ….

By | October 4, 2011

All the big bits of furniture are largely in place now except for the two sections inside each side of the doorway.  I am waiting for the doorway to arrive before glassing those two in so I get them in the correct place in relation to opening the doors, as these doors will be opening… Read More »

Our saloon …

By | September 23, 2011

Really looking forward to the saloon coming together.  We have put a lot of thought in to this area.  Our initial thoughts were to have a galley down (like our Seawind 1000) – more entertaining room up and utilise the hull space down. After much discussion, measuring and researching designs on other cats, we decided… Read More »

Half-way?? We think so (& hope) …

By | September 23, 2011

A few jobs conquered.  Know we’ve been a bit slack on our blog … thankyou for reminding us blog readers!  Not intentionally slow with the updates, just not as much to report as the early building stages.  But, I do know how interested and excited people get who follow these boat building projects … Neville… Read More »

Always something to do……

By | August 14, 2011

Recent fine weather has been ideal for further engine bay work.  A floor surround around the engine beds now provides a flat floor and directs any water to the sump under the engine sump where a bilge pump will soon be fitted.  We have opted for cable steering and have fitted both rudder quadrants and… Read More »

Winter Update

By | June 27, 2011

I’ve learn’t so much during this build, especially working with fibreglass.  Making the furniture pieces has been very rewarding.  Finding ways to make white shapes and then piecing the made pieces together to make the corners, walls, steps and cupboards has been tedious but very rewarding. Just had a ‘week away’ escaping the cold and… Read More »

Work goes on … and on ….

By | May 22, 2011

Thankyou Andrei for the reminder  … “No more updates on the blog everything is OK ?!” Loads of work happening, but it’s slow now.  No more big pieces being put together.  Lots of bogging and fairing, and sanding and gelcoat spraying.  Most of the joins have been prepared for fairing now, just weather dependent (you… Read More »

And you thought …

By | April 11, 2011

And you thought … nothing was happening.  Lots happening, including lots of thinking.  While we have purchased many interior furniture components from Fusion Mackay, we didn’t purchase the galley and saloon components.  So we are designing and building these ourselves.  Neville is busy learning ‘how to’ work with fibreglass and I just find the glossy… Read More »

A pause …

By | March 7, 2011

It’s been 6 weeks since we started building.  So much done … so much more to do.  Long days, many hours, kilos of resin, kilos of glue, metres of fibreglass, hundreds of plastic buckets and white rags, and endless hours of grinding (teeth too).  Not to mention the endless number of coffees, lunches and cold… Read More »

Day 21 …

By | February 9, 2011

Just 21 days … stunning progress so far… the kit is basically complete but it was always our intention to fit a large number  of moulded furniture components (from Fusion Mackay) and the installation of these has started as you can see from the pics. Fusion Mackay sell these components and we’ve had two of… Read More »

15 days …

By | February 3, 2011

15 days in … What a wild ride! The pace is fast and furious. Tom left for Mackay today as the kit is substantially finished and the fitout begins. Already we have installed fibreglass moulded modules for the forward and rear bathrooms, one of the forward bedrooms and a few other bits and pieces. The… Read More »

12 Days Straight ..

By | January 28, 2011

A few more assembly pics. The starboard and port sides have been added, furniture components have been placed waiting for fixing next week when Dodge from Fusion Mackay joins us.

Day 10 …

By | January 28, 2011

The days have flown by and there’s been so much progress.  We have a boat in our paddock! Lots still to do but so much progress in a short time. A big thankyou to guys who have been working with Neville … Tom from Fusion Mackay who’s our “expert”, Trevor, who’s pretty good at everything… Read More »

Day 7 …

By | January 23, 2011

Wow!  What progress!  Only seven days into actual construction and the images make it obvious that the progress has been extraordinary .  Tom from Fusion Mackay has supervised the build and with Mike and myself as his eager helpers we have flown through the build to date.  The weather has been absolutely ideal for glass… Read More »