Monday, February 23, 2009

Nine sheets of plywood equals?

One good sized pile of Pocketship parts.
 All plywood parts except the large hull pieces and the transom are now cut out. Elapsed time for transferring the patterns and cutting out was  approximately 47 hours. 
Due to a mistake in ordering I was one sheet of 6mm plywood short. I used the tight layout however and have an extra sheet of 9mm. I was able to cut all the required 6 mm pieces with some rearranging except for the companionway hood and slide top. I have enquired if the 9mm will have enough bend to fit the curve required and am crossing my fingers that this will not be a problem as local sources of marine plywood are non-existent and I do not want to ship just a single panel.

The second photo shows a piece of the pre-finished teak hardwood flooring I am going to use for floorboards. The teak has a very nice dark grain and is not as orangey as shows up in the picture. With the tongue and groove ripped off as in the photo they will be exactly 3" wide. The teak is variable lengths so I will double up the floorboard cleats so that I have more space to nail in where the ends of the floorboards join.

The people at CLC  have created a forum just for Pocketship builders that is separate from the CLC forum which handles mainly kayak builders.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

How you going?

"How you going" is Aussie slang for how are things with you today. The photo is looking at Surfer's Paradise from the beach at Burleigh Heads on Australia Day. 

Got back from Australia on February 7th but combined with the jet lag and returning to cold weather was very unmotivated and did not get back to working on the boat until today. My son's wedding in Australia was fantastic ( for wedding photos ) and we cannot wait to go back for another visit (or maybe for our retirement years?).  

Even though I have been slow to get back to boat building I did go through the manual and make a list of all the sailing hardware I need and ordered almost all of it from The Chandlery in Ottawa. They have a lowest price guarantee and also have a sale this month with 15% off their regular low prices.  

Thanks to Hendrik in Sydney, Australia who recommended a Tajima pull saw for cutting plywood. I went to a Bunnings (an Australian Home Depot clone) and purchased one for $22 ($18 Cdn).  My one suitcase must have been interesting when it went through the X-ray scanner at security. Six bottles of wine , assorted strange shaped souvenirs, and then a big saw blade.