Kvark is salty!

Dear readers,

Kvark has tasted the salt of sea! To celebrate this occasion, I’m starting a new general direction in the blog, that is to put more effort into vlogging. People tend to like video blogs better than plain text. I hope you do too. So here we go, a short vblog no. 1 about launching Kvark to sea:

I won’t escape another text-picture post though,. That will follow soon enough. Thank you to all the spupporters that have gotten us so far!

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Moments before ..

Hello!

I tried a new title in the fashion of modern blogging-vlogging. That is in the lines of “you wont believe your eyes”, “there was something strange”, “I finally have it” or “moments before”.

So, moments before getting the boat to the sea – yay! We have agreed to transport Kvark on the coming Wednesday. But there are still things to do.

Kvark is antifouled! Well most of her, the rudder sheet and three smallish spots still need to be done. We also have an anchor! Without further due, the gallery:

And here is a test of the anchor:

Next up:

  1. Finish painting (including rudder sheet)
  2. Polish-remove sharp points on mast sailguide
  3. Complete handrail system
  4. Complete welding the anchor
  5. Complete the locking system for the hatch
  6. Install 360deg toplight on mast
  7. Get registered
  8. Get to water
  9. .. the stuff I forgot about

    All is good!

 

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Railings and oak

Hello!

Here we go, the push to sea has started. We have now a new railing in the fore of the boat. This is to prevent people from falling overboard and for fixing portside and starboard “lifelines”, the ropes you can harness to. We have the epoxy primer and antifoul for painting the boat below waterline. We finally have custom sails! With the possibility of reefing the mainsail! We never had a reefable mainsail before. That is exciting. We even have a liferaft and a ton of other equopment to get us certified and all legal. Right now, Kvark does not exist de jure, a problem for the state, obviously. Unfortunately we have to get Kvark registered as a category C sailboat. Categories B and A will cost 5k EUR at least, plus a ton of time.

Next up will be painting, fixing rigging the gear to the boat, transporting and … sea! We discovered some bare oak under the keel when washing off freshwater gunk from the hull. That is a bit of a concern. But as Joosep put it: the keel is meant to get it rough. So we are simply going to paint over it, fingers crossed. Here are pictures:

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