Railings and oak


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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A shift


What a wonderful summer it is outside. We just celebrated the summer solstice and nature is in a youthful bloom.  It’d be perfect for a day two on the sea, sailing!

To get to the sea, we need to start ticking thigs off our to-do list. School is done, so there is potential for vacant weekends or weekdays.

We started off by transporting the boat back to where it was created: the garage. It was a bit sad seeing Kvark back home, since it was such an effort getting it out of home. Nevertheless, infrastructure is much better at the garage, electricity, large hardware stores, tools and whatnot.

So, we have decided:
1) To antifoul. That is simply to paint everything below the waterline with a paint uncomfortable to marine-life. This requies subtasks:
1.1) Wash and scrub the waterline of dirt
1.2) Sand
1.3) Paint with epoxy primer
1.4) Paint with antifoul

2) We have decided to add railings to the fore deck since it is uncomfortable to maneuver on deck otherwise. Especially for guests. We have the steel. The subtasks are:
2.1) Fix welder (one of two windings is toast)
2.2) Build frames
2.3) Fix frames

3) Add ventilation to cabin hatch. Ventilation is really poor at the moment, nonexistent to be precise. So we are going to add a simple grill to the cabin hatch. This way we avoid cutting a hole into the hull. No significant subtasking here.

4) Attend to the sails. The main problem here is that we still have not have Kvark on water with proper, custom made sails. Thus we have yet to discover optimal performance metrics. We are trying to our best to get this solved.

5) Touch up the varnish here and there. Subtasks:
5.1) Sand
5.2) Varnish

And.. here is some eye candy:

So, next post will hopefully be soon and document our progress towards the ultimate goal: the sea.

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The list of things still to do

Hello, sailors!

Sorry for the slack in post-production. I intended to write a small article every month starting from January, but I failed. Graduation deadlines are pressing hard and I’ve had no time to write anything meaningful. It does take time.

I visited Kvark by the lake on the 3rd of May. And I was really glad to see it, smell it and touch it. It has definitely survived the winter. I had a peek under the cover. The varnish (LeTonkinois) is peeling off slightly from here-and-there. So that will have to be refurbished.

I plan on starting work on Kvark as soon as I get my university stuff done. That is around 2-3rd of June. I have decided to simply antifoul the hull, attach a railing, check and refit any critical rigging assets and then call it OK for launch. I’ll have to take the word of smarter people that barnacles do not grow in the dark (they need flowing water) and thus I shall not plug up the water-ballast tanks. We are not going into tropic waters this season and the shipworm teredo navalis is not an issue in the near Baltic due to low salinity and cold winters. Lets have the pictures:

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