Moments before ..


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


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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