Sunday, November 19, 2017

Documenting a Couple Construction Details

Choosing not to follow the Weekender plans and construction videos exactly results in consequences that require figuring things out some other way. I have used the Back Yard Yacht Builders and Messing About forums for many solutions. Touring Barry Pyeatt's Spirit Wind while he was alive helped a bunch, too. Which is where I learned about Racelite products.
The plans show how to install the chain plates after the rub rails have been attached. I preferred to mount them first. In so doing, I discovered a few things I had to deal with.
Situation Solution
Top bolt covered by rail may need to be removed for some reason Hole drilled to allow later access
Need for epoxy-embedded fabric beneath the chain plates Put strips of fiberglass on the hull underneath the chain plates

Situation Solution
No toe rail on the deck makes for dangerous footing. The plans call for a toe rail.
The toe rail in the plans traps water on the deck. I chose to drill scuppers because it is the most expedient option I could find.

Here is a Weekender without a toe rail.

If I were constructing Kingsfold as a boat building "show piece," I might have done a toe rail like the one on this boat.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Significant Progress!

The hull is in place, permanently. Seal up all the remaining screw holes and panel gaps and she would float, right now. Yay! That (not the floating part) is scheduled to happen next week when we permanently attach the rub rails and important pieces on the insides of the hull. Then we proceed to completing the cockpit and hatches, flipping it over for building and attaching the fin keel, …

And in parallel to the construction work, we continue to keep our eyes on the goal—successfully completing the full Race to Alaska in as short a time as we possibly can.

Safely sailing an under-20-foot boat to Ketchikan is a big deal. Ed and I are realizing how much more we need to do beyond getting Kingsfold in the water. We need to be comfortable in conditions like these in Johnston Strait and Dixon Entrance.

To develop the necessary skills we will need to put more time into training. That means we will only go for Stage 1—Port Townsend to Victoria—in the 2018 R2AK. But come 2019, get ready to track Team Kingsfold all the way.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Feeling Lots More Hopeful

Thanks to Ed's help, we now have all hull panels and rub rails dry-fit, waiting to be attached permanently!

She looks a mess at this point in the build process. But it comes with the territory; the mess is a good one.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Feeling Hopeful

While I may be the prime "mover and shaker" on this project, and the one who's put in the most hours, I've not done it alone. Having Ed's help last week got us much closer to permanently attaching the hull sides.

That will mark a major milestone, providing a lot of hope that this boat will be getting wet soon.

(Thanks, Raena Bahnsen, for the photograph!)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Continuing Construction Progress

The work I have done recently runs down the center of the boat. From fore to aft: the bits were permanently installed, the main hatch rooftop structure is dry fit, the companionway boards and trim are completed, a structure for the upper gudgeon to hold the rudder at the correct angle was installed.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Looking Ahead

These photos show how close Kingsfold could come to this year's Race to Alaska.
So it's keep plugging away at construction. Add to the knowledge we gained talking to other R2AK Teams in Port Townsend. Do the best we can to be prepared for the challenges that can arise sailing to Alaska (and even in just the first stage of the Race to Victoria, BC).

Monday, May 22, 2017

I can't do this alone, so, "Thanks" to:

Their sliding seat for rowing will make our chosen form of auxiliary propulsion (since motors aren't allowed) much more productive.

I researched pedal drive options because I like that concept. And a number of boats in the R2AK have made good use of pedal propulsion. But those units involve a lot more work and money to install. And they may not necessarily move my boat any better than a pair of good old-fashioned oars (with a nifty sliding seat—Thanks again, Gig Harbor Boat Works).