Monday, April 18, 2011

Building ‘Sharpy’ Part 65

Panel Pin Dispenser

Aft Panel

The weather played ball – fine again today! Therefore I was able to cut and prepare the forward bottom panel and glue both panels in place. There were a number of distractions by way of unexpected visitors and telephone calls, but I was able to keep the rhythm going, and after a three hour stint the job was finished. Just as well, because I was requested to meet my wife at Chelmsford around mid afternoon. While I was doing that, the epoxy was hardening. I had moved the boat to the front of the house where the sun made an appreciable difference to the temperature. It was 12 degrees Celsius by the side of the house once the sun no longer shone there, but 21 degrees at the front, and the house made a lee from the northerly wind.

In the Sun

From above

Maybe tomorrow I’ll be able to trim the edges of the panels and fill any gaps with epoxy putty. Then I shall be in a position to start building more parts within the hull, such as the butt joint pieces, mast support box, panels either side of the keel box and knees for supporting the side decks.


Brian said...

Small celebration is due Bill, you have a hull!

William Serjeant said...


You are right. I should celebrate. It's been a long haul, but I'm getting there. Thanks for the encouragement. Building a boat on your own can be a bit lonely. All decisions and actions have to be taken by the builder. When it's a new design like 'Sharpy' there's precious little advice about, except from Derek Munnion, the designer and Mr Anonymous who is building one in the US. When I built my Paradox, there was loads of info and bags of advice from previous builders.