Category Archives: NIS

Some history #2

This is the story of Robert and Ian’s crossing to Tasmainia in Charlie Fisher, his 23′ NIS. Thanks to Robert and Australian Amateur Boat Builder Magazine for this rollicking tale.

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Working lead

Working the lead tiles I had cast at the foundry was a bit brutal, the 36kg blocks required a heavy hammer, solid benches, slow drills and a very deliberate workflow. Each tile had issues with the shape, hollows and lumps … Continue reading

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Still topping.

It is funny how I cannot give up being anxious over this hull bottom. If I were to sit with a psychiatrist I am sure they would diagnose some sort of obsession mixed with fear of completion. I am rationalising … Continue reading

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Bottom topped.

Is work/life balance a thing to chase? Is just the energy spent chasing it, or feeling like you should be doing something wrong, destructive? I am starting to think you can burn yourself out just worrying about the balance. If … Continue reading

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It’s not fair!

If you have young children you’ll recognise the other meaning of this exclamation. Actually it’s not an exclamation here, I did expect to have to fair this hull, but I didn’t expect to have to do it so soon… I … Continue reading

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Purbonding time-lapse.

I am still messing with time-lapse photography, I had intended for the entire build to be recorded, but the failure of the DSLR I had employed has left me high and dry. Leaving a replacement $3k camera bolted to the … Continue reading

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Purbonding

What a fascinating little product is this Purbond from Botecoat. It is much quicker to work with than traditional epoxy, or even e-glue. Just spritz down the timber with a mist bottle of water, spatula on the Purbond as evenly … Continue reading

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