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Getting the floors sorted

The hull bottom is made from three layers 200mm wide strips of 6mm ply, cold moulded, the first layer runs perpendicular to the centre line, the second and third are planked opposed diagonally . This creates a very strong self … Continue reading

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The turning.

In an attempt to wrangle our lives under our control, we decided to sell our house (and huge shed) and move into the apartment above our business. It was a decision made for financial and emotional reasons, an attempt at … Continue reading

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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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Some history #1

While I get my thoughts together to tell of the past six months, I dug up a couple of articles that mean a lot to me. Please take time to read them both, they appeared in the Australian Amateur Boat … Continue reading

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Leading in to the lead and out

With the lead securely fitted, I had to make a ‘shoe’ that would lead the water into the lead and back out the stern, making the bottom hydrodynamical sound. I chose to use 16mm ply and laminated it on the … Continue reading

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Fixing the lead to the hull

Once the tiles were drilled and positioned on the boat, I could follow the drill holes and drill through to fit the bolts. I hate making holes in a perfectly nice hull, it runs against the my best instincts! It … Continue reading

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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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