Sunday, July 28, 2019

_____________________ FAIRING UP THE HULL ________________________

The first stage of fairing up the Zephyr involves plastering the hull with fairing compound. 

This compound is a mixture of West System resin, hardener and '413' grade powder. The powder is mixed in with the resin and hardener until the concoction has the consistency of peanut butter.

The fairing compound is then applied with a simple gizmo that looks somewhat like a plastic comb with wide blunt teeth. The mixture is applied thick and fast. Fast acting resin hardener ensured that within the hour the whole mixture was well on its way to 'going off'.

Stage two is the hard yacker stage. Its going to be all sanding boards and muscle power. The grooves in the first coat allow for quick and relatively easy sanding. The lay of the long sanding boards combined with a good eye will ensure beautiful full curves and a fair hull.

Stage three will be another coat of a finer sanding compound which will fill the grooves that are left. Additional sandings should produce a beautiful fair hull. I am very lucky to have the help and expertise of my good sailing mate Don who has previously successfully faired 6 Zephyr hulls. 'Slipstream' deserves nothing less than a beautiful fair hull as she undergoes her 60th year birthday renovation.

The big question now is: what colour shall I paint this beautiful fair hull?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

_____________________ THE DON BUYS A BOAT ________________________

My good mate Don and I have been racing an International Flying Fifteen class yacht together. We called this boat 'Borrowed' because ....... it has been a borrowed boat. We have done some work on the boat in lieu of sailing it - something of a win-win situation.

About a week ago we went and looked for the second time at a much newer and better sorted Flying Fifteen which Don has now purchased. We will be sailing her for the first time this coming Sunday. She is called 'Explosive'. I have been referring to the boat as 'Gelignite' and Don has been calling her 'Hand Grenade'. Whatever appellation she ends up with we are both determined to sail her well so that her performance doesn't end up being that of an old bomb.