I’m an excited man. I received the plans from Glen-L Marine yesterday for my next boat – a 12′ 3″ runabout called a Flying Saucer. The plans, let alone the boat, are a thing of beauty. It’s all printed on blueprint paper, so there’s a warning attached to not expose the plans to extended sunlight […]
And on a final note here’s a great photo of me and my son Harper on the boat. The photo was taken by Pete Notman, a Minimax builder and racer himself. Thanks Pete.
Well, I made it. The boat is strapped to the roof of the car. Thanks to everyone who offered to help come round and paint. Your assistance was not required this time. I put the last coat of epoxy on the hull at 6.00am this morning. It was dry by dinnertime and ready to attach […]
The race is on and frankly I have no way of knowing if I will win it. Bloody epoxy takes so long to go off and according to the strange man at Barton Marine I need three layers of epoxy, three layers of varnish with sanding in between. When I’m painting I need to apply […]
Well, I’m nearly at the point of putting the deck on and clinching those nails around the bow of this tiny vessel. Tonight and last night I built the steering wheel pad, installed the stringers (the walls of the cockpit) and shaped and installed the compression struts (which you can see at an angle on […]
Made good progress this weekend. I have all the components for the internal bracing prepared. The only piece still to be built is the transom pad that the outboard motor screws to. A few modifications have been made (inadvertently) along the way. The two side pieces didn’t match exactly so I had to plane the […]