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January 26 to April 19, 2020

Our InReach track from January 26th to April 19th, 2020. Chaguramas Trinidad & Tobago to Pocomoke City, MD.We were very fortunate with the weather this year.

Heading North

Well after 6 seasons in the South East Caribbean we decide it is time to move back north. We purchased a property in Maryland on the Pocomoke River. Riverbend Cottage is just that, a nice little cottage with a great garage/workshop, and a freshwater do…

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS & HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020

We decided to drive back to Minnesota for the holidays, to spend time with our family and friends.  The marina at Marco Island has been going thru some changes regarding live-a-boards (against our wishes) so the marina was pretty much empty of peo…

WHAT CAN I SAY WE’VE BEEN BUSY – LETS START WITH APRIL 2019

Last anchorage of the season April 6, 2019 heading to River Forest for hauloutBroulee heading for the barn April 9, 2019, then its pedal to the metal for a three day run back to Minnesota.  Of, course, major snow storm in Minnesota and Wisconsin c…

Hadtop Project Part 9

The top is nearing completion, just need to remove it, fair it, prime, paint and do the final install.Above: attaching and fairing the supports to the top.Below: Kirby prepping for paint. He will put down 2 coats of Epoxy Primer and 2 coats of Awlcraft…

Winter in Petersburg

Winter has arrived in Petersburg. The low was -5 degrees this morning. As you can see from the photo below, a fair amount of snow fell over the last week. SE Alaska is experiencing the coldest temperatures they have seen in the last 10 years. Through all of this, the boat cover seems to be […]

Christmas in Petersburg

Our Christmas this year is spent in Petersburg. Also known as “Little Norway” this is a a wonderful place for some holiday cheer. Getting here was not so great. We spent over an hour on the tarmac in Seattle while Alaska Air struggled to get one of the plane’s engines started. Not something that instills […]

Hard Top Project, Part 8

Moving along nicely, I think Paul has nailed it! The top comes out of the mold.Below: Paul says “if you own a Henderson 30 and break that nice carbon mast, don’t throw it out, one day it may come in handy” This is our Steelhead Davit with a Henderson m…

Hardtop Project, Part 7

Lay Up Begins!

While the previous post the work happened over 4-5 days in this post the work was done in about 5-6 hours. Even with the extra slow hardener (West Systems) the team has to work very quickly.

The technique is referred to as “Wet Preg”. All the cloth is precut, wetted in a bath then run between two rollers saturating the fabric and squeezing out the excess resin. The cloth is then layed out between 2 thin sheets of plastic, this allows the cloth to be handled, cut and trimmed as needed. To apply the cloth the plastic is removed from one side then the cloth is laid by hand and formed into place. Once in position the top layer of plastic is removed. Once the lay up including coring is completed the entire structure is vacuum bagged which squeezes all the layers together and pulls out any air and excess resin. The technique was first developed in New Zealand and is now a fairly common technique.

Below: Paul laying down a strip of  Wet Preg carbon cloth into one of the ribs. The plastic film has been removed from the underside of the cloth but not the topside……yet.

The center “beam”. This channel is hollow for solar and light wiring.

 Wetting out the Corcell® coring.


Below: Bagging the entire structure.
Under vacuum!

Below: You can see the excess epoxy being pulled up into the bleed cloth. Pauls says the pressure is approximately 9 pounds per square inch, over a ton of pressure on this structure.

Hardtop Project, Part 6

The support structure is mostly carbon/epoxy/foam core construction but the “flange” that will be bonded to the flybridge coaming is solid glass/epoxy. In the previous post you can see the planning and mock up of the design. This way Paul uses the boat…