10 Jul 2015
The mast has a lot going on at the top and I didn't want to start peppering
it with holes to mount the various bits of hardware that are going up there, so
I got a plate lasercut out of 6mm Aluminium - now I have discovered laser cutting,
I'm finding new uses for it everywhere I look. With the plate safely
on my workbench I could then trial fit, align (critical ...
06 Jul 2015
There has been so much going on over the last few months that updating this
has been a chore I've postponed. However I've been chatting to a few other F-boat
folk recently and have been startled to learn that people are reading this drivel
and, worse, getting ideas from it. I can't stress enough that the purpose
of this blog is not to educate, but to serve as a warning t...
18 Aug 2014
I've been working on lots of sub-projects at once, most of which are
still semi-incomplete. However one which is now complete is the bow-pole (or the
"boats nose" according to my 2yo daughter), so I thought I'd document that.
Hardware The pole as delivered by Multihulls Direct didn't need much, just
two U-bolts for the Screecher and Spinnaker attach...
28 May 2014
For high load items on the deck like cleats, winches etc. you really
need backing plates to put your bolts through. I've decided to drill and tap aluminium
plates where I can, partly because it looks nicer and partly because the lower
profile and rounded edges of a finished plate are kinder to your head when it
gets rough, or when you've nipped below to mix your eighth G...