Category Archives: Boats

All things floating

Keel finally attached again

After numerous adventures with the keel construction –the keel is made of very poor quality cast iron– , it was finally reattached to the boat yesterday. 8 new keel bolts are in place to make sure it won’t fall off. … Continue reading

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Motor controller, charger and DC converter arrived.

Motor controller, battery charger and DC-DC converter arrived from china today.

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Engine and saildrive installation

Got the sail drive installed and created an engine seat.

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First layer of paint

Finally, after many hours of grinding and filling and grinding and .. , I got to do some painting. The first layer of color made me happy and unhappy at the same time. The color is good!! … but looking … Continue reading

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Saildrive with electric motor

Just a few pics of the saildrive and motor.

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New solar cells

I ordered a second batch of solar cells. Along with more poly crystalline cells for creating additional small panels, I got some mono crystalline ones also. These are quite a bit thinner than the poly crystalline ones though surprisingly not … Continue reading

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Ramp up the voltage

I’ve chosen to run the electric system on board “Wahine” at 36V rather than 24V. Mainly, so I can get sufficient revs. from the electric engine. In order to charge the batteries at this voltage, you need something like 41V. … Continue reading

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Three names

Removing old layers of paint is like traveling through time. First, I’ve discovered the yard number of my Waarschip 730 is 61 and later that she was once called “Quator Spinae”, which I cannot figure out the meaning of, despite … Continue reading

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Some images in April

Here are some images of the jobs done on the boat in April. Some of the jobs done are: Completing triplex deck Keel fairing repair Sanding the teak in the cockpit and impregnating with teak oil Creating saildrive mount Planing … Continue reading

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Drilling through the hull to mount the saildrive

Somewhat of a ‘here we go!’ moment to put the drill to the bottom and go straight through! Reminds me of the joke: “What does a belgian (fill in your neighbouring countryman here) do when his boat has a hole … Continue reading

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