Saturday 7 March 2015


I'm really, really sick of fillets. I figured that rather than grinding on with the interior, I'd flip the boat over and have a go at the underside. So today was flipping day.

We started by hoisting the boat straight up. Some Jarrah beams rigged between two industrial shelf supports provided a lifting point, and we used slings around the hull. Once the building frame was pulled clear, the boat is now hanging by a thread, as it were.

Then we slid the rope along the sling to rotate the boat. It was incredibly slow, hard work. Mogget's a little offended that his favourite perch is now at 45 degrees.

Mogget shows his extreme bravery by wandering underneath while it's suspended. His mum's knot tying abilities are nothing to write home about.

I was pondering doing more work on the fillets at this point. Much better access.

Here's the tipping point. There wasn't quite enough space under the beams for the boat sideways, so we had to lift them up a bit. I did this one corner at a time.

Everything happened quite quickly after that, so the camera was forgotten. Here's the boat resting on it's king plank and one sawhorse at the aft, after breaking the sawhorse I tried to use to support the bow.

A couple of hundred dollars later we had some high zoot-factor Kincrome sawhorses, and the boat was lifted again (this time from the centreboard case end logs) and placed delicately on the sawhorses.

Last step is to open a bottle of Kiwi wine (in honour of the Kiwi boat designer - John Welford), and drink a toast. Thanks Perry. I know I yelled a bit, but it all worked out well in the end. The bottom of my boat looks a right mess.


Rik said...

Congrats on the WelSford boat's capsize. Sealnit up and technically she can be in the water.

Unknown said...

Nice one Suzy, looking' good, got a launch date?

Joel Bergen said...

Nice job Suzy!
Navigator can also be quickly "capsized" with two men and a spotter.