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Marcelo Affonso
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31st January 2021 - 6:33 pm
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Hi all, 

Given that I am not allowed to go anywhere (5km limit on travel), I thought I'll give an update on Aeolis' sorry state for those of you who knew her over the years. 

After weighing the alternatives I had brought her to Ireland by lorry. She is now in a yard in Valentia Island. It is a good place and I can work whenever I want. I have a mast for her (was very cheap) but is a bit longer so it will require some cutting and refitting too. Not a bad thing since I have to learn all that anyway. I also secured a couple of winches (lewmar 40) and two Genoa rails. An extra anchor (Danforth, I don't like it) to add to the 20pound CQR that I had. 

As for power, I will stick to the previous discussion we had and put a Diesel engine; I will get the yard to install it because otherwise it will be years before I do any sailing. 

I removed all the loose stuff in the interior and one of the side lockers (right word?) for the storage. it was flimsy and needed removing. Also removed handholds windows and hatches for sanding and fibreglassing. I started putting two layers of 220g cloth with epoxy but this blasting virus and the Irish winter put a stop to that 🙁  - I have a full garage and a very angry wife. 

On the plus side, I am not afraid of epoxy or glass anymore, so when weather allows I'll just get messy. 

So, everything takes longer when doing boat repairs but this was meant to be a few months worth of work and its nearly two years with very little progress. At times I despair but then I realise that circumstances are a bit gloomy for everyone so I chill. And if the boat gets full of water and abandoned for a few more weeks so be it. 

Now, since I mentioned the lockers..... when I removed them I realised that looking at the shape of the hull on the inside is quite nice. Also I imagine that with a suitable wooden slats it may look quite posh. Something like this...

 

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 Is it one step too far from the original? will those lockers be desperately missed? Or are they just full of junk that never gets used anyway? Most of the stuff I had in my little Corribee never got any use.  I will rebuild the chart table which for some reason was cut-off, I certainly want to use that. but this look is really appealing. What does the forum think? 

Thats all chaps, I just needed a bit of boat talk wink

ps:  if you want some more talk/thinking I have a lot of things that are halfway planned, happy to share and chat about it 🙂 

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Austin Lawler
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13th February 2021 - 2:35 pm
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I quite like the look, why not? If you are happy with it then go for it!

 

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I'm in ireland too, near Schull.

 

Austin

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Mathew Small
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13th February 2021 - 4:49 pm
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Hi Marcelo,if you look in the picture behind the spar ceiling you will see the the larger frames and in between the smaller in scantling timbers.The planks will be fixed to these.The gaps between the ‘slats’ are for ventilation and you can see if there are any problems with the planking visually.So to replicate this you would need to make,laminate, fake timbers and frames to fix them to.You could make them all the same size.You would need to bevel the inboard face of them so your ‘slats’ sat fair against them.Quite often the very top one will be deeper than the rest and will have a motif cut into them.Say 2 12mm holes say 4” apart with a diamond linking them.If you replace the lockers could you make them so the front face is totally removable so can be taken off the boat home for varnishing and painting exposing the locker bases for easy removal and painting and leaving the locker framework for,yep,easy accessible prep and painting.The look you like in the picture is what I have in the foc’sle.This keeps you off the ship side when asleep and is handy for tieing lanyards to for stowage.Mine are 10 mm thick.Be aware as you try to bend the ‘slats’ round the ship sides you may have to cut shape into them dependi;g on their depth.Rather like if you took a plank off a clinker dinghy even though when in place it looks straight and fair it will be shaped and when layed out flat won’t be straight.Hope it goes well for you.

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Marcelo Affonso
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16th February 2021 - 6:12 pm
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Austin Lawler said
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I'm in ireland too, near Schull.

Austin

  

Looks like an excellent cruising area.  Can' wait to be able to explore! 

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Marcelo Affonso
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16th February 2021 - 6:20 pm
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Mathew Small said

"If you replace the lockers could you make them so the front face is totally removable so can be taken off the boat home for varnishing and painting exposing the locker bases for easy removal and painting and leaving the locker framework for,yep,easy accessible prep and painting."

I like that idea too. To get the look on the picture I'd have to cut a lot of wood and it kind of scare me a bit. 

"The look you like in the picture is what I have in the foc’sle.This keeps you off the ship side when asleep and is handy for tieing lanyards to for stowage.Mine are 10 mm thick.Be aware as you try to bend the ‘slats’ round the ship sides you may have to cut shape into them dependi;g on their depth.Rather like if you took a plank off a clinker dinghy even though when in place it looks straight and fair it will be shaped and when layed out flat won’t be straight.Hope it goes well for you."

Ahh, indeed, the foc'sle is empty and dirty so this may work well without cutting anything. It'll give it a right "ship look"

Marcelo 

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