Wow…apologies for the long interval between posts…

Sorry for being so long getting back on to the blog…been a surreal few months. As you probably know I finished work last month and am having a break until after Christmas and to go with the break theme…I broke my ankle in a sailing accident!! And it doesn’t rain but it pours…Tracey my wife went into hospital for a major op and was bed ridden for 4 weeks. And now it’s Christmas! Yahoo…I love this time of year.
I have been able to do little bits and pieces on the Argie and will update the dinghy page just after Christmas.
On a different note some people I know tat are building a beautiful cat called Binary ( checkout the scrumble project) are about to be visited by a cyclone as well as Santa so spare. Thought or prayer that they and others will be safe. Good luck Tom and Judy.
See you all again soon…


Stormy weather…as the song goes!

Well what a beaut of a storm last night and the night before. And I have found out that my garage is not delugue proof!! I had stacked all the nicely prepared dinghy parts post cutout sanding and smooting against a wall and hey presto that is exactly where the garage leaked. it is marine ply so no swelling etc issues just now need to dry them out before epoxying them. Hopefully will be ready by saturday to start…

All in all not a major drama and I hope everyone in this area that got damage are all at least safe and sound. My daughters kitechen roof looks like my belly after a good feed!!! It will have to come down. Somethign else to use my DIY skills on…hehe!

Keep well all…

The Dinghy Plans arrived…

The Dudley Dix Argie 15 plans have arrived and I have bought the 6 sheets of ply required. This weekend I will start the lofting, well its not really lofting from a table, its more copying ddimensions off a drawing. Dudley has made a very clear set of plans and I am looking forward to getting my hands dirty with wood.

Will post pictures int he Dinghy page when I have them.


And with change comes change…

Well, I have had an interresting few weeks. Whats’ the old Chinese curse??…”may you live in interesting times”…well its certainly been interesting…
Leaving a job after 21 years…and not sure how to feel. The place has changed so much or more importantly the people have changed so much. In the area I’m in there are three of us left out of about 20. All the people being replaced are coming in from “outside” the group and basically the group is no longer. So how do I feel…well I was angry but that is mostly gone. I was sad but that is mostly changed to pity. I actually pity those being left behind. And I say that…”left behind” because I really think it is a backward step to stay. I am ready to move on and say the many goodbyes that will need to be said.
This change is a chance to take stock. I will not be returning to the same type of job. I have decided to go contracting for a few years. Yes a less stable income but also more changes to do other things. Maybe even things I like. So that is where most of my effort is going at the moment. I am trying to work out the details of the next few years work, what, with who, how, when, etc. And believe me…its not easy.

So what does all this mean to Ashling II. Well with change comes change. I ahve had a good hard look at boats and building methods and costs and outcomes. I have decided to build in plywood. this is a big departure from my resin infusion intention, a big departure. However there are a number of reasons for the decision. Cost is the primary one. Second is the modular nature of the plywood parts, third is the need to spread this boat build out over many years while wanting to minimise the time spend renting a shed.
The other thing I have decided to do is to build a dinghy in plywood to practice the ply technique. I ahve bought plans off Dudley Dix for the Argie 15 and intend to build that in my daughters back shed. This way it minimises the problems at home with moving cars in and out of the garage.
Regarding the model. I was building th emodel to get a feel for the design I was developing with Tennant Design. Given I will not be going to the large cat in the short term I have told Tony at Tennant that I will not be persuing the design. However there is a readymade design that I like that is also in Plywood. Its the DH550 by Dudley Dix. I have the study plans for that and will build a model based on that design and more importantly that technique. Between the model and the dinghy I willbe kept busy for a while to come. Will rehash the site to suit this new need.

So thats it for now. As you can see there is a lot of change occuring and in life we have to be flexible to the changes. We have friends who are dealing with cancer at the moment so it gives a great perspective to just how tiny our problems are relative to life under threat. And on that…Keep fighting Ron.

OK, bye for now.


Looking for a job…

Well this job hunting is hard work!! Writuing my Resume was never my strong point adn I haven’t used one for a long long time. Anyway just another challenge to be met and surmounted.

In the meantime the model has been slowed down due to the complexity of the stern shape. Its been a bugger to do without drawings and I have put it to one side and got on with other bits. The model tab up the top will show you the progress.

So long until next post.


Materials and Construction – getting my head around what to use and how to do it…

So I am starting to develop a better understanding of the materials I will be using and construction methods that I can use.

I will be adding the appropriate page tabs above around materials and one for construction.

By way of an introduction to these pages I will highlight some of the decisions made and progress towards goals.

First of all materials.
I am now fully fixed on all structural components being made of 25mm CoreCell, double sided slotted with 1000gsm fibreglass fabric each side. Teh superstructure will be of lighter Corecell with the appropriate glass fabric.
And on the subject of fabric I will be using some strips of Kevlar/Glass fabric at certain points of the boar including the widest points of the hull, the bow waterline, some of the keel, etc to give that extra puncture resistance. Some carbon fibre will be included especially around the mast seatings but generally glass will suffice. I am building an expert team around me of materials experts and have been really enjoying the help of Dick Garrard, who apart from being a funny bloke knows a sh1t load about composites.

Next construction mathods.
Well I have thought long and hard about this and although all the experts done agree with me I am going to go with a modular construction philosophy. In addition I intend to resin infuse the vast majority of parts. The combination of these two facts means that the structural manufacturing sequence is as follows;
– Each hull will be identical and the main hull will be made of 6 major parts, excluding the bulkheads.
– Each hull will be divided longitudinally down the centre-ilne of the hull (see FRAM blog for an example of this);
– Each hull will be split transversly into three roughly equal parts of 6m long each;
– Each of the 3 hull modules (front mid and rear) will comprise of the the two halves of the module and all bulkheads including a stub major bulkhead (more about that later);
– Each module will be joined to the other via a structural secondary bond using kevlar;
– ALL components (or at least the VAST majority) will be made using vacuum infusion and in-situ building minimised;
The bridgedeck will follow a similar path with many modular parts being constructed and se3condary bonding used to fix the modules to the hulls. Currently the plan is…
– Bridgemodule one will include bulkheads 1 and 2, from the front of the forward salon to the forward wall of the cockpit.
– Bridgemodule two will include bulkhead 3 and 4 and take in the entire aft salon;
– Bridgemodlue 3 will include all the parts in the cockpit not covered by 1 and 2.

So there you have the outline of where I am going. The mast layout and design is still a gaping wound in my plans and is causing me lots of headaches

Ok, keep well until we catch up next.