Saturday, February 11, 2017

Akas (10)

Three more hours today. While Cinzia was fighting with the sander, I drilled the oversized bolt holes which will be coated with thickened resin.

I have some reservations towards those akas. First one is that those planks have several knots, a few of those being quite large. Are those knots going to be a problem, structurally speaking?
Second: they are heavy. I haven't measured the weight but based on sizes and specific weight of the fir, we should be close to 100 kg! I'm wondering if one could design a lighter system: nothing complicated, like a box section made of plywood and lumber. I sent an email to John Marples, we'll see what he replies.

Total work time to date: 539 hours.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Akas (9)

I really regret not having used a router from the beginning to smooth those edges, this is taking ages... Anyway, we're getting there. Three more hours today: we glued the doubler on the rear aka (300 grams of thickened resin) and continued to round down the edges.

Total work time to date: 536 hours

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Akas (8)

Five more hours in the last two week ends, still working on the akas. It's still cold so the garage is not pleasant to work in. Today we glued the doubler on the forward aka, using 400 grams of resin thickened with  microfibers. The photo shows the 3 still unfinished pieces, i.e. the rear swing arms and doubler, temporarily used as weights to press the doubler on the aka.

Total work time to date: 533 hours

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Akas (7)

This proved to be by far the most intense snowfall in this town in the last 50 years: about half a meter of snow in town, almost one meter at the Space Geodesy Centre! Over here we're not used to that much snow so you can imagine that things slowed down a bit around here. Anyway, Cinzia lives where the boat garage is so she managed to work a couple of hours on the aka planks. Here's a pic showing the forward aka, the doubler and one of the swing arms

Total work time to date: 528 hours

Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everybody! Nothing done on the boat in the last week... Today we're under a quite unusual snowfall which makes moving in town quite difficult... This is a view of my balcony one hour after I had cleaned everything....

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Akas (6)

Three more hours of work during these holidays: still beveling the akas... Not much to show here other than a lot of wood shavings. I do the rough part with the power planer and Cinzia does the refining work. There are 8 substantial wood planks to fair...

Total work time to date: 526 hours

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Akas (5)

Two more hours of work yesterday, continuing to shape those akas which are taking more time than expected.

At a certain point though Cinzia's mom gave us a bag of freshly made "pettole", which are a typical Christmas food in southern Italy. Delicious!

Merry Christmas!

Total work time to date: 523 hours