Day 388 Main Sail / island cupboard/ floor latches
 Above the photo shows the first "onboard" PC board being exposed of what is certain to be many in the future. Made on day 386 the exposure worked out well, although I may need to cut back the exposure time next round, it developed so fast I could barely get it out and washed off in time!

Some of the boards are for something I am designing for someone at work. I hope to continue custom design while abroad. Keeps one sharp :)

First thing this morning the grass was dry and no wind was blowing so we decided to unroll the giant ( 75' luff ) mainsail we purchased some time ago on Ebay. The thing weighs over 120 lbs and is very awkward, even with two people. We have found that carrying such a heavy sail, or one our size wet, is so much easier with a short pole running down the center. We may keep a short pole onboard just for this!

The time has come to cut the sail. I haven't had much time to read the "Sail makers' Apprentice" book but figure a rough cut would be best in line with the nearest reef point eyes.

We have no idea if this sail will work well less 20 feet of the foot side, but if it does we'll have a great sail! The gauge is the thickest either of us has ever seen, and will hold up well I'm sure.

The remaining material will be kept aboard for making wind scoops or a small jib.

The sail is now much more manageable which is another reason why we built a 45 footer instead of a 75 footer.

The sail came with "bat-slide" mounts but they don't match the ones we purchased from Harken so they'll probably need to come off. Too bad. They'll be on Ebay soon enough.


Below, Gena is trying to sort out a good method of sheets for the mains' boom to the traveler. We have all of these blocks and sheaves and must figure out a way to utilize them. Because the traveler for the main is on the end of the boom, a 2:1 purchase is all that will be necessary. We bought a 600' spool of Samson 5/8" polyester rope for all of the sheets which cost $600CAD.

Rope is expensive! The big RG8 Coaxial Cable on a roll that big is only $400 by comparison, but would be a bugger to pull through a winch lol.

As mentioned before, we have no idea how well all of this is going to work as we can't afford the fancy systems in the "high end" part of the catalogue. If it doesn't work out, we'll just change it. Part of sailings' great unknown factor.

  During the week at work  I found a bit of time to, away from the daily frenzy of activity caused by the Alberta oil boom,  put together my much anticipated USB hub for the studio in the forward stateroom.

For more info on "that" go to USB hub page.
Anyway, I have been " amperage challenged" lately. Seems everything I have built over the last month or so is sadly lacking in current ability!

This was no different. The amount of power on a single USB plug is max 500 mA. It is unbelievable how much power a portable HD or DVD draws! Now I see why they come with an extra power cord to plug into a second USB socket, they each both surge ( when working hard ) to nearly 1 amp!

  The poor little regulator for 5 volts in my poor little plastic box immediately began to fry like bacon! I was so disappointed and pondered around for the rest of the afternoon. It had to be rebuilt, or become a coffee warmer.

Heat is always a concern because if it is hot at ambient room temperature, how hot will it be in 35C to 40C equatorial temperatures?

The photo to the left shows the final outcome. Because I had heavily glued the USB sockets ( nice, gold contacts! ) into the plastic face panel of the box, it seemed more logical to cut a hole for the entire recessed face from the aluminum.

A higher power transistor ( the shiny round thing ) is now driving the regulated current at a possible 10 amp surge and is well heat sunk.

The box is sealed so shouldn't give us any problems in the future. Yay!!

Gena kept busy in the boat with the floor hatches. All of the hatches in the galley and dining areas need to have their latches installed. Because each one needs to be flush, they were routed in 1/8".
I helped because of my experience with the router, and just because errors are very costly in this case. After Gena remembered the nuances of routing, she took over.

The top photo to the right shows a different type of latch. These are probably for sliding door locks. They require quite an inset and are a bit stiff, but with some grease in the slide and perseverance with the router, they look very nice in place.

  The latches aren't something that can be planned easily without knowing the location of the hatches/everything else  in advance.  Gena has done a very good job of making it all make sense, using the forward bulkhead, under frames, even installed cross pieces for latching points.

There's no point in explaining this any further as every boat is different, as is every sailors idea of "great access below". As long as it looks pleasing to the eye and isn't unsafe in a knockdown or broach scenario, I'm ok with however it is.





  My "job du jour" was to get that pesky island door built! For ages I have wanted to make the tambour follow a rigid semi circle and swing out with little shelves inside like a fridge door. The only problem with this has been what kind of hinges to use. Every time we're in a hardware  or building supply store it's "gotta go look at hinges" for the last month.
 I really really really don't want them to show or stick out at all, giving the door a smooth hidden transition into the side of the island. I must have seen this before somewhere because the idea seems very appealing.

  One day I was browsing around our local Windsor Plywood store and saw this 2 part hinge that might suit the purpose. Don't ask me what it is for or how it is normally used because I have no idea. Finding a second one like it was a chore as pondering customers had mixed them in with a different type from somewhere else I suppose.

Shown to the right, as being opened, it pushes outward (left) first. This is exactly what is required to get the adjoining side tambour slat away from the door slat. Because of the angle of the door at the hinge length, the whole thing needed to be routed in 20 off of flat  -hard to see in the  photo.

The frame, even though it looks complex, was the easy part. I just matched the bottom plate on the island by tracing, figured out the insertion point for the vertical support by lining it up on the hinges and measuring the distance to the "jamb", then inset that into all 3 pieces that will support the tambour. The photo to the right shows the final result. It's gluing so can't be mounted, but tomorrow I'll post some photos of in in place, at which time it will all make perfect sense!


Day 388:
8 hours~+++: Cut out floor hatches for latches. Made end cabinet for galley island. Etc etc etc.

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We have rescued 2 lost baby squirrels, and made a video!
See it here ( hi-speed connection recommended )

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