Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Short Update

I've been trying to get past some fairing stumbling blocks in construction. These have been significant enough to keep me away from the boat for several days. I won't go into it now since I have nothing else to really say about it other than yesterday, somewhat re-invigorated , I went out and started working the build again. I got to a point where I felt like I could get over this hump and I went to bed satisfied enough to feel good about it.

So as soon as I have something significant to post, I will add the latest construction news. 

One additional thing I'd like to say is that I regularly visit several build sites, builder and design forums, and blogs where people are either sailing or preparing to sail. All of this has a positive effect on my attitude and helps me to get over the inevitable down times. I cannot stress highly enough, the importance of visiting these sites. 

For this latest bought of downtime, I was watching some You Tube videos of a young woman from Germany who basically just picked up and bought a used sailboat in Panama. She decided she wants to sail around for some period of time to test herself. Watching her deal with the issues of a used boat and her seemingly endless positive attitude was enough to get me out of my slump and back into the garage.

So if you're building and things are going south, take some time off and see what other's are doing. After awhile, you'll feel like you're ready to tackle the world again.

Until next time, take care.

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  1. The fairing process is kind of unique in that it is easy to over-think it and become frustrated. However, it's a balancing act also: become too blasé in avoiding the "over-thinking" and you'll wind up "under-thinking" it and leave yourself some trouble spots.

    For my part, I'd have to say that, for the most part, the planking phase showed that the fairing had gone quite well... to my great relief and surprise. Many of those stumbling blocks I'd worried about turned into "oh yeah... that..." Non-issues, in other words. However, I did wind up with a couple of fairing-related problems also, which I've been able to simply work past.

    As detail-oriented as you've obviously been through your build so far, I'd think it's safe to say that your fairing work is above-par for other first-time boatbuilders like myself. I'd say you have every reason to be confident in your work, so keep it up!

    1. Thanks for the confidence in my abilities Mike! :)

      I'm fairly confident with the fairing aft of frame 5. It's the area forward of that (the most difficult) that I am stumbling over. It involves many many instances of clamping the test plywood, looking at the fit, pulling the plywood, correcting the fit, and then re-clamping the plywood, all the while fighting off mosquitoes and wiping sweat off your brow.

      My guiding principal in all of this is that I need to get it close using the scrap plywood. When I actually receive the planking plywood and start fitting it, I can make any final corrections needed because of increased stiffness of the material.

  2. Carl:
    I can truly relate with the emotional toll that the fairing stage can take on us first time builders. I am building a Malahini and have been at the fairing stage for months! I work at it and then get frustrated that I can't get the "fit" I think I need, especially between the transom and frame 1. This is a pretty radical bend on this boat. I use different methods to reinvigorate myself to get back out into the shop, including going to your blog. You are doing a fantastic job. A blog is alot of work, but I encourage you to keep it up because it truly does help. Hope to see you at a Gathering one year. Bob from TN (ashespap)

    1. Thanks for the kind words Bob. I am truly glad that I can be of help in some fashion. I am actually in one of those slumps myself at the moment. Nearly 3 weeks have past and very little work to show. Mostly, I have been too busy with other parts of my life. I will be returning to fairing soon after I get the battens in place. Hoping that doesn't take too long.

      Good luck with your build. I would like to make it to the Gathering one of these years.


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