Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Winter came by.

Winter outside shed, showing double door that can open in summer.

But inside my warm shed I start the carbon chain plates soon to be fitted in floats. Here foam is being straitened with a big power plane. Working with foam is like very soft wood.

Next a groove is filed in top to accept thimble.

And glued with high density bog.

Wipe of glue and let set. The top 50 mm is high density foam. I see from the F22 builders that they use a G10 tubing for thimble, maybe that is the new style (lighter) or maybe not strong enough for F82.

The winter came suddenly with surprise to all in Denmark, all though this happen every year with traffic panic etc. Had to go to Copenhagen in the blizzard. But we managed well.

I was going to christen the future crew, in this case my nephew Sofus Felix Klein Friderichsen, son of my brother Anders (to my right) and his wife Rikke( to Anders right). Far left is Jacob the second brother of mine.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Last float half laminated

Jess, another old boat-builder friend, came in to assist in laminating the last float. He use a plastic squeegee to spread the epoxy and to squeeze out the surplus. Work clothes is not present at all, quite demoralizing for a pro!!! Green cloves are nitril rubber.

I work the front end fixing the stringer ( pre-drilled with lots of holes to let the air out from underneath) and adding reinforcements: glass then carbon uni and a cover of glass, seen here.

Finish, with a good vacuum, not 100 % but -0.95 bar is very good for this. I find that it is quite hard with the pump I got to get -1.0 bar which is max. The bag and the foam is to big with to many very very small leak. But this is absolutely fine. I would say that all below -0.7 bar is fine. Even to much pressure can squeeze out to much epoxy, especially if the epoxy is very liquid.
After picture was taken it ended further down at -0.95 bar

A walkthrough the workshops

Entering the stores, where a lot of furniture's, car parts, and materials for a trimaran is stored. The old workshop can be seen at the end of the room.

More stores, this time empty candy buckets from the local store. The local kids eats around 80 kilos (app 160 pounds) of candy each week. Makes a lot of buckets for me for epoxy mixing etc.

Work-table, but at the moment more a mixing-table, until I make use of another one I got in the stores room.

The old workshop (4x8 m) seen from the corner. Small dinghy for a ketch waiting for last coat of paint. Floor is recyckled from a sportsarena, really a tough flooring, and nice to walk and to clean.

The new work shop right next to the old. 5x10.5 m

View from the corner, standing on a latter.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Last float planked

My old boatbuilder friend Thomas came by and helped foaming the last float. Worksuit is more pro looking than Jorn!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Before I use to work as a sail maker and I therefore choose to do my own sails. Lasse from Ullman sails helps me in the new facilities of GP covers/ Ullman sails DK

This will be a fullbatten jib. I think we will use this on the 18 foot skiff as well, for our new sails. Purpuse is than when easing off, the sail still got a nice shape instead of bending to a round form. The sailcloth is MAXX cloth from Contender. Very nice product, that make it possible to create a crosscut sail but with treads going the right directions like a triradial sail does.

Lasse sewing pockets in the jib.

While Lasse is sewing battens etc. I assemble all the corners for the main sail.

Before we left I took a shoot of both the main and jib on top of another.

Joining float

I made cutouts first cutting through battens as well- hatch is a big one but i managed to get hold on some very cheap ones made of white plastic. More of this later.

Holding floats together with whatever I got. Missing lashes so jump to sticks from ceiling. worked well. Surplus of bog spread into outside grooves.

I managed to get a nice shot of the lokal pixy.

Keelside is screwed together.

Jorn showing his new recycled work suit. No wonder the first owner gave up on those ungly bastards.

The pixy makes jokes with us again.

View inside showing forward bulkhead glued with bog (glass bubbles/epoxy to use here for strenght)

More opdating on previus work

Jorn, (in fancy suspenders), and myself ( the stupid fish) hot forming foam and fasten from outside, no glue is used here since later joints will be opened up and glued with bog. Used Polyurethane glue on the first half but this is not necessary. Starboard half's hanging on walls. Blue cord is vacuum hose, attached to a batten.

A fellow builder( Rod Tharp) showed how a shiplap can be routed in foam. This is used to join foam so when later filled with bog (epoxy and filler), the bog cannot sag through. The groove is only to the middle of joint.

Jorn is using a straight router to make groove for the bog.

I adjust foam with a utility knife. You can easily cut foam this way.

A little jump finish floathalf with bulkheads fitted. Note carbon unidir. used for stringer.

Peelply from vacuum is left on until late as possible. removed here for fitting bulkhead. Gives a nice textured surface that needs no or little sanding.

To much bog used here. I had some trouble to get a proper vacuum, so had to spartel a lot. Next float was a lot better.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Name of the boat

So why is this boat called Lydius? Well, it is the name of my grandfather. He died when I was 6 years old, but I got some great moments with him. Here is one of them.

Status from december

I Started building in Dec. and sat up form frames for the first half. These pictures are from the 3 half but the principles are the same only the frames are reversed here to make the two last half's.Then comes stringers and foam, hot formed and fasten from the out side.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Choosing a design and getting started

Working as a sail maker i was offered a Dragonfly 25 that needed some work after it got hit by another boat during a storm in the Mediterranean, but it proved to be to expensive for this old boat, and it took 3 persons half a day to put it together. Then I started looking for a design I could build for myself, and eventually I came across this fine design. If you want to know more about this boat please look at Ian Farriers site.
The main idea would be:
  1. it is fast
  2. it is foldable ( 1 person can do it in minutes)
  3. it is epoxy/foam/glass/carbon built ( not just csmglass and polyester)
  4. you can trail the boat to whereever you like to sail.
But this boat is more expensive than Dragonfly 25 so even if I build it myself. I really had to convince myself that this was what I really wanted. A coincidense made the trick. A new zealander had his plans up for graps so I jumped right into it and said to myself that now I do this and take any problems that would arrice from the top and bring them down.

First I had to build a shed, I did this in 2005/2006 while also doing house fixing and finished another small boat I had going in my old workshop. The new workshop is insulated since Denmark can be quite a cold place during the winter. I was glad that many of my friends helped with left overs or recycled materials to make this shed as cheap as possible. It is going down when the boat is finished.

Blog started

Welcome to my new blog.
This blog is to show the progress in building a F82R trimaran designed by Ian Farrier, and maybe to write anything else that got my interest.

The name for the blog is the names of my two granddads. These names are by far not normal in Denmark and they sound so funny to me. Maybe the name of the boat??
The first photo is me at age 6 in the kindergarden where we used to do a lot of outdoor activities. I think we are building some kind of big box for a house to use for playing.