Jun 292011

The last 3 weeks have been slightly too troublesome for my taste. Progress on the final to-do list has been very slow and sometimes almost backwards… Especially since I am trying to get some sailing done every now and then.

But today I got a nice verification that at least I am not completely lost as a designer. The ballast tanks filled on the calculated time (10 minutes) and resulted in the calculated heel (8°). Nice.

Jul 162010

Do you remember this picture? It was a little tricky designing the dimensions for the steering, without having the rudders in place. There is basically no straight surfaces anywhere to measure from… However, it seems that we were reasonably successful. Some angles are not 100% optimal, but this will not be noticeable in real life.

Somehow in this picture everything looks kind of small. I can say with confidence that it is not. Quite on the contrary. It feels totally oversized. The diameter of the solid rudder shaft is 115mm.

50% chance the keel will go up. Or down.

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Jun 282010

Olari has started to install the machinery that will lift the 5 ton keel up and down. The draft can be changed from 3.8 meters to 1.8 meters. This shallow draft is often necessary when entering small fishing harbors and secluded anchorages.

We were joking about this this morning, since the last two boats that he installed hydraulic steering on were connected backwards. So I am now taking bets on which way the keel will go when I press the Down button the first time. Up or Down? What do You think?

The keel hydraulics have one main lifting cylinder and three small locking cylinders to keep it in place when it’s down. You can see one of the locking cylinders (letters RB) in this image. The machinery does a funky automatic sequencing without any electronics involved, so that the locks do not engage until the keel is fully down, and then releases before it lifts. This has been copied from the passenger gangway of Hammarbyfärjan, by the way…

Too much equipment?

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Jun 222010

It doesn’t matter how many times I have said “I don’t want a lot of equipment and machinery, it is just things that can break”.

There is still a lot of machines. And I’m sure they will break at one time or another!

Anyway, most of it goes on a shelf that sits above the engine, which will create a small “machine room” which is easily accessible by lifting the floor boards of the deck house. This is first being put together outside of the yacht since it is easier to prepare everything and then just screw it in when the shelf is mounted inside.

Jun 112010

Lots of things are happening right now. Mostly machinery installations. But since most of the inside of the boat looks like a complete mess you will only get a picture of the outside:

The bow thruster has been install (the real, not the human version). So has the main engine, the windlass and some of the pumps. The fresh-water  and ballast tanks have been completely equipped and closed. Diesel tanks are almost done. All the deck equipment we currently have is installed. We are still waiting for a few parts here due to the never ending chaos that a certain transportation company is creating….

The interior is also starting to arrive, but I will give you pictures of that tomorrow on Monday….