Nov 192010

I just recalled a time many years ago when I sailed the Caribbean 1500 race together with Steve Dashew and his Beowulf monster. The start of the race was delayed due to a lingering hurricane that was sitting right on the course and didn’t want to die. So we were hanging around the marina in Hampton and I had decided it was a good time to start building a bimini for my yacht. Steve made a blog entry with a picture of this work, and the same title as this entry I am writing now. And it’s still true!

Having the whole winter to complete the Journeyman interior I have started to do window frames that are a lot more elaborate than I originally planned. I know I have said repeatedly the the Journeyman would not have any fancy woodwork inside. And now look…. :-)

Just when we don’t need them: Windows

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Jul 012010

It is hot on Saaremaa these days. Even hotter inside the boat now that the windows are getting mounted and the amout of open holes in the hull is going down. Lots of people are working inside so we actually need fans to keep the temperature reasonable.

All windows are double glassed, to avoid condensation on the inside when sailing in cold weather. They are made from hardened float glass. The thicker outer glass is solar controlled, which will reduce the amount of heat gathered in the deck house about 50% when are sailing in warm climates. I do think the deck-house will still be pretty hot, since it has a lot of windows. But at least with solar control glass it is better. And there is a ventilation hatch on top to help with letting the warm air out.

There is a thick frame of filler around the windows, which will absorb the difference in thermal expansion between the glass (which changes dimensions very little with temperature) and the aluminum (which changes a lot).

The top side windows are recessed 25mm into the hull which will protect them in case of uncontrolled contacts with other objects, like docks for example…

Let the Sun Shine In.

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Dec 042009

I had an idea about how to make the recesses for the topside windows look nice. An Margo is doing a really excellent job with it. The edges are milled to 3mm radius, maybe a small detail but it will make the topsides look a lot more smooth when the hull is ready. And the windows makes the hull look soooo much more like a boat!


New Looks New Language New Layout

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Dec 032009

Sooo…. Starting from today the blog will be in English. There are enough non-Swedish speaking people following us now to warrant the change. I hope you enjoy it!

Also I was a little bored yesterday, and took the opportunity to play around with the web site layout a bit. Now you get a little larger images, which I hope makes it more interesting and easier to see what is going on.

So what about building progress? Well we are getting near the turning point. But the trailer that we planned to use for the turning is still being built in Tallinn. And it won’t be ready until January!! So Alunaut had to create plan B, which is now to turn the hull inside the hall using the ceiling cranes. Keep your fingers crossed….


The welding of the hull plates is almost complete, and the team has started to work on details such as trim-tanks and windows now. The windows going in means that the topsides start to really look like the drawings, which is nice! The final plates in the bow are still causing trouble though, nobody dares to touch them right now….