Jul 272010

Yesterday all the cushion sizes were tried out, so those should be ready in time for launch. The sofas will get grey cushions in a super durable fabric which still feels quite like ordinary canvas. I’ll write more about that when they are delivered in a few days.

In the picture below Sven is working on mounting the subwoofer for the stereo system in the port side sofa.

Floor safety

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Jul 192010

One of the most common causes of small injuries on an ocean crossing yacht is crew members slipping and falling. Your typical “luxury” cruiser has nice shiny floors. Shiny, however, is not so nice when you have wet shoes and the boat is heeled.

The Journeyman 60 has a high tech floor material made for public swimming pool areas. It is very durable, easy to clean and actually has exactly the same friction when wet as when dry. In combination with well placed grab-rails this should minimize falling accidents.

Another safety aspect of the floors is what happens if the boat experiences a knock-down. On your average cruiser yacht the floor panels are held in place by gravity, and people tend to store all sorts of heavy things underneath. Sometimes even potential murder weapons such as wine or spirit bottles. When the boat turns over, all this stuff falls out and frequently hurt people.

So the Journeyman 60 floor panels are held in place by locks. I use a very nice low profile Southco latch that comes with a separate key:

Jul 082010

Today has been full of bad news. Leak testing of the deck showed that ALL of the hatches were leaking. In the same spot. Not in the mounting, but through the hatch itself, due to a manufacturing error at the supplier. The leak in the ballast tank pumps that I wrote about yesterday was not fixed. In fact, it was not possible to fix because I had done a bad gluing job. The we started to look at putting the rudders in, and I discovered that the inside of the rudder bearings had been damaged in the sandblasting.

This looked really bad to start with, but Olari did a nice job with wet-sanding it, so the bearing surfaces were saved. When we tried to put the bearings in, however, it didn’t go in. Bad welding deformation. How this will be fixed remains to be seen.

The pump gluing problem was caused by me using only a standard industrial polyurethane glue. We took everything apart and brought out the more professional stuff, and this time the bond was a lot better, so now I feel confident that problem was solved too. Now let’s try to fix those hatches…

Jul 062010

OK, so those of you who have been following the building process for some time maybe are thinking there is soooo much details and technical stuff, is this a sailing yacht or a machine?

Well, I have always been clear about the fact that the Journeyman will put performance and functionality before luxury. But still, a little bit of traditional sailing yacht feeling in the interior can easily be achieved by having some woodwork details. As long as it’s just details it does not add much weight to the yacht, and as long as it is made from solid unpainted wood it is not so vulnerable to scratches.

The woodworking guys started to mount the interior today, here are a couple of images of them. I hope this gives you a first taste of what the interior will feel like.

The honeycomb material makes the modules really light and nice:

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…