Originally uploaded by Sadlr
Hatchew! [how do you spell a sneeze?]
We've taken a week off work. It's a bus man's holiday though as we're insulating the last five metres of the hold. Here the pins for the insulation are stuck to the hull and Claudia is greasing the steel before we wrap it up in Rockwool, glass blanket and aluminium.
As you can see [and read in Dutch] on their website, Eddie and Marja have hung the doors on the Dankbaarheid's cabin [roef].
These bits of wood on our workbench are what remains of the sliding hatch over the doors. It will slide on two wooden runners bolted to the steel flanges on the roof.
Claudia has made up the runners and a frame to ensure that they go on straight, and has drawn up the front and side elvation of the hatch.
Start up the thickness planer.
There are eleven hatches in this settee / bench. Ten for storage bins and a last one sthat turns it into two single beds.
Tomorrow we have the barge to ourselves so that we can finish the ceiling planking without falling into open hatches and over cables and piping.
Thankt to PJ for this video.
That's me on the upturned yellow hull at the start of the video. Keep watching though for the San Francisco Roll - holding onto the daggerboard as the boat rolls through 180 degrees, under water and out the other side on top of the board, to bring the boat up.
Hadn't done that for 33 years!
Here are Martien and I heading back upwind in about 26 knots on the Lauwersmeer last Sunday.
Saturday afternoon we had 30 knots of wind and Sunday started with slightly more. Survival conditions. After lunch we went back out to practice sailing by the lee - looking for that elusive course where everything suddenly gets steady and time slows down, that's when you gybe.
We found it, it's really there and it works. Thanks to trainers Kim and Harry for all the things they taught us this weekend, to Jaap and Hans for the great organisation and to all the DTP Laser sailers who came and made it a great weekend.