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On 20/12/2019 at 4:29 PM, Clipper said:

Not this weekend, but ready for the weekend.  Finished my daughters first dinghy. a 4' skylark.  Started it 4 years ago.....

 

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So cute! I have an 8ft dinghy for the kids to learn in that I am in the final stages of.

What did you use for the rub strips on the bottom?

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On 17/09/2017 at 8:36 PM, Island Time said:

Finally got around to making a new mattress for the fwd cabin. The old one was well past its use by date. The V berth is too wide to use a standard mattress size, so I went and bought a queen size premium foam mattress from Para rubber. $360. I removed the cover, and, using the mattress  sideways, its wide enough. I cut off the ends to shape, and glued them to the front to make up the required length. I used an electric carving knife to cut the foam, worked well.

Now to make the cover. Using the cover that came with the mattress, I cut out the zip and the seams, and after a bit of though, figured out how to get the required shapes out of the cover material. You can see the joins in the foam in this pic.

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I cut out the shapes, and used normal box cushion  construction to sew it together;

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It came out OK I reckon;

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And finally fitted into the boat;

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Now I have a comfortable bed again :-)

What glue did you use IT?

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Should have gone sailing! But on Friday our gas heating in the house had an electrical meltdown, and after pricing, I realised it was not worth fixing. So I ripped it out, removed the false fireplace and gibbed up the holes. Ready for heat pump installation....

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21 hours ago, Island Time said:

Should have gone sailing! But on Friday our gas heating in the house had an electrical meltdown, and after pricing, I realised it was not worth fixing. So I ripped it out, removed the false fireplace and gibbed up the holes. Ready for heat pump installation....

The things that make you go Boom :-)

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Although our engine/transmission issue kind of marred the end of our cruise, it did give us a chance (and motivation) to really try out the light air performance. We're running heavy with all the cruising crap on board (3 anchors etc etc. plus humungous amounts of French wine and food all packaged in glass...), and we have no A2 (yet), but we were able to keep ticking along at about 1.5-2 knts with 2-3 knts pretty much flat off, and coming around to about 125 TWA in about 4 knots we could sit for relatively long periods (4-5 min at a time) nominally above windspeed. We did have about 0.3 knt current in our favour, and I haven't done the calculation yet to determine how that would affect the actual TWS, but note the boat speed is through the water, so TWA will be further aft. Nonetheless, pretty happy with light air performance. 

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