Waratah; Fitting out started...

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Wynand N, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. Wynand N
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    Wynand N Retired Steelboatbuilder

    For those whom have asked for an update on the Dix 43 under construction; yes we are still going strong and spent some time on the following since last posted.

    4000kg lead was poured in the keel and sealed. Then all holes, supports etc etc were cut and weld into the hull as needed for fitting out. The hull then received a second coat of epoxy primer, two coats of brown epoxy on the inside followed by a white Ceramic thermal insulation paint, applied in two thick coats.

    Tanks were sorted out and sealed and the bulkheads are going in as now. Bad thing is the fact that the panels have to be cut down to fit through the companion way, and rejoined inside the hull again and that takes some time.

    The first deck fittings went on deck and by next week she will look like a boat on deck. BTW, the deck now sports a grey colour that is the tie coat between the primer and top coats to come.

    We stopped work for a week recently and everyone were used to get the new factory together we had acquired next door for our fibreglass production boat we just started tooling now.

    Some interesting facts about the epoxy paints used on the boat thus far.

    Epoxy primer used in total - 120 liters
    Epoxy Coal Tar base coats - 35 liters
    Epoxy grey tie coat - 15 liters
    Ceramic thermal insulation - 80 liters
    Epoxy thinners - 35 liters
    Epoxy Fairing filler 12kg effectively on hull and deck
     

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  2. Manie B
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    Manie B Senior Member

    Beautifull

    Beautifull

    Beautifull

    please tell us what is going to happen "next door"

    are you starting to build your little sailer for you and the missus????
     
  3. Manie B
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    Manie B Senior Member

    whats up doc :D :D :D
     
  4. Wynand N
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    Wynand N Retired Steelboatbuilder

    Manie, we are getting ready to tool the 6 meter trailer/day sailor I had designed recently after toying with the idea a couple of years now.

    She is very similar to the Melges 20, but the transom is totally different and sports a small cabin for occasional sleeping space for two people. The keel retracts vertically and ballast is on a bulb on the tip. Draft varies from 0.4 - 1.5 meters and with the keel up, easily to load and launch from a trailer.

    Unlike the Melges, she will have no carbon fibre mast, spinnaker pole, etc, but aluminum sections instead. Then again she will cost considerably less than the imported Melges...

    Finally, she was designed with no rule in mind, other than to be a fast, safe and fun boat, with the emphasis on affordability.
     

  5. Manie B
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    Manie B Senior Member

    Best of luck with the new build

    Melges sure are purdy:D

    http://www.melges20.com/

    hopefully you could export them:idea:

    our bloomin folks are too lazy just to even go to the dam:(
     
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