December 2018

ENGINE ROOM  REFURBISHMENT - HEAT EXCHANGER - STAINLESS STEEL WATER TANK   After dealing with the water tank, it was now time to start the "Engine Chapter": a major one indeed ! We were aware that the engine mounts had to be replaced. Two were broken but we decided to change all four of them. …

November 2018

C032 WATER TANK SCALE MODEL & MEASUREMENTS We went back to work on "Samourai" after a long break. Our first job was to create a scale model for our new stainless steel water tank. The aim was to make sure the dimensions were matching our bilge. For the mockup model we used two types of …

May 2018

INTERIOR & UPHOLSTERY By now we were quite exhausted after working 7 months, almost without a break . It was necessary to clean up the boat, install the plywood boards, cushions, e.t.c,  and have a proper look at what we have done so far. We have to admit, that we are very pleased with the …

April 2018

TOE RAIL - DEPTH SOUNDER -  PAINTING THE DECK AREA  After several weeks, the iroko profiles finally came into shape and matched the boat curves. We were now ready to start drilling through the wood. In total more than 80 countersunk wood screws were used. The six long iroko profiles were about 3 meters each. …

March 2018

SPRAY HOOD - ELECTRICAL PANELS - BATTERIES - IROKO TOERAIL - LAVAC MARINE TOILET   Our new sprayhood was almost ready. We had to try it on! The shape and design of the sprayhood had to take into account several parameters, such as the height which depends on the position one has at the helm. …

February 2018

ELECTRICAL WIRING & NEW SPRAY HOOD In February we continued running the wires throught the boat, and we were having a lot of "fun", trying hiding them all. u The forecabin wires are running in the hanging locker through PVC trunkings.  Then the big mess began with wires all over the place... Connecting all those …

January 2018

CARPENTRY WORKS- NEW CABIN FLOOR- GALLEY FORMICA- ELECTRICAL WORKS  On the first day of 2018 we decided to do some "homework": sand the rudder and prepare it for the epoxy coatings. Fortunately, it is was totally dry and the moisture readings were just perfect in order to apply the anti-osmosis Gelshield Plus. This will be done …

December 2017

VARNISHING THE BULKHEADS- UPHOLSTERY- INSULATING THE INTERIOR The month began with  very nice weather, allowing us to finish some small jobs on the hull. It was still necessary to cover the outside of the boat with plastic sheating in order to maintain a good average temperature. We completed the epoxy treatment on the patches that …

November 2017

PAINTING THE BILGES- INSTALLING A NEW STEAMHEAD, MAST DECK RING, BACKSTAY CHAINPLATES, BLAKE SEACOCKS & NEW MAST In the first week of November, it was birthday time for one of us. Blowing the candle and making a wish had to happen inside "Samourai", since the wish was relevant with the whole project ! The bilges …

October 2017

FILLING UP THE VOIDS IN THE KEEL - ANTI OSMOTIC TREATMENT- NEW STEAMHEAD We returned to the boat in the beginning of October anxious to proceed with the filling up of the keel and start the hull treatment. After many months of drying out, we took the following steps using Polyester Isophtalic Resin to fill …