Wednesday, October 18, 2017

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 18 Oct 17 Third Coat Wet Edge

18 Oct 17:

Sanded with 220 grit. Rolled and tipped the third coat of TotalBoat WetEdge Kingston Gray, thinned 5 percent because temp was 80F plus.

Log of Viper.

1974 Drascombe Lugger For Sale $5400 USD Sarasota FL

18 Oct 17:

The Drascombe Lugger Roamer that we restored in 2015 is being offered for sale by her current owner Tim. She is in good shape with new oars and a 5hp Mercury outboard. Tim had fun adding a mast tabernacle and painting the bottom. Here are some of his notes about the boat.

It is a gaff (gunter) rigged yawl, a sweet sailor, a classic design.
Spruce mast, in new mahogany tabernacle, easily stepped by one person.
Boomless mainsail.
Centerboard, boat draws about 12" with board up.
Rudder lifts out completely for beaching
Roller furling jib.
Approx.132 square ft. sail area.
All sails in good condition.
Teak trim, cypress floorboards
Includes 5 hp Mercury 2stroke.
Trailer in good condition, newer led lights, all work.
New wheel Buddy Bearings
Fiberglas in good condition, no cracks or other damage
Oarlock hardware in gunwale, oars included
Cover included
Fresh bottom paint.
Doesn't leak, not a drop.
Located in Sarasota, FL

The Lugger is one of the most versatile boats we have ever owned, great for raids in shoal water. Or sailing around the world if you are akin to Webb Chiles. The designer John Watkinson wanted a family friendly motorboat that could be easily trailered and also set up for a lively sail. We have had years of pleasure sailing our 1980 Lugger Onkahye and enjoyed sailing Roamer as well. Here is a nice video of Roamer during sea trials, singlehanded by the Skipper.

Roamer was a freshwater Michigan boat for her first 40 years, made a side trip to Utah and has been exploring Florida for the last few years.

Roamer's Story

The Lugger is easy to set up, and very versatile with a centerboard and 3 sails. The motor well places the motor in an area that is easy to reach. And the fiberglass construction means easy cleanup with minimal maintenance.

Offered for sale by Tim, current price $5400 USD.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 17 Oct 17 Second Coat Wet Edge

17 Oct 17:

Faired a few spot with TotalFair, sanded with 100 grit. Rolled and tipped the second coat of TotalBoat WetEdge Kingston Gray, thinned 5 percent because temp was 80F plus.

Log of Viper.

Ship Plans Smithsonian 17 Oct 17

17 Oct 17:

Sent off a copy of Barbashela's Restoration Report to the Smithsonian Ship Plans department. They are housed in the National Museum of American History and maintain an archive of ship plans. They will add the report, which includes line drawings and a Table of Offsets, to the archive.

Copies of Barbashela's Restoration Report may be purchased on Amazon.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 11 Oct 17 Watched Paint Dry

11 Oct 17:

Went out to the carriage house today and it was like a sauna. Paint was very tacky. 100F heat index here in Florida with high humidity. Pulled the boat out into the sun for most of the day and the paint started to dry a bit. At the end of the day we kicked the car out of the garage and moved the boat inside, there are two window units out there that can produce some cooler, dryer air.

Log of Viper.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 10 Oct 17 Fairing and Paint

10 Oct 17:

Used TotalFair to fill in gelcoat chips, spider cracks, gouges and uneven areas from fiberglass repairs. It is a 2 part epoxy system, mixed it up 1:1 until it was green and applied it with a putty knife. Now you might ask why we didn't fair first vs prime. We like a coat of paint or primer first so we can see where the hills and valleys are. If the surface is all one color it makes it easier to pick them out.

Looks like a TotalBoat store in here. We have been very happy with the quality and affordability of TB,
and appreciate the customer service that Jamestown Distributors provides. And free shipping!

Sanded the fairing compaund with 80 grit on a random orbital sander. Used a shop vac for dust collection.

Rolled on the TotalBoat Wet Edge paint, thinned with a cap full of Special Brushing Thinner to help slow down drying time on a hot day. Tipped with a chip brush.

The Wet Edge covered great and brushed on easily. We rolled the first coat and continued around for a second time for a "hot coat."

Log of Viper.

Monday, October 9, 2017

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 09 Oct 17 Sand and Prime

09 Oct 17:

We finished up the Sunbrella cover for St. Jacques. Skipper did the sewing, and got it done even with my help. She has made several covers and we incorporated the features we like to make a simple cover, robust enough to ride down the road as well.

Tie down straps as well as a drawstring pocket. Reinforced bow and oar lock points.

Back to work on Viper. Sanded off more old paint.

Sanded the hull with 80 grit on a random orbital sander. Vacuumed the hull then wiped with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner to remove sanding residue.

Poked holes in the rim of the can to help primer drain back into the can.

Time to prime, getting on to the fun stuff.

Rolled the TotalBoat primer.

Spilled primer, decided to make another floor Sunfish.

The primer covered great and will make a great "show coat" for fairing. It looks perfect from about 10 feet, but get closer and the little bumps and dips start to appear. More work to do.

No vacancy in the carriage house.

Log of Viper.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Small Boat Cover

Making a cover for St. Jacques. First we bought some cheap sheets to make a pattern, used double sided tape to join them together and laid them over the boat.

Marked along the side where we want the cover to end, then added 9 inches for seam allowance, drawstring pocket and a little extra for fitting.

Ordered Sunbrella Pacific Blue fabric, thread, maul, mat, grommets and punch from Sailrite.

When we got the Sunbrella, it was wide enough that we could just lay it over St. Jacques, clamp it and mark the seam. Skipper added 1 inch for a seam allowance. We also marked the bow and aft corners.

Next Skipper sewed the darts into the corners, and we cut long 5 inch strips to make a drawstring pocket. Those were joined using a french seam.

The drawstring pocket was sewn onto the cover, with the string already laid in. Webbing was also sewn in to the seam about every 3 feet to make tiedown straps.

The cover fits great and looks awesome on St. Jacques.

We decided to skip the grommets and use webbing for tiedown points instead.

Friday, October 6, 2017

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 06 Oct 17 Air Leak Test

06 Oct 17:

Took on about 1/2 gallon of water over 20 minutes. Ready for air leak test. Taped over all of the holes except for the cockpit bulkhead vent hole. Then pumped low pressure low volume air into the hull through the vent hole, soaped the hull with soapy water and looked for bubbles. Bubbles indicated an air leak.

Found a leak on the chine during the air leak test. Also found a few small leaks on the keel and deck seam.

We put the boat on its side and soaped over the top and bottom of the daggerboard trunk. Pumped in air, no bubbling = no leaks.

Filled the mast step with water and it did not leak.

Log of Viper.

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 06 Oct 17 Float Test

06 Oct 17:

Sanded the seam to remove excess epoxy. Be careful, the new fiberglass can be sharp.

A girl and her boat.

Float test was successful, just a few small leaks to chase down!

Log of Viper.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 05 Oct 17 Flotation Foam and Deck Hull Seam

05 Oct 17:

Got our TotalBoat flotation foam today from Jamestown Distributors, it is marine grade, closed cell so it won't soak up water. Hey look, we're in the Summer catalog :) Maybe we'll make the Winter catalog as well....

The foam works as an adhesive to secure the blocks in place and stiffen the hull. It also provides flotation. Mix the foam for 25 seconds and pour it quick. Before we poured it we put a strip of blue tape around the top of the white foam block, it mostly holds the foam in place while it starts to expand. Then we clamped the deck/hull seam tight while the foam did its expanding thing.

Clamped the seam tight while the foam expanded and cured. If not, it will pop the seam and make a mess. We try not to pour too much or it will ooze into the inside part of the seam and seal up the deck. That's bad because we still need to open the seam a bit and fiberglass it closed. With just alittle seam to seal up, you can foam the blocks and epoxy the seam all in one evolution, but not with as much seam as we had open.

Skipper thinks she can use the leftover foam for a hat mold.

Sealed the deck to the hull by wetting the seam and 4 oz fiberglass cloth with TotalBoat High Performance epoxy, then bedded the fiberglass strip into the seam with THIXO. Clamped the seam shut with light pressure, just enough to see the epoxy start to squeeze out.

Skipper sez "Float Test!"

All clamps on deck, we had about 20 feet of seam to seal up. Sometimes we do the bow first, then the stern the next day. But we had enough clamps to handle it today.

Log of Viper.