The George Blog – 10 Most Recent Topics

10 Most Recent Topics
Changes to Registering on the Site posted in News
New Design 165 posted in Design
Correction to Design 037 Drawing posted in Design
Fleetwood Shipwrecked posted in Design
First of the EasyBuild Range! posted in Design
Design 055 Ballast Feedback posted in News
Design 055 – Watertight Compartments and Ballast posted in Design
Trying plane posted in The Odd Word
Design 077 Slideshow posted in News
Design 160 – EasyBuild 24 – Modelling the Design posted in Design
Categories
Design (10 most recent)
The Odd Word (10 most recent)
News (10 most recent)
Recipes (10 most recent)
Archives
Design (Archives)
The Odd Word (Archives)
News (Archives)
Recipes (Archives)
Favourite Blogs & Sites
The British Humanist Association
Richard Dawkins
The Freethinker
Mercy For Animals

Changes to Registering on the Site

I fiercely support web and internet freedom – but that doesn't make it any the less annoying when targeted by ill-intentioned persons, who, it seems to me, contribute nothing of value and in fact, just pilfer and waste everyone's time to no good purpose.

I have always tried to make our website as easy and user-friendly as possible. To this end, we only collect the barest minimum of data when you register (to buy a design, to post on the forum, to see the free designs and so on), and the process has been very simple.

Unfortunately, this has finally attracted the "spam bots" – automated programs designed to create fake accounts for the purposes of then sending spam. While this doesn't in any way reveal members email addresses or any other details, it does clutter up our web server and it does lead to the likelihood of the spam bots sending spam emails that look as if they come from a mail address at whisstock.com.

So, reluctantly, I have made a couple of changes to the registration process:

Firstly, on the registration form, anyone new wishing to register will need to confirm that they are a real person. And secondly, instead of registering directly, they will now receive a confirmation email with an activation link to complete the registration – clicking the link completes the registration. Neither of these changes affect existing members.
Date posted: Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 | Comments (0)

New Design 165

This originates from a stretched version of Design 119 but is now developed as a completely new design. The first plans are now becoming available with the complete set following over the next month or two.

Design 165Two basic versions will be available – a saloon version and a doghouse version. They both share much of the same structures, rig, deck layout and interior layout.

The doghouse version has a long doghouse which gives standing headroom in the galley, separate wc compartment and the main saloon.

This image shows the doghouse version sail and deck plan. The saloon and doghouse coamings are upright to give maximum interior space; the cockpit coamings twist out to about 10º to give added comfort in the cockpit.

The doghouse roof overhangs the cockpit by about 200mm (8") to give extra shelter in the cockpit – and a nice place to sit up against the main bulkhead.

Design 165The spacious, light and airy interior has a good galley, a separate toilet compartment, a convertible V-berth forward and a comfortable quarter berth aft. The table stores on the outside of the WC bulkhead and hinges down over the centrecase.

With good standing headroom in the doghouse version, she will make a viable live-aboard small cruising boat as well as a great traditional style sailboat for holidays and weekends.

More details of both versions are under the Pocket Cruiser section – Design No. 165.
Date posted: Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Comments (0)

Correction to Design 037 Drawing

Drawing No. 037_004_03 (Mid Thwart Assembly) contained some errors in the Table of Offsets, which have now been corrected and a replacement drawing issued.

Many thanks to builder Dan Nica for identifying this.

George
Date posted: Monday, 27 Jan 2014 | Comments (0)

Fleetwood Shipwrecked

Very sad news today from Jack van Ommen – he was shipwrecked near Ibiza and Fleetwood was lost. Miraculously, Jack was able to get ashore unharmed.

He was laying ahull in very heavy weather in the aftermath of a force 9-10, storm waiting for daylight to attempt Ibiza harbor. Fleetwood failed to clear the end of the small island of Tago Mago and was swept on to rocks on the N.E. corner of the island.

More details in Jack's blog at www.cometosea.us.

A 30 year voyage is over – a new one begins.
Date posted: Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | Comments (0)

First of the EasyBuild Range!

I'm very happy to say that the plans for the first design in the new EasyBuild Range – No. 155 EasyBuild 4.5 half-decker – are now available to download online.

A lot went into this design. The first of a completely new range of boats. The first to come in a single all-inclusive package of "standard" plans, CNC cutting files and new enhanced plans for self-cutting parts if that is what a builder wants to do.

As with anything brand new there are a few things still to do. As of now, not all the build instructions are completely finished. And there are still a couple of plans to finish. But other than that, she is ALL DONE!!!.

I am also very encouraged to see that several sets of plans have been sold in the first few days of being available. And reports back from potential builders are very positive – about the plans, the unprecedented level of detail they contain, and most importantly the boat herself.

For truly, plans are nothing if the boat isn't just right.

George
Date posted: Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | Comments (0)

Design 055 Ballast Feedback

I was delighted to get the following email from the owner of a Design 055 – Le Rat d'Eau – sailing off the coast of Brittany, France:

"Have sailed quite a lot recently on my own and with others.  With my son-in-law and grandson we sailed from Fouras to the N. tip of Ile d'Oléron and back - on the way back on a broad reach, not reefed, the wind got up to force 4+ with 4ft. waves. My son-in-law, who is a very experienced sailor, was very impressed with the way she sailed.

Whereas previously (before ballast) she would heel quite dramatically to gusts, losing wind and power, she now stands up much better and 'drives on'. GPS showing up to 9 knots.

Have had similar experiences myself when single handed - on a broad reach in a force 3 yesterday - very comfortable at 7 Knots (with tide admittedly)."


Fouras to the North tip of Ile d'Oléron is about 10 -12 miles across Pertuis d'Antioche (The Straits of Antioch) in fairly open Atlantic waters, which is quite a substantial trip for a 15' open boat, so I am really pleased that the extra ballast has had such a good result.

Date posted: Wednesday, 04 Sep 2013 | Comments (2)

Design 055 – Watertight Compartments and Ballast

I am getting a lot of feedback from Design 055 owners and builders as to whether they can add watertight compartments to an existing 055, or an 055 in build. And the answer is of course, yes you can.

I am happy to make the PDF scale versions of the new CNC files, which include watertight compartments, available to any current 055 owner or builder – these won't be perfect because CNC files don't have and dimensional data on them – but they give the general idea.

I do intend to make dimensioned versions of the CNC files so they can be marked out and cut by hand, but this is some way down the line at the moment as it is a very time-consuming task.

That being said, I would be happy to discuss with any builder or owner the requirements for watertight compartments and provide suitable drawings to make the modifications.

The other component of taking Design 055 beyond her original design brief is the addition of 100kg of internal ballast (4 x 25kg pigs of lead) snugly and securely fitted each side alongside the centre case. This increases the capability of the boat substantially.

You really shouldn't add the ballast without making the watertight compartments – they do go hand-in-hand. Increased capability is great, but in utilizing it the extra buoyancy is vital.

Date posted: Tuesday, 06 Aug 2013 | Comments (0)

Trying plane

I'm making some kitchen countertops from 230mm x 20mm (9" x 3/4") Hard White Maple. The boards are about 3.000m (10') long – far to long for my little surface planer (jointer) to straighten the edges.

So, for the first time in about 40 years I got out my steel trying plane (a trying plane is the longest hand plane in general use at about 450mm/18" long), to plane the edges straight and square ready to be biscuit-jointed and glued together.

Building traditional carvel yachts often required the edges of a plank some 12m (40') long to be faired and a trying plane was a good tool for that job – but they didn't have to fit with quite the accuracy of a visible glued join in a kitchen counter top!

The most accurate/difficult job on these traditional boats was the coachroof/doghouse/cockpit coamings, which were often constructed from a single length of 25mm (1") Iroko, perhaps 10m (32') long, joined up from two widths, with vertical grain styles between the doghouse windows. Anyway, the trying plane came into use on those too.

The first countertop is glued up (I used WEST) and my shoulders ache! Another, longer one, to do tomorrow ...
Date posted: Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | Comments (0)

Design 077 Slideshow

I've added a lot more photos to the 077 slideshow, so it's now over 60 slides long. It takes a moment or two to load – many more and I'll have to split it into two slideshows!

The boat is very nearly finished – the last few slides are currently the casting of the lead keel. The builder has made a beautiful job of the boat – I do congratulate him. I'm looking forward very much to seeing her (the boat) on the water and sailing.

The slideshow link is here. It plays at 5 second intervals but you can pause it and manually advance or reverse, if you need more time to read the captions.
Date posted: Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | Comments (0)

Design 160 – EasyBuild 24 – Modelling the Design

I have had several requests to see how the modelling of this design is going; now there is a new slideshow on the site here. The slides change every 5 seconds, but you can easily pause them and use the forward and back buttons – which gives you longer to read the captions if wished.

As I have mentioned before, in newsletters, blogs and on the forum, we are building our virtual boat directly from the full size CNC files that we draw, so each component and each part is installed much as it will be when the actual boat is built.

My colleague in Turkey, with whom I am collaborating in respect of the 3D modelling of this design, is taking a break for a few weeks for major home renovations, but we shall be back on the project soon. In the meantime I am continuing to draw the structures and parts of the boat so that I am well ahead of the game for once!

George



Date posted: Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 | Comments (0)