Update on the boat building project
reported in TCP #36 (First Instalment). Ian Campbell's custom
designed motor/sailor catamaran using polypropylene, Polycore
panels. First a correction in the last article, I incorrectly
identified timber that was used in the fitout as Kauri when in
fact it was Kiri.
Work is going along at the Maryborough
Slipway despite what has been atrocious weather this year. If
you are a rice farmer you would be loving it but for boat building
this continually wet weather sucks! Using vinylester resins that
set quicker than epoxy is probably helping. Ian's goal of completion
in 9 months is still seemingly attainable.
Just a few pictures tell the story of the
progress to date.
Though the Polycore material is relatively
inexpensive, delivery delays are a concern. We'll keep you posted.
And Ian admits that the jury is out until the boat is tested
in the water but with Ian's engineering background and what can
be seen so far in the build, it looks OK. Walking about the bridgedeck
and cockpit reveal a pretty solid feel underfoot. Not like concrete
but similar to that of a good household timber floor. The hulls
are well supported with bulkheads close together and furniture
incorporated into the structure.
Ian doesn't incorporate much for accommodation in the hulls.
He prefers to keep the bridgedeck for living space and the hulls
for storage of stuff you don't need often.
Vega I, Ians previous boat, was laid out similarly.
This is a great test for this material.
Last note: Bob August of Polycore gave
a ring and we talked about Ian's project, the pain of building
and other stuff. He states that the delivery delays for Polycore
are getting worked out which as mentioned above was a concern.
TCP would like to see this material succeed. Anything that adds
to the variety available to builders has to be a good thing and
especially if it can save a few bob. The increases in the costs
of resins and foams etc
make saving money on materials
more than a hobby. That coupled with a hard market and reduced
values of finished product (lets be honest
boats are selling
for less when they are selling at all) has created some hardship
in the trade.