Friday, June 28, 2013

Working on a July Launch Date for the Optimist

My brothers and I have slowed our building of the Optimist down to a crawl. However, my brother Darren has taken the lead and wants the first boat to launch on July 4th.

He has purchased sail, tiller and extension, blades (rudder, centerboard), gudgeons from APS - Annapolis Performance Sailing.

To protect the chine he has laid down a 2 inch strip of fiberglass cloth in simple-clear polyester resin. It should provide a bit of resistance to any "hard blows" on rocks that make up the shore of our part of Lake Ontario.

Polyester resin is quick to harden and very easy to sand. It costs about half the price of shipping epoxy to us. It's just a short drive to the auto parts to pick up a quart.





3 comments:

  1. Hello,

    Another valuable post from you guys, after go through your post i remark these lines that To protect the chine he has laid down a 2 inch strip of fiberglass cloth in simple-clear polyester resin. It should provide a bit of resistance to any "hard blows" on rocks that make up the shore of our part of Lake Ontario.Nice and informative post as always.

    Thank you..

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  2. Are there plans for the mast? How are you going to tackle that?

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  3. Hey Danny, My brother has put his Optimist in and sailed it already this August. He went ahead and ordered the standing rig from APS. I'm going to make a mast from a salvaged Sunfish boom - probably. I would make that out of a hardwood but I have an old boom that is about the right diameter. The sprit and boom I will make from an old extendable pool vacuum handle. I'll be posting more this fall with complete details. Thanks, Kyle

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