Preliminary assembly and first water test

Lets assemble the boat for a first water test.

 

Goals for this first water test:

  • Check watertightness hull
  • Check cog point hull with dummy loads and stability
  • Check rudder; does the boat steer? (some doubts about skeg/rudder profile)

But first, some things needs to be done:

The edges of the sail get a 2nd layer of epoxy resin.

After painting the edges, the hole sail gets anonther layer of epoxy resin. Surface finish is now very smooth.

Reassemble the sail after the finishing epoxy resin layer.

Positioning holes skeg

Using painter's tape to mark the 25mm boreholes in the hull for the skeg.

First preliminary assembly of the mast anchoring in the hull.

Contraweight Sail

Needs a whole box of M12 washers to align cog point sail in mast. Ordered some extra parts for the mast joint. Will not be finished before the first water test, so dummy loads need te be used.

Time for the first water test in the Delftse Hout. It floats! No water leakage near the protruding anchorpoints (centerboard / skeg) in the hull.

Dummy load.

Bow is deep in the water. Centre mast should be placed 250mm in aft direction.

Simple stability test with dummy sail load.

Happy with (some) results.

  • OK: watertightness hull
  • NOT OK: cog hull; mast position needs to be repositioned.
  • NOT OK: rudder; boat does not steer: skeg needs to be smaller, rudder needs to be bigger.

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