What an exciting moment. Last Saturday it was finally time to pull our Arrow 1200 out of the shed, step the mast and put her into the water. There are so many things to do at the moment to fit her out properly for our first sailing adventure in August, I will post details later. Here are some snapshots:
A few tasks to do
Get her moving
crane lifting ….
… into the water
I had a bit of bad luck in the last couple of months. An infected bursitis needed surgical treatment and I am still having problems with my right hand. However, the building went on and actually we are not to far away from the finish line. So here´s an update.
The painting job is finally done. The exterior is spraypainted with glossy white Awlgrip and it looks awesome. The interior is all matt white. The hardest part was getting the surfaces all even flat. You need to at least squeegee the panels twice or seal them with a light filler before sanding and painting.
Anyway, we got it all done and we are happy with the result! The galley is almost finished, with an induction field as cooker. See how that works. The Fridge is 230 V as well.
This is the generator, suppying 4 kw continuous 230 V electrical power. It is situated under the forward bunk in the starboard hull.
The windows (Perspex) are glued with Sikaflex.
This is the hatch of the forward locker and it´s huge!
We just started with the installation of the daggerboard cases. It was a day´s work to cut out the hull and make them fit properly.
Cutting out the hull for the daggerboard cases
The case is in place
That is how the cases break through the hull.
The rest is business as usual – trimming the cases, decoring and backfilling the edges and finally taping the seams.
Next thing to do is the forestay fitting and the installation of the rudders. If everything works out well we´ll be in the water in 6 or 7 weeks 🙂 – and next time I tell you what the little guy at the top has to do with all of it.
Here we go,
the salon seating and the galley, assembled in a day …
recently I did not find the time to update the blog despite the enormous progress we made. The hull is ready painted now . Stephan did a great job spray-painting all surfaces with AWL Grip 2 Component PUR Topcoat. The result is fantastic! Perfect glossy finish on most parts and antislip on the side-, foredeck, cabin top and steps. The hulls are all covered with film until everything finished but you can already imagine the perfect look.
Stephan in action
cabin top with antislip
prodder in place
prodder in place, antislip still to come
bridgedeck reinforcement, openings for sheaves to lead halyards etc. coming from the mast back to the cockpit
Next the interior kit will be installed, faired and painted. The motors will get in place next week so we can start with the electrics in about a month. The mast is ordered to be delivered in April and we hope to be in the water by May/June 🙂
More details on that soon on a hopefully more regular basis.
Short update on the rudderboxes. Enough space for the hydraulic pump and the rudder arm. The hydraulic hoses will be led to the front. On the side there is an inspection hatch to get access to the mechanics. The rudder shaft will get an additional bearing at the top with an option to mount an emergency tiller.
Last week the complete hull has been coated with epoxy based primer. Now comes a last round of sanding before the hull is going to be spray-painted.
the Arrow 1200 is designed to have kick up rudders combined with tiller steering. However, we prefer to have wheel steering. In that case the catamaran is supposed to have fixed rudders what makes beaching almost impossible. So we thought about it and came to the idea of extended boxes which are able to hold the rudder stock with arm and a hydraulic cylinder … see the result below!
The case fits perfectly to the hull to take the forces of the rudder. It will be hinged with a SS bolt and held down with some break away device which we still have to think about 😉
That way the rudder comes up in case of collision and can be pulled up for beaching. Very happy with that!
the building didn´t stop, only we had other things to do as well 🙂
September 8, 2015
3080 g, 48 cm
Sorry for not updating this blog more regularly. It is more time consuming than I thought and we have a lot of other things going on besides our building project. Julia is expecting again :-), due date is mid of September. And I am moving with my primary business ( also September :-() which is pretty stressful at the time.
Anyway. there are some new photos uploaded to the gallery, so have a look. It is incredible to see the real dimensions of the cat now. From time to time I thought the 1360 would have been better but now I am definitely convinced – this is the right boat! We changed our mind regarding the tiller steering. Though I like the idea to be linked to the boat in a direct way I could not see where to sit safely as a helmsman with good sight and in reach of the sheets. So we decided to close the left window of the main bulkhead and install a wheel at that place. See the gallery for more explanations.
The next steps will be installing the remaining interior (galley, salon seating), the daggerboard cases, the electric drives and the rudders. Exciting!!!!
One more thing 😉 …. We get a lot of requests of people wanting to visit us. We perfectly understand your desire but for us it is hard to make all the arrangements, especially in the next couple of months. What we might do is selecting a weekend lets say end of October and do the sightseeing in a more compact way. Anyone who is interested, please let me know.
All the best and happy summer
Here are two photos of the forward section.
The space where Roman is working is going to be the diesel tank. It can hold apx. 200 liter and will be laminated directly into the structure. The opposite side will take the water tank, it will hold about 400 liter. To prevent sloshing we need to install 2 or 3 baffels with openings at the bottom.
The frame shows the size of the hatch. It is fairly large but it makes all four compartments accessible with only one hatch. Stefan used to install these on his own designs and they work very well. The hinges are going to be on the side, so you open it from the middle. A gasket makes it watertight. With the anchor, chain and ropes and stuff the compartments still need a drain.
We´re not far from installing the cabin top :-))