messing about in boats

Nacra Inter 18 For Sale

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on June 14, 2010

Nacra Inter 18 For Sale

I’m so bummed out about this, but circumstances change and needs must, so she’s got to go. Take a look at the for sale ad on the F18 website and drop me an email if you’re interested.


Winter Drought

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on February 16, 2010

The lack of boating this winter is killing me. Bring on the warm weather so I can at least get out on the catamaran without fear of losing my limbs through frostbite. Oh for a boat with a heater, or at least a kettle…

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Fairing The Rudders

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on September 28, 2009

Although in pretty good shape, the rudders on my Inter 18 needed a bit of a clean up. One of them had been filled and faired previously, but the filler was standing proud and quite rough. The other had some nasty tar-like substance caked onto it. Not fast!

Inter 18 Rudders

Inter 18 Rudders

The factory gelcoat on the rudders is tough stuff and despite some chips and these bits stuck to it was still quite smooth; they definitely didn’t need rubbing down and repainting so out comes the trusty steel knife to shave off the muck. Sandpaper never really works for these jobs – it’s hard to get it flat without rubbing down the gelcoat as well. Besides, the gelcoat is smooth enough that nothing ever really sticks to it properly. The filler and the tar muck scraped off easily enough.

I’m not really sure what the filler was covering, aside from a few small scratches there aren’t any depressions or repairs to be seen underneath. Maybe someone ended up spilling a bit on there by mistake and tried to sand it back off. Who knows.

So aside from a couple of chips we’re good to go. Doesn’t seem much point in getting out the filler for such a small job so they can stay as they are until the hulls get a good fairing over the winter I think.

Neat F18 Catamaran Video

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on September 24, 2009

This is probably one of my favourite F18 catamaran vids at the moment. Ok so it’s not got anything extraordinary in it, just a Hobie Tiger buzzing around, but it does make me want to get out on the water which is what matters.