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  1. Dang, one step forwards, 2 backstay tangs backwards. I suppose it was bound to happen. I was innocently preparing the aft deck of the main hull for a base layer of 1708 biax when I noticed what appeared to be a crack across the SS triangular backstay tang. I called surveyor Steve over for a closer look, he didn't like it either so in short order it was condemned. First I belted it with a lump hammer both ways, convinced it would shear and fold over leaving a jagged streak of corrosion, but it didn't. Ah well, I chopped them both off anyhow. If a backstay failed when pressing hard upwind,
  2. Hey up, Sunday saw Steve and I marching on, 'slowly but surely'. It was really odd to be getting on with normal business with Cat 4 hurricane Sam well to our South and kind of heading our way. I guess it is a testament to modern modeling along with satellites plotting and predicting every fart out there. When I arrived in the BVI's in 1994, before I knew it, it was 1995 and a very active season. We just had a twice weekly fax from the 'Office of Disaster Preparedness' that gave a synoptic chart for the tropical Atlantic. Seeing Sam out there would have definitely set us into 'action stations'.
  3. Page 4, year 4 and 30k views! Let's hope hurricane Sam does not come to bear next Thursday as per the EURO model ensemble. The GFS has it way North. It's all about how quickly the ridge of high pressure comes back once Peter departs.
  4. A tale of 2 tents. So, after sketchy progress due to weather, washing machines and holidays, we are back on it. With winter coming on and the midday sun on its way to Southern latitudes our work site gets a continued beating from the tropical sun. Time for another tent to shade the main hull aft of the bulkhead. It's an odd time of year to be putting up tents, especially looking 10 days ahead but it has to be done. Sunday saw Steve, Paul Jnr and I on it, powered by a freshly deep fried batch of Paul's Scotch eggs. These are a work of art and a firm Regatta favourite. One of the essential
  5. No work on TJ to report I'm afraid to say. Not weather related, just life getting in the way. Washing machine blows up and the head race bearings seize up on my old Yamaha trail bike. That leads to emptying the utility room that had become a bit of a post Irma centre of hoarding excellence. That just creates more work with water heater pipework and so on. Unrelated comes a wierd wiring fault in the house and a refrigerator steadily leaking water. In addition to all that work life is full on with 2x 30' RIBs to finish up. 'Cheese on bread' as we say here! Hopefully back on it this Sunday.
  6. Today was a solo stint, it was actually a good day for that given the project in hand. It was time to cut the openings in the new starboard chainplate. It was not a case of 'measure twice, cut large', it was more like get it right first time or face an uncomfortable couple of weeks going seriously backwards. To be honest the thought of making composite chainplates was daunting at first. Your mind conjures up images of technicians wearing crisp white overalls in perfect laboratory-like conditions, vacuuming epoxy thro pipework into exotic weaves whilst wearing shiny new protective glasses.
  7. I'm back! What a great break from it all back in the UK. As a family we are feeling totally 'caught up' with the fossils and other relations. The weather wasn't too bad, 'Devon would be a nice place if it had a roof!' The old joke goes 'I had a lovely 4 week holiday in Devon', 'really?, how was the weather?' 'Not too bad, it only rained twice, once for a day and once for 3 weeks!' ha ha. Anyhow, team TJ had little chance to race on with projects in my absence, most Sunday's were washouts. Even last Sunday saw fledgling TS Grace rule out any chances of restarting. Today was a Sahara d
  8. Time for a break, I'm off to the UK with my family for 3 weeks so long as all of us test negative. Poor old Tortola is in the thick of a Covid community spread explosion, 2 more deaths today and surely more to follow. The majority of the population here have chosen not to vaccinate, driven more by dogma than reason. We have gone from single digits to nearly 2000 active cases within 10 days, there will be more deaths for sure. Sad but true. Hey ho, coming up is a link to Sam Child's take on a Triple Jack update. I taught him to sail years ago and like many other youngsters I have not seen
  9. A fine day today with the full regular crew on top form. Steve and I attacked the stbd chainplate. Paul Jnr was on his knees, Senior grappled with his port and starboard inner coachroof to vertical bulkhead closing panels made with half inch marine ply. Sam Childs, a budding young videographer joined in the fun and got some footage of us telling bad jokes and swearing. He is pictured here after I had asked him if he had more teeth than the rest of us! It took a gallon and a half of epoxy to get halfway with the chainplate. First in were large biaxial laminates covering the entire bul
  10. Randii, OK, so now I know FEA is this Finite Element Analysis was a process developed for engineers by engineers as a means to address structural mechanics problems in civil enginee… But what is CFD? Complete fucking disaster?
  11. The TJ team is happy to help out too. If you need to know if you are cut out for this sort of thing we offer a free evaluation. Get yourself down to the BVI's and join us for a couple of Sundays, we will let you have a free and honest evaluation of your chances. The serious side to this is trying to make sure that this gem ends up in the right hands! Here's the ad on Craigslist. 34’ Trimaran. Project boat - boats - by owner - marine sale (craigslist.org)
  12. Yep, this boat definitely needs saving. A walk in the park compared to 'Triple Jack'. They were built in the same year, 1979, and I can see oodles of airex cored panels which are basically inert and indestructible! The 'look' is SO Kelsall, the bow on view is pretty much a mini Triple Jack. Fingers crossed for this old girl, keep the name!
  13. Thanks 'Gone Ballistic', you stuck a chord there. If TJ had been a balsa cored construction she would have 'passed' many moons ago. Nothing against it, but if it's balsa, own it from new and and be damn sure that you never let water ingress be an issue. I built 15 'IC24's' that started off life as 1980's J24's, I have done more than my fair share of 'soggy/rotten balsa. As for U tubers I have to confess that I do follow a few offerings. Surely #1 has to be Sampson Boatworks and the rebuild of 'Tally Ho'. Leo hails from rural Somerset, proper West Country. He has fearlessly and expert
  14. 'Oh my God, look at her butt' That was the story of the day. Paul Senior took on a huge internal hose down with deck brush and soap, then vacuumed out a couple of months' worth of grinding debris. Not a job for the faint-hearted. Steve juggled the outside 'step to beam and roof' connections...they will be glassed up mid week. So what of the butt? Well, I was merrily grinding away 40 years of paint from the main hull aft deck. I started to see laminate move under the grinder around the old pivoting rudder cheeks. Lurking underneath the last 3 feet of aft deck lay that nasty old crumbly dec
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