brockville to iroquois locks - day 3

Easy slow day today after the long run yesterday. Did some swimming and cleaning in the morning, and left our anchorage at Brockville just before 1pm. Zero wind today, so motored down the channel to Iroquois Lock. Anchored around a small island just before the lock around 4pm. Did some …


kingston to brockville - day 2

The winds did not disapoint and we had a really wonderful downwind sail from Simcoe Island all the way to Brockville. Had some excitement when we unexpectently met the pocker run coming through the 1000 islands. Crazy timing in that we basically met the start of the run at the …


finally leaving the dock - day 1

We are finally off! After missing all our deadlines, July 7th originally, with a backup plan of July 15th at the latest, we finally managed to get off the dock today, July 19th.

It's been a chaotic few weeks, completing the dingy build, getting all the last minute projects on …


finishing the pt11

Alright, last post on this PT-11 build. This past couple of weeks has been a real push to get this done for our trip. I didn't do the best job at documenting the last bits, but here is what I do have...

First we installed the foot braces, ore locks …


painting the outer hull

Paiting the outerhull starts with a lot of sanding and then de-dusting. Coated the hull with Epifanes #800 white 2 part poly-urethane. This ended up being a tricky process. The paint requires a good mask, and is a strange thing to work with. The first two coats went on really …


new side ports

This side ports project ended up being a rather large undertaking....

The old ports were leaky and super crazed to the point where they were hard to see out of. I decided this winter I'd tackle replacing them.

My original plan was to simply remove the old ports and frame …


gloss coating inner hull

A few little jobs getting the alighnment clips fitted, and then the holes oversized and filled with epoxy.

Lots of sanding and de-dusting prep for coating the inner hull. Did a big garage cleanup to try and minimize dust, and then a lot of sanding, vacuuming, wiping down, and then …


final gloss coating outer hull

Slower progress the past month... It's been a mad rush to get our big boat launched and so I haven't had nearly as much time to work on the dingy.

Got the outer hull all faired. I'm not sure how fair I ended up getting it, but hopefully good enough …


boat launch

Finally got the boat launched. We are usually in the water early May, but the ports project took forever and so we were pretty late getting there this year.

A few photos here of our VC Offshore bottom paint. We went with a lanolin based coating for the prop. Pretty …


finishing glassing and fill coating hull

Lots more glass work, finished glassing hull bottom, transom, and gunwales.

Started epoxy coating the foot brances and oar locks.

Added fairing to smooth bottom glass into hull. This allows much thicker glass on the bottom of the hull to smoothly transition to only 6oz glass on the sides of …


boat delivery to toronto

Helped a friend deliver a Benetau 31 from Bath to Toronto. Really nice boat, and first sail of the year for 2024.

Almost 24 hours exactly from port to port, pretty light winds, but we were able to sail most of the night. Ended up having to replace an impeller …



glassing the gunwales, daggerboard trunk, fairing the hull

Lots of work glassing the top of the gunwale, and edges of the bulkheads.

Routered out the daggerboard trunk, and installed the re-enforcement strips.

Put the hull together and did a fair bit of sanding to fair the hull down. Rounded over the chines, and the aft transom edges. Finally …


gloss coating the foils, glassed skeg, and prep for gunwales glassing

Added the fillet to the foredeck and installed the breasthook.

Sanding and gloss coated the foils. You can see a little wrinkle in the glass as it's sanded, and then what it looks like when it gets gloss coated (pretty much invisible).

Glassed the skeg.

Glassed the edges on the …


sanding, gunwale screws, skeg, foredeck install, more glassing

Lots of sanding work on the foils to get the edges all fixed up and ready for glassing the other side.

Added screws to the gunnels to prevent possible failure at that spot.

Glued on the re-enforcement strip to the skeg.

And the big job has been getting the foredeck …


glassing bulkheads and foils

Got the bulkhead faces all sanded and preped and laid up the glass on these. This involves sanding them on end, and then wetting out the glass while standing on the table.

Also started glassing and filling the rudder and daggerboard, as well as the rudder trunk.


hardening edges, finishing seat install

Started work on hardening the edges of the boat. This involves sanding a bevel on the edge that gets filled with epoxy with a tape dam as shown. Lots of sanding next.

I also glassed the edges of the seats, and then sanded and filleted around the seats. These seats …


mast step and finishing seats

Installed the mast step tube. It looks well centered and very secure.

Coated the inside of seats (these will be water tight for floatation), and glued on the seat tops.

Cut the mast step hole in the foredeck and did the last coat of epoxy on the underside of the …


work on seats, and fitting the foredeck

Shown here are the blind fillets for the aft seats. These are done by taping the lid in place with some plastic tape along the edge, and then filleting around the edge. Once the fillet has cured the seat top is removed and you have this fillet bonded into place …


cutting the boat in half!

Finished sanding and re-coating the gussets, and installed the connective hardware in the main bulkheads.

After that it was a matter of cutting the boat in two. This took a good long time (hours). I didn't have the best saw for this, but it worked out for the most part …



glorious sanding, shaping gussets, towing eye, starting on foils

Lot of work sanding the chines down. Days of sanding at my pace.

Did the shaping of the upper gussets, looking nice and smooth now. Very satisfying.

Drilled the hole for the tow eye in the stern. Rather scary hitting that with a hole saw after all the delicate crafting …


glassing the inner chines

This seems like a small step, but took me forever. Cutting all the glass strips and peel ply, prepping, and making the time to do the whole layup was daunting. Got it all done though and it worked out pretty well in the end.



volvo penta 2002 engine mounts

Decided to tackle installing new engine mounts this winter, and it turns out it's probably a good thing I did. The old ones were obviously pretty worn, but I hadn't noticed that one of them was actually not even attached. It turns out the bold (hidden inside the attachment bracket …


installing main bulkheads

Another weeks worth of work... Removed all the wires and injected the hold with epoxy. Sanded down the hull.

More work on the danggerboard trunk assembly, and glassed the bulkheads.

Installed the spacers and attached the two bulkheads together (these will be cut apart later).

Installed the main bulkheads. This …





attaching the gunnels

Attaching the gunnels, this is a challenging step to glue up and a lot of screws! Lots of prep work but nice to have them on there finally.




started work on pt11

Started work on PT11 Dingy!

I've been lusting after this dingy for a few years, and finally pulled the trigger and actually ordered it. Now the challenging part of actually assembling it.

Very first step of gluing the puzzle joints together for the long panels.


removed old ports

Removed the old port lights. This is a scary step, but refreshing as they were leaking and extremely crazed.