Update on Spark

GP14 Sailing Forums Forum Update on Spark

This topic contains 22 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Taffymat 1 month ago.

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  • #19131

    Arthur
    Participant

    For a boat I hope to have back in the water in two weeks, you would never know it. I will let these pictures speak for themselves.

     

    forward "naked" spark

    "naked" Spark stern

     

    Tomorrow I start cutting new decks and will hopefully be fitting them by Friday

  • #19132

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    The proposed timescale is a monumentally ambitious target;     good luck !!

     

    Oliver

  • #19137

    Arthur
    Participant

    Chine down she is repainted, I did not bother doing from the chine up until the deck is on. I am running out to the mill later to get a few pieces of wood I need and then tomorrow I start tracing and cutting the deck.

  • #19138

    norman
    Participant

    Good luck Arthur.  Hope you managed to get a builder’s badge.  Disappointed you didn’t acknowledge my offer!

    Norman

  • #19139

    Arthur
    Participant

    I cleaned mine up enough to be passable, Norman. Thank you.

    Spark now has decks. I used 6mm Okoume Ply. At the moment they are only roughed in, but hopefully tomorrow they will be attached and have at least one layer of varnish on them. Rather than copying the old deck exactly, I managed to trim the decks down to two piece per side, looks a little cleaner with two less seams in the deck.

    Once the decks are secured, I can finally paint the hull.

  • #19182

    Arthur
    Participant

    week and a half later:

     

  • #19183

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    Well done.

    Don’t forget to refit your rubbing beads / gunwales before you start painting and varnishing.   (Unless you intend using rubber or PVC D-fendering,  which is not in class but which would be a legitimate option for your situation.)

     

    Oliver

  • #19184

    Taffymat
    Participant

    Cool…. Great efforts. I’m sure she’ll look fantastic once complete.

  • #19187

    Arthur
    Participant

    I got something shiny for Spark today.

     

  • #19188

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    Very nice.

    Vintage pattern sheet horse.

    Bronze?    Newly manufactured?

     

    Oliver

  • #19189

    Arthur
    Participant

    Yes and yes, Oliver. From the pattern you so kindly sent my way. While I am setting Spark up for cruising, I never cared for the full width traveler. Yes, it is probably better for sail shape, but I think it detracted from the looks of the GP

  • #19192

    Arthur
    Participant

    and here we go, she still needs a rub down with some fine paper and a second coat, but after a summer of sanding, filling, sanding, more filling, and even more sanding.. Spark now sports a single colour on her hull. Kirby’s “See Red” which is more a burgundy than the bright red appears to be here.

  • #19213

    Arthur
    Participant

  • #19214

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    Looking good.

    But no rubbing beads? …

    I am a little concerned about the lack of rubbing beads,  because they are important protection.   And if using wood,  you will presumably want to varnish them at the same time as varnishing the decks.

     

    Oliver

  • #19216

    Arthur
    Participant

    I have them, Oliver, Just finished sanding them down smooth and putting the first coat of varnish on them. I was waiting for the paint to dry (the got a third coat today after I had to sand off a run I missed) and tomorrow she gets her rails.

  • #19229

    Taffymat
    Participant

    Looks great👍

  • #19247

    Arthur
    Participant

    Less than a month later:

     

    I still have some small details to attend to, but she is as good as done. I am going sailing tomorrow

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by  Arthur.
  • #19268

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    Well done;   enjoy!

    But I hadn’t known that you were borrowing my car for the photo-shoot!  …

     

    Oliver

  • #19298

    Arthur
    Participant

    what can I say, Oliver? you have good taste in vehicles.

    And just to prove that Spark lives.

    First time I had her out, well, second really. The first attempt saw me ripping the screws out of the rudder head due to high winds, a bad fetch, and my neglect in putting the rudder down. Thru-bolts are on order. This attempt was on a local lake, the winds were fickle, ranging from zero to 15 knots and clocking a good 45 degrees as they did so. I did not deploy the genny, but sailed along under main alone and still managed to get her to plane a few times.

    I also found my vexing leaks

  • #19301

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    Well done;   looking good.

     

    Oliver

  • #19324

    Arthur
    Participant

    I meant to show this off. At the most recent Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival held here in the States at St. Michaels, Maryland. A festival that has been running for 35 years and is the event to go to for small craft on the East coast.. I got this in the Restoration Class.

     

  • #19327

    Oliver Shaw
    Moderator

    Very well done,  and well deserved.

     

    Oliver

  • #19329

    Taffymat
    Participant

    Cool….. well done!👍

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