Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It's too COLD!

Happy Holidays to all my readers.  I hope you find peace in your lives and find time to relax with friends and family during this holiday season!

Work has really slowed on my Scarab.  The weather has not cooperated at all.  Despite having an insulated garage with insulated doors, I struggle to keep the temperature above 40 degrees F.  This is too cold in my opinion for epoxy to cure.  So, I think I will change my plans while I wait for warmer weather.

Here is were everything stands today.  The main hull has all the seams filled and is waiting for glass tape on the seams and full glass on the bottom.  The first float has the seams taped and a full covering of glass on the outside.  It needs the inner seams taped and full glass before installing the bulkheads.  The second float has the seams taped on the outside but needs the final coating of glass on the bottom before I can remove it from the strong back and glass the inside.  Since I am on vacation the last week in December, I may try one more time to turn up the heat so I can at least get some more glass work finished.  If not, I plan to start cutting the bulkheads for the floats and I can glass them in my basement where it is warm.

Other developments, Last summer I purchased a used mast from a Hobie 18.  The mast is like new which could save me much work and money if I can make it work.  I was looking for a second mast so I could splice two together to make the mast as designed on the plans, but after discussions with a rigger, I decided to use the mast as is.  The difference in length is 380mm.  I also compared the sail dimensions of a Hobie mainsail to the dimensions on the plan and discovered the luff on the Hobie sail is 235mm shorter than the Scarab sail and the Leach is 181mm shorter.  I found a sail maker through my local Hunter Marine dealer who can make the Scarab sails with the shortened luff and leach.  I'm waiting for a quote to see what a set of sails will cost.  More on the mast and sails will come in the future.

Happy Holidays to all!!


  1. its been a long time.. are you still there?

  2. Have you finished the boat yet? Would love to know how it sails and your thoughts about the boat.

  3. Hello? Are you still building the 650? I live about 40 minutes east of Jefferson and would love to speak with you about the build. I have a contact page on my website at ... Let's connect!