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  • Mini Boat Yard Episode 8 - installing the longitudinals

    I’m done adding all the longitudinals to the hull! This included all the stringers, the two tangents per side and the sheer clamps. Next up, adding the hull panels.

  • Did Mini MK3 kit - which part goes where

    The kit for my Mini 650 came without any instructions. It took me a whole day to figure out which part goes where. I made a list. Maybe it’ll help somebody else one day. Not included in the kit: stringers hardwood cap for the bow the plywood covering the tangents plywood to cover the h...

  • Mini Boat Yard Episode 7 - setting up the building stocks and ...

    Setting up the building stocks and bulkheads. The hull is taking shape!

  • Mini Boat Yard Episode 6 - unboxing, assembling bulkheads, hea...

    I unbox the Mini 650 kit, assemble the bulkheads and round off their edges. I need a heating system for the workshop.

  • Mini Boat Yard Episode 5 - painting the hull, went sailing, fi...

    After applying two layers of top coat, the dinghy is finally finished. I went sailing in the south of France on an RM 1260, a modern wooden boat.

  • Mini Boat Yard Episode 4 - applying primer, sanding, shaping foam

    I have applied the primer and sanded it off again (as planned), which took two weeks. I’m tired of sanding. The hull is now ready for the top coat. I’ve shaped the foam floatation and waterproofed it with epoxy.

  • Composite chainplates

    From very early on, I’ve been planning to use synthetic standing rigging instead of wires. It doesn’t corrode, it’s lighter, and I can install it myself – no wire terminals that require a machine to make, just lashings and splices everywhere. What I didn’t like was that I would get rid of the met...

  • Mini Boat Yard Episode 3 - lots of sanding, sawing foam is a l...

    After applying another epoxy coat, I hand to sand the boat all over again – most of it by hand, as the power tools are to big to reach into the tiny spaces of a tiny boat. Argh! Next was fitting the foam floatation. There’s a block of foam under each seat, which makes the boat unsinkable, even w...

  • Single handed training weekend

    I just came back from a weekend of single handed sailing training in Heiligenhafen at the Baltic Sea. Organized by German Yacht Magazine, us 12 participants were joined by three coaches, all Mini Transat veterans: Boris Herrmann, professional sailor, currently hunting records on boats such ...

  • Mini Boat Yard Episode 2 - boat kit, saws, epoxy and lots of s...

    The big boat’s kit has arrived in a huge 200kg box. I have decided to not open it until the dinghy is done, so that I don’t have to deal with two boats at the same time. I have coated the dinghy with another layer of epoxy. Getting the epoxy on was the easy part – sanding it afterwards took fore...

  • Mini Boat Yard Episode 1 - finished table, eco-friendly epoxy,...

    I have finally finished my workshop table. The kit for the big boat has been manufactured — well, CNC-cut from a few sheets of plywood — and is now somewhere in Greece, waiting to be shipped to Germany. A the company doing that is being a bit of a pain: Their trucks are huge and they’re afraid th...

  • Red barn boat building videos

  • Gunboat G4 is flying

  • Mini Boat Yard Episode 0 - building a workshop table

  • The Mini Boat Yard

    Things have been moving forward quite a bit in the past weeks. I have finally found a permanent place to build the “big” (Mini 6.50) boat. It’s a 48sqm shed inside a huge industrial hall - and it’s in Berlin, so I don’t have to travel forever to get to it. The one problem this place has is that t...

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