SibLim update

  • 30 Apr 2020 08:13
    Reply # 8936975 on 4315719

    It was a month between updates, and we Fanshi junkies were beginning to get twitchy, wondering when our next fix was coming.

    But oh, it was worth the wait! A bumper edition, full of information and full of great photos showing the quality of work and attention to detail that we've come to expect.

    I think I can see that you ended up with 10mm thick HDPE for the bilgeboard anti-chafe strips, slightly recessed into the surfaces. I hope that the boards aren't too snug in the slots - with such an effective foil section, they will lift strongly as soon as you start to lower them, pressing them against the inboard side of the slot. Only time will tell what level of slackness is best. HDPE can be planed down if they seem too snug during sailing trials.

    The wedges for the downhaul blocks look great. Are they bonded on as well as screwed? They will carry some load when the boards are used as legs.

    One thing I didn't see was some countersinking or rounding off of the holes for the rudder lashings, to keep the edge of the glass sheathing away from the cords, but I'm sure that will be visible in the next batch of photos.

    So the transom is to be black, and the bottom below the chine will turn green after exposure to sea water. I wonder when the paint job will go on the topsides? What will it look like?

  • 30 Apr 2020 02:18
    Reply # 8936641 on 8934122
    Anonymous wrote:

    Wall wart??? Que? Am

    True, not normally found on a boat unless it has those fancy generator things or is covered with solar panels. Check here for a few pictures of wall warts. These are the cheap power supplies that really should be inside the product but then the manufacture would have to have the whole thing tested (destructively in some countries) before they could sell it. With the wall wart only the company making that has to do the tests and because they don't change much, they can be added to the product with no testing as an off-the-shelf part. I probably said that way to quick for anyone to catch what I was saying... but anyway it is a shortcut to start selling something faster.

    And I thought I was pretty up to date with computer jargon.  Maybe I should have visited something other than food shops and chandlers over the last 4 years!

    Food shops are great, chandlers on the other hand always make me think of the liquor store after seeing the price tag.

    I shall take on board the hackers' keyboard and see if I can find one until such time as I get a real one.  I quite like predictive text- it can speed things up.

    predictive text is a great way to learn about Google's products... it will even change your friend Alex' sex to Alexia. I found I would type in the correct word and the predictive text feature would correct it for me and I would end up insulting someone. I am already butter fingers enough on my own.

    While it does take up more of the screen, I have found that turning my phone/tablet to landscape mode makes the keyboard bigger and easier for my fingers to hit.... or you could take lessons from the daughter in law who just wiggles here finger around the little keyboard on her phone and somehow whole paragraphs appear faster than I can type...

    And should have been firstly, the blog does not seem to be suffering for lack of computer. I like the lashed rudder hinge, it looks relatively reparable anywhere. (after many years of service of course)

  • 29 Apr 2020 02:14
    Reply # 8934359 on 4315719

    I must echo James and thank you, Annie, for keeping up your blog even though you are now reduced to using a small tablet. It is always interesting to follow, but especially so at the present time.

    You are making great progress now towards the finish line - things are going ahead fast!

    I am especially interested in your rudder "fittings" - I had hoped also to use the lashing method, but need to see it before I can properly understand how to do it. I hope I can come and have a look some time.

    Your foil-shaped boards are just wonderful - and now I finally understand how you will rig downhauls. How very clever it all is, and a credit to David too.

    I have a question - maybe someone can answer - does the epoxy resin completely lock in the copper (and the graphite on the parts which are to be black)? I have always worked on the principle that graphite is on the galvanic table along with the metals we use in boat-building, and and always avoided graphite grease near metal fittings in contact with sea water. 

    I am wondering, is the graphite on your rudders merely there to provide the black colour, and is there any risk of galvanic action with the copper coat?

    Thanks again for keeping up your inspirational blog, and for reminding us from time to time to have a look at it.


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  • 28 Apr 2020 23:18
    Reply # 8934122 on 4315719

    Wall wart??? Que? Am

    And I thought I was pretty up to date with computer jargon.  Maybe I should have visited something other than food shops and chandlers over the last 4 years!


    I shall take on board the hackers' keyboard and see if I can find one until such time as I get a real one.  I quite like predictive text- it can speed things up.

  • 28 Apr 2020 21:32
    Reply # 8933982 on 8932575
    Anonymous wrote:

    Oh Lord,  Len.  Powered USB hub - I'm now well out of my depth. I'll look it up when I have a bit of time.  And the mental energy.

    :)  Any USB hub that has a round hole to plug a wall wart into... though some of them use mini USB plugged power supplies just like the ones used for cell phones these days. Some  usb drives have the ability to be powered by a wall wart too.

    Anyway, I have finally and heroically,  updated my blog:

    Cool, I will go there next.

    www.anniehill.blogspot.com.  (Will someone please explain to me why you can't move forward or backwards on phone/tablets, but can only delete backwards.  It's infuriating.  I'm sure they could squeeze in a shifted key next to a.)

    It is the keyboard you are using, get hackers keyboard from your app store... has arrow keys and a delete key too. Also defaults to no word guessing.

      In spite of my best efforts some of my photos have ended up in the ether.  Or possibly the Cloud.   Anyway,  I can't find them, but I don't think it really matters :-D. There are plenty more where they came from!

    Maybe ended up in WOM... (write only memory)  :)  :)

    (the aliens have it?)

    All funniness aside, I have to admire anyone who is willing to edit blog posts (with pictures yet) on a phone or even tablet. Congratulations.

  • 28 Apr 2020 18:14
    Reply # 8933568 on 8932575
    Anonymous wrote:

    Oh Lord,  Len.  Powered USB hub - I'm now well out of my depth. I'll look it up when I have a bit of time.  And the mental energy.

    Anyway, I have finally and heroically,  updated my blog: www.anniehill.blogspot.com.  (Will someone please explain to me why you can't move forward or backwards on phone/tablets, but can only delete backwards.  It's infuriating.  I'm sure they could squeeze in a shifted key next to a.)  In spite of my best efforts some of my photos have ended up in the ether.  Or possibly the Cloud.   Anyway,  I can't find them, but I don't think it really matters :-D. There are plenty more where they came from!

    Annie as usual, your blog is inspiring in your work ethic and methodology.  Thought I was looking at Hugo Boss with all that black epoxy and bilge boards!

    Well done, can't wait to read it in depth.


    Particularly impressed in your use of Wharram rudder lashings.  "Soft" lashings and shackles are coming back.


  • 28 Apr 2020 18:03
    Reply # 8933540 on 8932575
    Annie wrote:I have finally and heroically,  updated my blog: www.anniehill.blogspot.com.

    Thanks!  That's a long blog and must have been a pain with inferior equipment.  Some of us really appreciate your blog, even at the best of times.  Right now, when all the boating is done vicariously, it's even more appreciated.

    Reading your blog, I alternate between wanting to build a boat, and being determined never to build a boat!  My head says no, but my heart says yes.  In the meantime, I'm storing up your methods and experience - I'd never met that way of attaching a rudder... I assume chafe isn't a problem?

  • 28 Apr 2020 10:06
    Reply # 8932575 on 4315719

    Oh Lord,  Len.  Powered USB hub - I'm now well out of my depth. I'll look it up when I have a bit of time.  And the mental energy.

    Anyway, I have finally and heroically,  updated my blog: www.anniehill.blogspot.com.  (Will someone please explain to me why you can't move forward or backwards on phone/tablets, but can only delete backwards.  It's infuriating.  I'm sure they could squeeze in a shifted key next to a.)  In spite of my best efforts some of my photos have ended up in the ether.  Or possibly the Cloud.   Anyway,  I can't find them, but I don't think it really matters :-D. There are plenty more where they came from!

  • 15 Apr 2020 17:20
    Reply # 8901594 on 8900928
    Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Len.  Thanks for that.  I've been told that my little tablet cannot run my external hard drive from one of those USB adapters, unfortunately.   I will get a keyboard once the gates are unlocked.  I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that I'd rather pay  $45 for something that lasts a few years rather than keep sending $3 jobs to landfill!


    Pretty hard to argue that one, as I type on a keyboard from the early 80s with real switches that was "cheap" at the time for $60 and now requires an adaptor from the 3/4inch Din plug to the 3/8 size ps/2 connector that no one uses any more...


    As for the USB drive, I expect if you were to use a powered hub between the two, it would work with your tablet. The tablet certainly would not be able to supply your USB drive with the power it needs. As for the hub, you would be looking for a USB2 hub as I don't think any of the USB to Go adapters are able to do USB3.

  • 15 Apr 2020 11:33
    Reply # 8900928 on 4315719

    Hi Len.  Thanks for that.  I've been told that my little tablet cannot run my external hard drive from one of those USB adapters, unfortunately.   I will get a keyboard once the gates are unlocked.  I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that I'd rather pay  $45 for something that lasts a few years rather than keep sending $3 jobs to landfill!

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