Thursday, January 01, 2009

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

Firstly Happy New Year!

I bimbled away in the workshop today on Katherine's 'Carbon Footprint'. It is nearing completion now and we'll post a proper update with photos soon.

I've enjoyed doing it, and I think it is an interesting example of reduce, re-use, recycle. In an increasingly more money and resource aware climate I find it quite amusing that we've got a practically new boat, of up to date spec from an old lowrider.

Freeboard reduced considerably
Weight reduced by approx 10kg
Flare size down to a bare minimum for lacing
Smaller foredeck

The hull is original, just a lot smaller now
Original deck - just bonded on the other way round this time for the best match to the wingbars
Transom and mid bulkhead
Kingpost is a broken windsurf mast
Top element of the gantry is from the original spreader set
Bottom panels of gantry cut out of the removed topside panels
Kickbar is a rejected toe rail from the bow of SWE 96 AC yacht from the skip outside Victory Challenge.

I'd say this is a pretty good example of how to recycle a lowrider!

Slow progress on the resin cures at the moment though as it has been so cold. The boat has had to come inside for a few nights. Just compression bars to fit now, and then we get into painting.

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