Hop It!


Wednesday 5 September 2012

1470 Hours So Far

I live in an area of Kent which historically is renowned for hop growing , an essential ingredient when brewing beer. In days gone by, I recall hop vines as far as the eye could see; sadly today England imports most of its hops from mainland Europe. Faversham, Sittingbourne’s sister town, is a few miles east along the A2, and holds an annual Hop Festival; lots of country dancing, lots of music …. and lots of drinking. On Sunday we visited the festival, and took time out to walk along Faversham Creek to admire the Thames sailing barges which once transported goods(mainly bricks) up to London. The photo above is a hop vine taken on Janine’s iPhone.

We continue to plod on. Today we cut out the remaining 9mm deck pieces, and later put the first coat of epoxy on the undersurfaces. I hope to do the second flood coat tomorrow.


One thought on “Hop It!”

  1. I had stumbled upon your project a couple years ago, then again this morning while clearing out my “Favorites”.
    Building a boat, an obsessive passion to be sure. I built a 40′ Narai in 1972 and forward. Actually built two of them. After an article was written about mine in the Wooden Boat magazine I had folks from all over the world contacting me for information. I was able to stave off the offers to increase my personal workload for a while, but there was one gent who relentlessly pursued me to build another for him. At 22 years old I finally succumbed to the pressure and considered just how much more work would it be to build two at the same time than just one? Seemed to have some reason associated with the process. The actual answer falls (with hindsight) into around three to four times the amount of work. Had to build a building to house this project after the fact over top of the hulls already growing out of the ground. Was building a cat for goodness sake so instead of 80′ of waterline to work with (mono hull) one boat sported 160′ feet, two cats produced 320′ of waterline and all the additional tasks required to finish the vessels. Eight years later the were done. But it makes for a good story. We still {own} or should I say have possession or a stewardship position with one, the “Patient Lady”, which still sits as proud as the day she was set in the water. Hopefully we will be taking her over to the Bahamas this coming year for an extended cruise through the out islands.

    I ran 12 to 1 scarfs on all ends and edges of everything. All stringers, and even the plywood. So, there are no butt joints and all fair curves with none of the flats that butt joints produce. Many of the modifications which were made on these boats were later incorporated in Jim’s designs.

    This will make you a fine vessel which will last multiple life times.

    You will be amazed just how much wood, fiberglass, and epoxy dust the human body can ingest and process. No one used any protection i.e., respirators, body covers, gloves, etc. at the time. I would wash down with MEK and any thinners which would cut these new materials off your skin. The information was not readily available nor were the products. I am certain these actions have taken a toll, however, I am still healthy in all counts and hopefully the liver has regenerative qualities to protect us against the ignorance of youth.

    I have some photos to send or attach. How is this done? Please feel free to email any time.

    Best regards,


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