Monthly Archives: June 2008

Green seas in Qingdao.

Seems the Olympic sailing events in Qingdao will be interesting. I found this article by Laura Baldwin on Sail-World. 240 boats try and remove sea-weed from the Qingdao Olympic course area Australia’s 470 Coach, Victor Kovalenko shared these photos and … Continue reading

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Blasting the inside of ‘Waratah’.

The blasting of the inside of hull and deck is well underway. Here the first pictures. Note how the engine is hanging belowdecks, nicely wrapped up to protect it from the dust.

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S/V Kaiwo Maru.

I paid a quick visit to Kobe last week. From my hotel room overlooking the harbour, I could see the ‘Kaiwo Maru’. She is a fully rigged four masted sailing vessel. Together with her sister ship the ‘Nippon Maru’, they … Continue reading

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Blasting and prime coating of the hull.

Last week the blasting of the hull was done. Here some pictures of the blasting pot, the blasting process, and the finished hull. Then the first coat of epoxy primer was applied. ‘Waratah’ looks very different already. Next week the … Continue reading

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Cape Town.

The two main suppliers of equipment for my S/V ‘Waratah’ project, Central Boating and C-Dynamics, are based in Cape Town. I thought it was a good idea to visit them while I was in South Africa, so I spent a … Continue reading

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More on ‘Waratah’.

A few more pictures taken during my recent visit to South Africa. All the cut-outs for hatches and windows are ready. A lot of time had to be spent on grinding the welds of the hull. Paper disks have to … Continue reading

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A gold miner is me.

Not often does one have the chance to visit a real gold mine. So I was very fortunate, that on my last visit to South Africa Wynand arranged that I could go down in the gold mine where he works. … Continue reading

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