The continuing life of "Heihei", our 'Centennial Spray'

These photos will (hopefully) record the construction and ongoing life of our Bruce Roberts
'Centennial Spray 38'.
MANY thanks to Blair Boats for making the project happen!



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First lamination

After cruising for a couple of years (AND wearing out our 'dodgimini'), we've decided that a drier, warmer, cooler, more comfortable cockpit is in order. So, the canvas top will be replaced with a hard-top. We've decided to use a foam/glass construction to save weight, but will use the expanse to carry more solar panels, lights and antennas. We started with a female mould, onto which we laminated a layer of triaxial glass and carbon. A large central hatch can be removed to allow for engine removal.

Onto the inside skin we vacuumed a layer of 25mm foam. This was cut around the cabling conduits and timber blocking for lights and speakers.... 

Foam vacuum
Top lam vacuum

The top lamination of matching triaxial glass and carbon was vacuumed over the foam.... 

The top removed from the mould. Mullions and rails for the glass windscreen will be made out of solid box-section fibreglass. Timber blocking is for attachment of solar panels.

Lam complete

Dodger top underside.


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