CATAMARAN BUILD – Bonding Bulkheads – Preparation is Key!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 195)

We’re surrounded by big bulkheads, and now it’s time to get the first one glassed in to the bridge deck.

We do a little jumping around in this episode, giving features to three of our biggest bulkheads. Matt does a quick explanation of #6, which will lead into our cockpit, before we give the grand tour of how things are laid out in our galley and salon – now that we have it all marked on the floor. 🙂

And after some trimming of bulkhead 4 to get it to fit into place *just right* we spend an afternoon adding the coves and fiberglass to permanently bond it to the deck.

Oh, and Georgie even makes a cute cameo at the end!

Tune in to see how things are shaping up!

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN BUILD – Welcome To My Shower (MJ Sailing – Ep 194)

The BIG bulkheads are going in!! And now we have walls and doors that make up the shower in our owner’s hull.

This next episode I love for two reasons. One, is I finally got around to adding a BUNCH of images and renders for you to see how the boat should look as we progress. The second is..

The BIG bulkheads are going in!! And now we have walls and doors that make up the shower in our owner’s hull. A very big feat for us because not only do we begin to see how the different areas in the catamaran are beginning to lay out, but we also managed to do this with our own four hands. A task we’d been somewhat dreading for weeks (just the thought of getting monstrous boards of foam into place), but it all worked out with a little team work.

Tune in to see how things are shaping up!

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN BUILD – First Bulkheads Go In!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 193)

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This video has some very exciting news!! Our first bulkheads are getting installed! They’re not the transverse ones which will split up our living space, but instead they are bulkheads 2 & 3, which divide up some of the storage in the forward hulls.

Matt makes sure that all is level and spaced properly before we permanently bond. The first step is to create a filet/cove with thickened resin, and then on top of that we add our two layers of 45/45 double biased fiberglass. Things are really changing around here, and we can’t wait to show you a special 360 video tour next week!

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

We Have a SECRET SIDE PROJECT (MJ Sailing – Ep 192)

Not only do we have the catamaran build happening in the tent, but there’s another secret project that we’ve been working on lately.

While I turn my attention towards that for a few days, Matt is still busy inside of the tent preparing for our bulkheads to go in. Now the unidirectional is in place and we have the alignment on hulls of where they’re supposed to sit, they just need to be trimmed into place.

Luckily, the laser needed for this was much easier to see this time! Stay tuned next week for when our first bulkheads get permanently installed!

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN BUILD – Measuring Bulkhead Spacing (MJ Sailing – Ep 190)

We’re AMOST to the stage where we can begin putting in our bulkheads!! But we have just a few preparatory steps before we can get there.

Although the bulkhead placements were provided by Max Cruise when we received the hull, we’ve made a few small tweaks, and now we need to go through and mark the new positions where all the bulkheads will be placed. First we measure them out on the floor webbing, and then bring out our lazer level to match up both sides. This also gives us a line to mark across the deck of where the edge of the bulkheads will sit.

The next day Matt goes through those five areas, and cuts out pieces of foam core to fill in the gap of the seam between the bridge deck and the hulls. This is because we want to create a level ramp for when we lay down our unidirectional fiberglass.

Q& A Questions:
Why do you unroll your 1208 fiberglass underhand?
The order for container #2 has been placed!
Why are you placing the narrower layer of fiberglass on top of the wider strip?

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN BUILD – Over 50 feet of Glassing in One Afternoon!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 189)

Now that we have bonded the bridge deck together, it’s time to glass all 50 feet of the inside seam. There’s multiple steps involved, including making sure all parts of the seam which did not have our methacrylate bonding agent push through, get a bit of thickened resin pushed inside. From there we cove any open spaces in the flange and wait for that to get tacky before we can add our fiberglass.

The seam receives two layers of 1208 fiberglass, with a bottom layer of 150 mm, and another layer of 100 mm covering it. To get this seam as smooth as possible, it receives a good coating of resin, and then has all air bubbles rolled out with a fin/metal roller. The last step is to apply Peel Ply cloth, which leaves for a fare/smooth surface, and also helps to push out the last of the air bubbles.

The next day, once all of this has cured, the two of us tackle the task of lifting the 38 ft hull sides up in the air. We do this so we have a better opportunity to level the hull before it receives 5 strips of unidriectional fiberglass from one hull to the other. (This prepares the areas for bulkheads ) Once in place, it will be nearly impossible to make adjustments to the hull.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

MattGyver Permanently Bonds The Bridge Deck (MJ Sailing – Ep 188 Part 2)

This is the moment we officially become a catamaran!!

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We hope you enjoy this week’s episode where we bond the bridge deck to the hulks with our methacrylate adhesive. To do the job we invite our Patron John and his son Jacob, where we keep the ability to lower the deck at the same pace.

Matt-Gyver has set up a system of four jack stands on the four corners of the deck, and by twisting the handles, we can raise or lower the deck at the same pace. But with a 40 minute clock counting down, can we do it in time?

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN BUILD – Seaming The Inner Hull (MJ Sailing – Ep 188 Part 1)

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Now that our inner hull piece has been attached with the methacrylate, it’s time to strengthen that seam by glassing the interior flange.

To start off this week, Matt and I go about strengthening the seam to the inner hull. This is where we had just bonded with the methacrylate, and the next step is going through to glass the interior. It will make the area incredibly strong, and leave us with no worries while we’re out sailing the high seas.

The fiberglass we’re using is 1208 – with a chop strand mat to the back, which we received from Griffco Products.

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We also answer one big question in the Q&A, which is – “When are you getting the second container?”.

So settle in and enjoy!!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN BUILD – Finally Bonding The HULLS TOGETHER!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 187)

We’ve finally done it!! We’ve made our first bond with methacryalte! Not much from keeping us being a floating catamaran now!

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We hope you enjoy this week’s episode where we make our very first bonds with our methacrylate adhesive. Matt and I had been preparing for days and days, but when it came down to it, we realized we didn’t want to do it on our own. So we brought our friends and fellow Patrons, Brian and Summer to help with the job.

We ended up being SO happy for the extra help, and everything came together so well. Make sure to take a look and check it out for yourself!

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie