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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewisboats View Post
    I didn't check but is he using GTAW(TIG) or SMAW(Stick) welding?
    HE who??.... If your talking about the Brent Swain design boat photos he is using the SMAW process (stick welding)
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan McCosh View Post
    Wonder if you could rivet and glue--they make Jaguars that way these days.
    Ford bought 1/2 of Jaguar. So in retaliation, England bought 1/2 of American Airlines.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan McCosh View Post
    Do you do the welding from the inside or the outside?
    (Donald Branscom answering )A boat hull should be all tacked together. Then the finish welding should be done on the inside first.
    All welding must be done evenly and starting in the center of the hull and work towards the ends. Both sides alternately at the same time. There can be some differences between welding aluminum hulls and steel hulls.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    Newsletter Late August 2012.


    Howdy Sea gypsies


    August has been a good one.... The weather was much nicer than july i
    must admit. even some of those wwoofers start to complain about too
    much sun!

    We have had quite an invasion from volunteers lately, and majority has
    been from US, so now we have a distinct texas-slang around here.

    Boatbuilding is going forward with the speed of light kind of... The
    deck is on. The deckhouse is fixed. Even with the possibility to
    remove to store big stuff inside. We are now working on
    interior. Space for six bunk beds, kitchen and toilet/shower needs
    some thinking...

    We got some cool news lately. two volunteers (french/american) who met
    less than one year ago here on farm, got married... even after
    struggeling so hard to keep those girls and boys in separate barracks!
    ... some stuff must have been happening after dark... hmm. :-)


    That was big and small news from our coolest sea gypsy tribe this
    month. If you fancy joining us, please drop us a line...


    Some pictures from last month.

    a: happy volunteers eating lunch
    b: Deckhouse is soon on.
    c: two pretty mermaids taking care of the raspberry field.
    d: forehatch girl cleaning up inside boat.
    e: wedding picture...


    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1346596178
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    Love from
    Sailing the farm - a sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

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    Newsletter October 2012.

    Our big accomplishment this month was getting the winter bathroom
    constructed, insulated and piped - just in time for the first big
    freeze to hit the pipes in the summer bathroom. (Just in time to wash
    some dirty sea gypsies.) At the beginning of September, it was just a
    dark, drafty hole in the corner of the barn, and now it's a warm and
    bright room with heating, double-glazed windows, a fancy new
    shower... oh, and two couches, a worktable, a bookshelf and our sewing
    machine. We decided it was too big to just be a bathroom, so we made
    the other half into a winter living room. (If showering in the living
    room and hanging out in the bathroom sounds like a weird combination,
    just think of it as practice for living on the boat.)

    In boat news, the deck is on, the deckhouse is constructed and
    suspended precariously from the boatshed ceiling, and we've started on
    the sub-deck and the insulation inside the hull. There's a lot of
    infrastructure to go under the sub-deck - tanks for diesel and fresh
    water, a greywater holding tank under the shower, and 5.5 tons of lead
    ballast. Last week we cast another 600 kilograms of ballast in our
    evil-looking smoky wood-fired crucible - only 1.5 tons left to go!

    We've been doing a lot of farm work the last couple months - fall is
    always a busy season. We harvested those crops we planted back in May
    - onions, carrots, and 300 kilograms of potatoes! - plus lingonberries
    from the nearby forest which we made into jam. And getting ready for
    winter is a big job - cleaning up heaps of scrap wood, burning trash,
    raking hay, organizing the bee stuff, putting snow chains on the farm
    equipment, ghostriding the old tractor into the barn, and getting
    things stowed under roofs before they get lost under the snow until
    spring. We had our first big snowfall last night - about 15cm, and it
    looks like it's going to stick around. The official end of summer
    time on Saturday means the sun goes down around 4:30pm these days, but
    that just gives us more night hours to watch for northern lights.
    Tomorrow is Halloween, and we're going to celebrate by dressing up
    like boatbuilding farmworkers and stealing candy from passing
    children. Happy winter!



    Some pictures and movie from last month.


    This is our house band.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuzEK...layer_embedded


    a: Beware of moose on deck!
    b: Harvesting the carrot crop.
    c: Making jam from local lingonberries.
    d: Fishing in the local lake.
    e: Fall bonfire with guitar.
    f: Making Swedish pea soup for lunch.


    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1351626439
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1351626445
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1351626453
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    Love from
    Sailing the farm - a sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

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    Newsletter December 2012.

    Dear All,

    First of all, Mucho Gracias for all contribution this year - This
    doesent goes just for those of you who have been flying, driving,
    peddaling, walking and swimming up here to lend a hand on the farm and
    the shipbuilding - but it goes also to you who have send support
    mails, commented on forums, asked to help sponsoring the project and
    mailed us. Without your support, we would never have come this far.

    We are now going into the last year of building the Seagypsy Boat #1
    and hopefully start sailing. Yes, i know some of you think she will
    sail only backwards, or even upside down, but sail she will.. .. :-)

    Together we have come a long way taking into consideration that most
    of volunteers coming up here have never done any metalwork or even
    farmwork before, but they all share the same dream...

    To sum up for 2012. We have used more than 2 metric tonns of aluminium
    this year, welded hundreds and hundreds of meters of welding, consumed
    a few hundred kg of Argon gas, melted 5 tonns lead. Not to mention
    breathing way too much welding fumes and aluminium dust...

    On the farm, we have had lots and lots of volunteers who has been in
    charge of growing potatoes, sugar pees, carrots, berries and lots of
    other stuff. They have got new friends and met old ones from prior
    years.

    They have shared and learned, maybe eating too much porridge and
    waffles, laughed, cried, made love (tough I really worked hard here to
    keep those sneaky wwoffers in separate girls/guys barracks!!) :-) Some
    have even taken step to marry! So in sum I think 2012 has been quite a
    good year.

    As we are nearing the end of this year (and not end of the world i
    hope!) I wish you all a peaceful 2013 with much joy and happiness for
    the coming year and we up on the farm really look forward to meet new
    and old volunteers both here and out on the seven seas.

    Fair winds and smooth sailing from

    Sailing the farm - A Sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.
    Ze


    picture: Boatshed in winter night.

    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1356891300

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    Thanks and best wishes!

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    Newsletter March 2013. .

    Dear Sea Gypsies,

    Spring is slowly coming our way, Its been maybe the coldest winter for
    as long as people can remember up here. Minus -30 for weeks out and
    weeks for january and february and even in march we have -20 degrees
    for many days. But we dont complain (at least loudly!) the shed was
    filled to the brink with firewood and during evening and weekends time
    have been spent reading about small pacific islands where the sun
    always shine... Guess where to boat is sailing!

    Last two months have been spent doing foundry work (melting
    aluminium). We are now making our own portholes and all small bits and
    pieces out of the all the scrap alloy we have floating around. Next
    would be to make a few dolphins for decoration :-)

    Anyway, enjoy the early spring folks! .. and if you want to join our
    tribe please contact us!

    Pictures.

    a. making a sand-cast for a small porthole.
    b. Out enjoy the skiing in cold winter weather.
    c. a cake? Nope. Its called cores and used for foundry work! Its a
    miks of sand and linseed oil. Taste awful, but works good.
    d. welding small boxes and stuff together.
    e. Porthole production.

    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1363531570
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1363531577
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1363531582
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_y-Gh6_YI

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    Newsletter April 2013.

    Dear Sea Gypsies,

    The potatoes are planted just a few days ago. Thats even earlier than
    last year. It a little risky since its still frostnights up here but
    they are protected under a bed of soil so hopefully they wont freeze.

    Summer is coming very slowly. Still no leafs on the trees, but the
    small yellow flowers - coltsfoot (tussilago farfara) are starting to
    show up along the roads. They are important pollen plants for the bees
    this early in season (together with salix)

    Sailing the farm have 3 nice girls now (irish,zchech,french). 2 guys
    (swedish/english) who have been here the first part of april.

    We have mostly been working on casting portholes for the boat which is
    pretty timeconsuming. It means making molds, melting aluminium and
    then shape the half-finished product in the lathe. The result looks
    really good i must say.

    Even if not even close to being foundrymen/girls or machinists we
    manage to get quite a professional result after some weeks of trial
    and error.

    Thats enough for now, If you fancy joining the seagypsy tribe - just
    drop us a line.

    Love from
    Sailing the farm


    Pictures.

    a. irish girl making sand-castles (sort of)
    b. inspecting the casting results.
    c. swedish sand-crab.
    d. unfinished and finished result. (with the help of a lathe)
    e. turning soil.


    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1367131663
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1367131670
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1367131675
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1367131679
    e: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1367131684

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    I still want to know who owns that boat. LOL

    BTW the potatoes will be warmer under the soil by 15F.
    Ask any gopher.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    Dear Sea Gypsies Summer is here, its more or less rain every day but the wwofers order sun in the weekends so weather is always nice when we go hiking during weekends, (not sure who they order it from though) We are now up to full speed on boat and the farm. Last week we planted another field of rasperries, which will be give us lots and lots of rasperries in 2 years time. Then another field with potatoes and even more herbs of all different kind. Its getting interesting when the weed is coming up. It will be plenty of weeding soon. The bees are busy collecting honey, and flying all over. they seems pretty happy now after a quite cold may. The portholes are more or less finished - that was a long journey. Its quite a few steps. The good thing: which casting and machining skills there is limit to what we can make in alloy. Plenty of blocks for the boat is already on the list.. We are in the stage of insulating all over inside. Then make ready for the wood deck and railings. The wood deck is not just to make the boat look like a boat, but avoid burned feet on hot alloy deck in the tropics - besides since we are faking everything to look lke wood, so why not a proper wood-deck. Lots of sea gypsies are coming next months, both returning ones and new ones, but we still have some space, so if you have any skills you think could be useful - drop us a line! Pictures: a: sorting out weed in the rasperry field. Then we planted out some hundreds sq-meter more. b: metal girls at work moving heavy alloy-plates. c: casting stuff for the boat. We use sand to mould them. d: welding guy busy welding up ears on the portholes. e: dumpsterdiving. one night catch from the bin at the foodstore. Now we go every weekend to stack up on free fancy food. a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1370093474 b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1370093482 c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1370093489 d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1370093497 e: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1370093504

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    August 2013

    Dear Sea Gypsies


    Its been a busy summer up here. plenty of volunteers and plenty of
    work to be done. Our community is growing bigger and bigger and soon
    we will take over the ocean.

    July has been a good one. 3-4 weeks with stable nice weather, even
    some start to complain about too much sun... That was close to end up
    on the plank...

    Our 10 new chickens are all getting big now. We are still curious how
    many of them are roosters - and will end up in the soup :-)

    The garden loook really good thanks to 2 girls who spend quite alot of
    time weeding.. we got plenty of peas this year - all kinds and some
    really tasty. I didnt know yellow peas could be sweet if you eat them
    raw. raspberries are soon ready to ripe and berry season are here in
    some weeks.

    The boat is really start to look like a proper boat. mostly all
    portholes are in. skylights and railing seems stong and seaworthy.
    there are quite a bit of woodworking to do inside, but we all look
    forward to this.

    So in sum, we are doing quite a bit of progress and its still a couple
    of month until the winter is back so things look pretty good keeping
    the schedule.

    If you have an interest in joing our sea gypsy tribe dont hesitate to contact us.


    Love from Sailing the farm.

    Pictures: (courtsey ela/photograephin)

    a: weeding the potatoefield
    b: queenbreeding
    c: picnic at the lake.
    d: welding stuff on the deck
    e: travelling outdoor library (kind of)


    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1376214077
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan McCosh View Post
    This looks like an extreme of multi-chine construction. It does seem the total length of the welded seams reaches extremes--a significant drawback to the technique. I've seen single-chine derivatives of similar hulls what work quite well. I'm thinking that the welding rod alone would be a significant percentage of the material cost.
    Welding an aluminum boat does cost much more than steel.
    The equipment is more expensive.

    A boat hull has to be all tacked together and then fully welded inside first.
    Then the outside.
    Also the welding procedure is important.
    The welding should start in the middle of the boat and be worked towards each end.
    The welding needs to be welded port side then starboard alternately.
    With lapstrake both sides may have to be worked on at once.
    But there is a very good book written by Klingel about this.

    Aluminum can distort more than steel or stainless steel.
    As the aluminum weldment (hull) gets larger and larger it can
    take more heat to weld because the aluminum is giving off heat
    at a very rapid rate. That is why wire feed is best.
    It has the greatest heat input.

    Wire feed with a spool gun or with a drive unit with 4 roller feed wheels with push and pull system.
    All of this technical information can get extensive with aluminum.
    A huge discussion and learning curve.

    If I was doing this job I would consult with the large aluminum boat builders
    in the Pacific Northwest about
    equipment selection.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    November 2013

    Dear Sea Gypsies

    Whops. time is flying so fast and soon october was gone and no
    newsletter sent out so here it comes a little late.

    Still no snow up here, which is just incredible. Should have been half
    a meter by now.. but the good thing is: it feels like mid-europe
    climate so why migrate to Spain when Spain is coming to us!

    Farming season is over, everything which was planted during summer is
    in the basement. We got around 300 kg of potatoes which will keep us
    going until spring. We have turned into professional dumpster-divers
    and find way too much food - so we are getting a little picky - What
    about raspberries from Brazil? Its hard to believe so much food who is
    just wasted. Someone should do something... ahh. enough political
    rambling..

    Boatbuilding is going really good. She is happy as a fiddle. Latley
    she got shiny bowrollers installed, (both forward and aft), tiller,
    and soon to come: bowsprit! We just have to cut down the tree.
    Everyday we see changes, and its a good sign... We are making the fat
    lady ready for the 7 seas. She will be the strongest boat ever sailing
    out there.


    Thats all for this late october newsletter, If you are interested in
    becoming a seay gypsy, just drop us a line.

    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

    Pictures:

    a: A little crowded on deck. Even the anchors are soon installed.
    b: Picnic and out looking for a bowsprit in the forest. (6 meter long)
    c: Hardcore welders in action.
    d: The sea-monster looking trough the porthole
    e: Fancy dumpster lunch with sushi!


    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1383332827
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1383332836
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1383332847
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1383332855
    e: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1383332862

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    December 2013

    Dear Sea Gypsies

    December again! This one has has been quite warm. (today is only -10C)
    We still have frostbites from the one last year so we are happy as a
    fiddle up here. Makes life and boatworking much easier.

    Its been a really good year on sailing the farm with lots of stuff
    accomplished and its still some more work weeks to go before we can
    sum up 2013.

    Deck fittings, deckhouse and most of the stuff up there is
    finished. We are proud to say that everything is home-made. Not a
    single thing is from the the boat-store.. Main reason for this is:
    its hard to get stuff in alloy who looks like wood..

    We have probably put another 2000-3000 hours into the boatproject this
    summer (with the help of all of those nice and skillfull volunteers)
    and still some 2000-3000 hours to go until we see her finshed.

    This christmas will be a traditional one on the farm with St. Claus
    (Julenisse in norwegian) coming down from the northpole with the
    sledge, raindeers and ofcouse packets. I usually dont fancy soft
    packets, but im in dire need for a new welding overall so if the
    julenisse reads this... :-)

    ok. I know its a little early early, but we wish new and old friends
    of sailing-the-farm a peaceful and quiet christmas and a prosperius
    new year and hope to see you all up next year.

    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

    Pictures:

    a: the boat start to look like a wooden boat now.
    b: shaping up the bowsprit. 6 meter long
    c: boat from stern. Sexy lines.
    d: welding up the bunkbeds.

    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1386583072
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1386583080
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1386583088
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1386583097

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan McCosh View Post
    Do you do the welding from the inside or the outside?
    Finish welding on the boat hull, after it is tacked together, starts on
    the inside and works from the center towards the ends. Working on both sides
    and back stepping the welds.

    Gilbert C.Klingel wrote the best book.
    "Boatbuilding With Steel: Including Boatbuilding With Aluminum."
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    February 2014

    Dear Sea Gypsies


    The winter has been kind to us this year. During Christmas and New
    year there was hardly any snow up here, which is kind of unusual at 60
    degrees north. January has been mostly down to -10C which is really
    good when we work outside. In January we got plenty of snow so skiing
    is as close to perfect as it is possible to get and we have plenty of
    those old and wooden army skiis around.(we use to call them
    NATO-planks) For first termers its perfect skiis. Slow and heavy.

    The Boat work is going pretty good . We are working on insulating
    inside and we are more or less finished with the aft cabin (named
    princess cabin), since its getting really nice and spacious.

    We are soon ready to start insulate and plate the main cabin in the
    boat. Its a little more tricky due to the galley (kitchen for those
    landlubbers out there). and also the navigation station. Then its more
    casting. Basically more cowl-vents to get more fresh air into the
    boat..

    We usually run with lower staff during winter but this year we will
    scale up in February and aim for getting the boat ready for sea-trial
    this year. It will be a busy summer.

    So if you think you have some useful skills (welding, mechanics,
    sewing, interior wood working) or are really good at cracking jokes
    you are more than welcome to join us.

    This is hopefully the last year of boat building (Ok, I know we have
    said that before but...) so hurry up if you want to be part of the
    fun. (Ok, I admit sailing is also fun) But it gives a good feeling
    knowing that you have been part of building something moving around
    our planet with zero pollution...


    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

    Pictures:

    a: Plating and insulating inside the boat
    b: one of the crew made an icebar! How cool is that!
    c: the chicken-sisters is busy hatching golf-balls! Not the most
    clever sisters.
    d: Aft-deck with rudder, and boxes. With wooden deck this will look
    like a wood boat.

    a:http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1391961044
    b:http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1391961045
    c:http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1391961049
    d:http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1391961052

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    April 2014

    Greetings to all sea gypsies, past present and future!

    The springchickens and bees are active and so are we!

    Anotherbusy month for boat building. The gang has been shaping,
    painting and fitting the interior panels with plenty of insulation
    underneath. The bunk cabins are shaped and even one of the volunteers
    has tested one with an overnight sleep - very comfy! English Tony has
    been busy designing the wiring and circuitry, and Frenchy has helped
    determine the electrical needs and the outputs we can expect from the
    solar panels and windmill. Will we be able to boil the kettle often
    enough at sea?

    Lorna, the English girl has been attacking with gusto and positive
    energy the mold-making for the cowl vents, and hopes to start smelting
    and pouring some aluminium this week. Frenchy has calculated and drawn
    up the sail plan, and has made a 1/10 model to verify his design.

    Sarah the token yank is spoiled in the warm indoors sewing up
    custom-sized boat mattresses, cushions and curtains. Are Czech girls
    sweet? When they've been covered in honey for 2 days like Micha they
    are: 60 jars of lovely honey and we're happy to have some at every
    meal! Jams as well, lingonberry, strawberry and plum, and some great
    banana cakes from Lorna as well.

    The weekend was warm spring weather and all volunteers descended upon
    the spa and pool at the cloest town for an outing. Happy at work and
    at rest. There is still plenty to do in the coming months - have you
    the skills to help? Woodworking, electrial and engine skills, sewing
    and more. We hope to hear from you!


    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

    Pictures:

    1. American sewing-lady busy making stuff for the boat.
    2. Happy Frenchman and his sails
    3. Potato planting.
    4. Inventive cat-litter dance. (basically crush catlitter bentonite
    to cast the cowl vent) This will be the dance of the summer.

    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1399400767
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1399400769
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1399400772
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1399400775

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    May 2014

    Greetings to all sea gypsies, past present and future!

    I hope you all had a beautiful May, with lots of sunshine and no
    snow. Up on the farm, we are happy as fiddles. The weather is just
    perfect. it was snowing a little in the beginning of May but then it
    turned into summer and now we have those really nice warm days with
    sun until midnight..

    Farming News.

    The farming is going good. we have started with queen breeding which
    will give us a few more hives, then we have planted all kinds of
    veggies in the garden and some in the small greenhouse. Now, there
    will be lot of weeding until harvest time..

    Boat-News:

    We are working on blumbing and electricity inside the boat these days.
    Next step is getting the engine in then the sails. We might have to
    outsource the sailmaking due to lack of time. so if you know about
    some good sail-loft we would love to hear about it.

    BREAKING NEWS:

    A little early but... we are really pushing hard to sail south this
    year. hopefully around the same time those smart migrating birds are
    flying south. (finger crossed) So if you want to join us as CREW please
    contact us.

    We will prioritize those of you who have been on the farm, but
    everyone will get a chance to come sailing in the end No sail
    experience required. We will teach you whatever skills you need. And
    for those of you who have never been out on the seven seas.. Enclosed
    is a picture of a pacific island waiting for you....

    We still have space for one more more sea-gypsy up on the farm this
    summer , so if you have skills you might think we need, dont hesitate
    to contact us.

    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

    Pictures:

    1. This small pacific is waiting for us all...
    2. Sail plan. Anyone into sail-making or know about a good sail-loft?
    3. Plating up the dog-house.
    4. Small greenhouse ready for summer. This is for sugar-peas.
    5. Happy welding lady fixing up some small stuff.

    1. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1401550758
    2. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1401550760
    3. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1401550763
    4. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1401550765
    5. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1401550767

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeyang View Post
    May 2014

    Greetings to all sea gypsies, past present and future!

    I hope you all had a beautiful May, with lots of sunshine and no
    snow. Up on the farm, we are happy as fiddles. The weather is just
    perfect. it was snowing a little in the beginning of May but then it
    turned into summer and now we have those really nice warm days with
    sun until midnight..

    Farming News.

    The farming is going good. we have started with queen breeding which
    will give us a few more hives, then we have planted all kinds of
    veggies in the garden and some in the small greenhouse. Now, there
    will be lot of weeding until harvest time..

    Boat-News:

    We are working on blumbing and electricity inside the boat these days.
    Next step is getting the engine in then the sails. We might have to
    outsource the sailmaking due to lack of time. so if you know about
    some good sail-loft we would love to hear about it.

    BREAKING NEWS:

    A little early but... we are really pushing hard to sail south this
    year. hopefully around the same time those smart migrating birds are
    flying south. (finger crossed) So if you want to join us as CREW please
    contact us.

    We will prioritize those of you who have been on the farm, but
    everyone will get a chance to come sailing in the end No sail
    experience required. We will teach you whatever skills you need. And
    for those of you who have never been out on the seven seas.. Enclosed
    is a picture of a pacific island waiting for you....

    We still have space for one more more sea-gypsy up on the farm this
    summer , so if you have skills you might think we need, dont hesitate
    to contact us.

    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

    Pictures:

    1. This small pacific is waiting for us all...
    2. Sail plan. Anyone into sail-making or know about a good sail-loft?
    3. Plating up the dog-house.
    4. Small greenhouse ready for summer. This is for sugar-peas.
    5. Happy welding lady fixing up some small stuff.

    1. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1401550758
    2. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1401550760
    3. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1401550763
    4. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1401550765
    5. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1401550767
    The anchors on the cabin top are Fisherman type anchors. Made for rocky bottoms.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    June 2014

    Greetings to all sea gypsies out there

    Its been a busy month up at the farm. The potatoes are slowly coming
    up. the bees are out flying and we even got ourselves some more queens
    this year, but best of all, the weather has been really good. Days and
    days of sun, which is more you can ask for so far north.

    We are also working hard on the boat to finish up and go south this
    year. The plating is finished, which was more or less a 2-3 months
    work. Next one is installing all electric stuff and continue gettting
    the engine in. Getting the rigging in also have high priority now.

    As mentioned earlier our plan is to set sail for West Indies/Cuba at
    the end of this year helping wwoofing/organic communities around the
    world. So if you have skills in organic farming and love travel with
    zero carbon footprint, please contact us.

    We still have space up on the farm until the boat is finished so if
    you have farming or boatbuilding skills you think might be useful
    please contact us.

    Love from
    Sailing the Farm
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.


    Pics from last weeks of work.

    Pictures:

    a. Here is the sizes for the sails. If you have some spare sail laying
    around we can modify to fit then we would love to hear from you.
    b. Wall.. Sorry, bulkheads are coming up
    c. Machining some drainage to the bathroom.
    d. Crazy Aussie guy trying to get through the porthole.
    e.. Painting up the forward storage area

    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1403381754
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1403381765
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1403381766
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1403381767
    e: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1403381769

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    July 2014

    Greetings to all our fans, helpers and sea gypsies out there.

    July 2014 has been as busy as we expected. We have had people from all
    over the world to come help us with running the boat project forward
    and plant and weed on the fields to get us self-sufficient in
    future. We are still some way to go but we are getting there.

    On the boat side the biggest thing is that all the inner plating and
    insulation are all finished up, the bathroom (wet-room) is plated and
    all watertanks are welded into position. Next big thing is to get the
    engine into the boat. We have to lift it up 3 meters and then 2 meters
    sideways. Its a little messy but we are working on this right
    now. Weight of the engine is around 500 kg so we need a hoist-system.

    The volunteers took some days off to hitch-hike to the west coast, and
    came happily back home with pictures of fiords, and camping outside in
    the mountains close to the glaciers. The summer has been extremely
    warm one so contrary to what i was thinking that they will almost
    freeze to death they got back to the farm sun-burned with a happy
    smile on their faces.

    During next weeks we will be harvesting what we have been planting
    this year and we will work on the engine and rigging, so if you have
    any skills you might think be useful please feel free to contact us.

    We also looking for crew for sailing across the atlantic, heading
    towards Cuba when the boat is finished so if you find that fancy
    please contact us.


    Love from
    Sailing the Farm
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

    Pics from last weeks of work.

    Pictures:

    a. volunteers are hitch-hiking to the westcoast. hippie-factor running high maybe?
    b. fixing up the aluminium canoe for weekend canoing in the lake.
    c english lady working on the hatch and water tanks.
    d. painting up the bulkheads. all in white.

    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1407650159
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1407650162
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1407650163
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1407650165

  27. #62
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  28. #63
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    Cedarville, New Jersey
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    Default Re: Aluminum Lapstrake Colin Archer

    Does this coop actually have a website or just a bunch of posts on different forums?
    Fish and ships or is that chips

  29. #64
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    2 things I have found that cannot co exist, sailing and farming.
    But I wish them luck and hope to see them in Carriacou next year.

  30. #65

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    August/September 2014

    Greetings to all our fans, helpers and sea gypsies out there.


    The autumn is here and with that comes harvest on sailing the farm. We
    got lots of raspberries this year which is partly stored in the
    freezer and partly as jam. Then some hundred jars of raspberry-honey
    from the bees and in the end we harvested the potatoes, so in sum: Yes
    we are partly selfsufficient, but it might be a little boring eating
    baked potatoes with raspberries and honey every day during the winter.
    :-) But we are slowly getting there...

    We are also getting closer with the boat project. All stuff made of
    fabric is finished, electricity (both AC and DC) is installed. There
    is still some more work to do on the engine before its ready to go
    into the boat (basically split and rebuilt that iron beast)

    Then there is some deck work left, and then the last step is tearing
    down the temporary boatshed to get ship the boat down to the
    sea. So still lots of work to do but its going forward.

    We wish you all a happy autumn whereever you are.

    Love from
    Sailing the Farm
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

    Pics from last weeks of work.

    Pictures:

    a. 2 volunteers hitchiking up north to look for trolls.
    b: harvest honey from the bees.
    c. grinder work in the galley
    d mattress for the aft cabin
    e. volunteers out testing the flimsy canoe.

    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1411500396
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1411500394
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1411500391
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1411500389
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1411500387

  31. #66
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    What an adventure in boatbuilding.

    Don't quite get some of the story line.

    I once asked Mr. Henley from Canada many moons ago about lapstrake and aluminium.

    Henley boats uses "Roll-Form Lapstrake".

    Cheers





    Last edited by Doogymon; 11-18-2014 at 11:17 PM.

  32. #67

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    Newsletter March 2015. .

    Dear Sea Gypsies,

    First, apology for delayed newsletter. The winter has been a busy one
    and it hasn't been that much time to keep up with the Newsletter, but
    we must say we are superhappy to get so many postcards and hear from
    all of you volunteers who have been here.....

    To be Norway its been quite a mild winter, the good thing is that
    heating has been running minside the boat whole winter so we have
    hardly felt the cold outside - a good test to see if our heating
    system inside the boat is ready to stand up for sailing in Antarctica.

    The sun is starting to heat up the farm and us slowly, the last week
    we really can feel the spring is coming. Our chicken is happy outside
    during daytime and seems to enjoy the sun as much as we do.

    Our metal working skills and diesel engine skills (mostly lack of) has
    been put to a test. We are more or less been busy doing brainsurgery
    on our 500 kg spare diesel engine to check how it looks inside and
    learning how those are working. Those parts we think will stop working
    will be brought onboard, (spare waterpumps, piston rings, gaskets etc)
    It gives a good feeling to know how that machine is working and even
    if we are a sailors, one day we will be happy to be pushed up the
    Amazon river or other places with the help of that engine . The one
    we will use seems to seems to be ok (we have been testing diesel
    injectors, compressions etc on the farm) The good thing bringing such
    test-equipment means we can help other volunteer-farms whith diesel
    engine problems...

    Rigging the boat is also on the list, since we make mostly everything
    ourselves we will make our own woodblocks for the rig. Its a classical
    gaff-rig with around 105 m2 sails which will be our main propulsion.
    It will be quite interesting when we are doing the sea trail to see if
    its well balanced.. hopefully our calculation is correct and it wont
    sail upside down or backwards as someone is thinking....

    If you want to join us sailing around the world or helping up on the
    farm please dont hesitate to contact us. Here are some pictures from
    last months pluss a nice ones from last summer/autumn which shows how
    real Norway looks like. (that is the westcoast)

    Lastly we wish you all a happy spring.

    Love from sailing the farm
    A seagypsy tribe of tomorrow.


    Pictures.

    a: The woofers hiking to troll-tunga summer 2014 (westcoast norway)
    b: Our engine. (sabb 2j) There is a video of it running on youtube.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2fXI1TQcsU
    c: chickens on they way out to enjoy the spring sun.

    And plenty more pictures for the last years can be found here.
    https://instagram.com/sailingthefarm/

    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1425815579
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1425815591
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1425815599

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    Dear old and new volunteers,

    There are lots of very exciting things happening at Sailing the Farm right
    now.

    We are happy to report that after many long and character-building years of
    boat-building, we're well on our way to sailing later this year.

    Here's an overview of what's been happening up here lately:

    - Our aluminum Colin Archer sailboat is taking shape. She is starting to
    look like a boat, and a good looking boat at that. She is as yet unnamed
    and suggestions that we call her The Unsinkable have fallen on deaf ears
    (to the disappointment of our Irish volunteer). Any and all naming
    suggestions welcome!

    - We have begun to machine sheaves for the boat. Our red sails arrive soon
    so it's all go, go, go in the workshop these days.

    - The heads is progressing quickly and soon it will be possible to take a
    shower on board. Our Belgian volunteer has fashioned fancy toothbrush
    holders for all future sea gypsies.

    - Last week we cut open a section of the boat shed so that we can move the
    engine on board. This will be a huge milestone for the project.

    - In April, we had our first official government visit. We are happy to
    report that she passed with flying colours.

    - Our volunteers have started watching movies on deck every Thursday night.
    Their 'Movies on Board' programme is limited to sailing movies (of course).
    They've watched '180 degrees south' and 'All is Lost' so far. Both come
    stamped with The Sailing the Farm seal of approval. If you've any sailing
    movie recommendations, please send them on to us!

    - Some of our current volunteers/gluttons for punishment are training for
    the Lillehammer half-marathon in June. At the moment they are getting up at
    6:30 to run in the woods before tucking into a breakfast of hearty porridge
    and a day of boat-building. Some even manage to fit in a spot of meditation
    before breakfast.

    - The snow has thawed and we have started to turn the potato field. Our
    bathroom has been transformed into a temporary nursery while we wait to
    start planting. Our very versatile bathroom is also home to seven chirpy
    baby chickens!

    Our long-serving captain's To-Do-List is diminishing every week, but
    there's a lot of hard work still to do. We'd love to welcome more
    volunteers (old and new) this summer. A can-do attitude and lots of
    enthusiasm are the only skills we require (though more specific skills are
    very welcome also). So if you are free and can commit to a month, please
    get in contact with us ASAP so that we can book you in to help.

    There will be a launch party in Oslo later on this year when she takes to
    the water. Watch this space!

    Love,
    Sailing the Farm.

    p.s. Now that we're almost there with this boat, we're starting to think
    about the next stage of the project (we plan to find a farm base away from
    the Polar winds – somewhere sunnier and closer to the sea where we can
    build more boats). We are on the lookout for funding ideas and inspiration
    so if you have any suggestions or experience in this area, please let us
    know - no ideas too small or crazy (building a boat with volunteers is
    crazy already!).

    Pictures

    a: English girl making blocks for the boat.
    b: movie night on the boat
    c: irish girl silicone up inside the boat.
    d: scaffold building
    e: early morning mediation (hong-kong girl)
    f: first crew is already onboard.

    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1430765691
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1430765697
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1430765704
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1430765711
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1430765719
    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1430765777

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    Zeyang can you contact S Y Black Swan on facebook
    Boat Designer

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    May/June 2015

    Ahoy Sea Gypsies!

    It has been a busy May and start of June on the farm.

    Biggest news first: The red sails have arrived! You'll see them in the
    picture below. They look fantastic and it's a great help to see them all
    laid out so that we can imagine ourselves on the high seas (instead of on
    high grass as they are now).

    We are also happy to report that we managed to get the engine on board! At
    the moment we are in the process of getting it *into* the boat and all
    hooked up.

    More news:

    – We had a bit of an unexpected delay late last month as we had to refit
    the diesel tanks, but they are all good now and it's full steam (or should
    we say 'sails'?) ahead for Oslo this September we hope.

    – We also had a close shave with our welding machine. Our last one appeared
    to give up the ghost, until an emergency transplant (from another dead
    welding machine) got it up and running again. Our skipper's vision of
    heaven is a world with nothing but brand new welding machines that never
    break down.

    – Life on the farm continues apace. Since we last wrote to you, the
    Norwegian countryside has exploded into summer. The snow is finally gone
    and everything is green and dappled with wildflowers. The bees are very
    happy. Our baby chickens are babies no longer. They are big and bold and
    getting braver by the day. Every morning they expand their wanderings a
    little further and yesterday we spotted one looking curiously at the big
    aluminum monster in the boat-shed. We'll make boat-builders of them yet.

    – There is drama in the hen-house. Our two roosters, who have been at peace
    for over a year, have just declared war on each other.

    – The volunteers are keeping very busy in the sunshine. At the moment we
    have an Irish woman, an English woman, a Belgian man, a Welshman and a
    Swede in residence on the farm. A full crew at the moment - but we still
    have some space for July and August so get in touch if you've a free month
    and you'd like to help out.

    – It doesn't get dark until at least midnight now, and even then it's just
    for a few short hours. More light to build boats in

    Thank you for your suggestions for sailing movies and boat names. We have
    them all lined up on our summer schedule. In the meantime we've watched
    Mutiny on the Bounty (the one with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson) and
    Troll Hunter (not a sailing movie, but a Norwegian one, so it's been
    approved on that basis by the captain).

    Happy almost mid-summer from Sailing the Farm!

    Pictures:
    a: happy gang of boatbuilders.
    b: sails are ready.
    c: welding lady
    d: playing guitar in pyjamas.
    e: the girls dragging the engine onboard.

    a :http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1434388520
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1434388512
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1434388533
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1434388545
    e: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php...1&d=1434388552

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