“Both the bottom paint and the topside paint went on really easily onto the smooth surface. Some “triloboats” have been built without any fiberglass sheathing at all, but one builder suggested it was worth investing in fiberglass just for its merits for painting. Paint applied directly to plywood often cracks or peels due to the expansion of the veneer, but with a film of epoxy between the plywood and the paint there is a much more harmonious and stable bond. You can’t quite see your reflection in Ceres’ paint, but almost.
So, with little left to do in this upside-down position, we set about rolling her back upright. Last time we performed the roll with 40 volunteers, but this time we decided to go the mechanically-assisted route, and use tractors. Generally it went according to plan, and we have Ceres on her side right now. However the framework attached to the running gear, made out of engineered lumber I-joists, cracked as Ceres slid sideways off the running gear and will have to be replaced. I had been suspecting that that framework might not stand up well to repeated use launching, loading and hauling Ceres, so now we have good cause to upgrade it before subjecting it to real duty.”
About the project: The Vermont Sail Freight Project originated out of our farm’s commitment to resilient food systems. Producing food sustainably is not enough. The other half is sustainable transport of goods to market and equitable exchange. A good portion of the damage conventional agriculture does to society and the environment is through our overblown, corporation-dominated distribution systems. The idea of a small, producer-owned craft sailing goods to market, perhaps even a distant market, is an alternative to this system, and one which has served our region well in the past.
Originally posted 2013-06-02 06:00:02.