boat build #3: starting to take shape

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Blog entry by papaj posted 12-30-2009 03:21 PM 1173 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Time to start glassing the inside of the bottom. Called on my wife to help out. She mixed and I poured and spread the epoxy. Sometimes we both had to spread to get it all out before it kicked off.

As you can see in that last pic it was getting dark. Spent alot of late nights working under the lights.

Time to flip the bottom over and lift it up to start putting in the framing of the hull.

Here is the transom already done and ready to be fit on the jig.

Here are pics of the jig, stringers, transom, shelves, and bottom dry fit together.

Fitting the bow to the bottom and shelves.

Everything is dry fit together and now it is time to start gluing it together. The top is lifted up and the epoxy/fiber mix is slathered on the stringers, transom and bow. The bottom is lowered back down, and everytining is screwed together with fender washers to spread the load. After the epoxy is cured the screws and fender washers are removed and the holes filled with more epoxy.

Good pic of the stringers.

Time to start making the sides. More scarfing. Out of room so it is time to set up in the front yard.

Glassed the inside of the side panels. So much nicer to work on a horizontal surface than a vertical. The edges are left raw, so the seams with have good adheasion when the sides are glued to the bottom and shelves.

thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next installment.

-- papaj, Oregon

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 04:05 PM

Looking good papaj! Clearly you did not do this work last night … the yard is green – not white!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 08:29 PM

Great progress.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 11:58 AM

You are right Dave. It took me about 3 months to get that far. I have more pics to come. I actually am about ready to flip the hull, but my boat building has been on hiatus for about a year and a half due to the shop construction. I hope to be back to boatbuilding by February.
I think your launch plan is a good one! Most of the guys I know like to launch by themselves then have a big official “launch” party where everyone gets to go for a spin and then drink some beer and eat some bbq.

sras…that is for sure! I had to work last night. It usually only takes me 15min. to get to work….2 hours later I finally walked in, and I had left an hour early. I am lucky they don’t get to worked up if you are late due to the weather. Some of my co-workers didn’t get home until 10:30pm and they left at 6:30.

Thanks woodworm.

-- papaj, Oregon

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