Saturday, August 30, 2014

Woodwork is done!

I got the last wood on the boat, the rubrails.  I cut the holes for all the inspection ports.  Now it's on to the finish.  Two coats of resin over the entire boat.  The bottom gets white paint.  I'll varnish the decks. 



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Inner rub rails

We're closing in on finishing the woodwork on the boat.  I got both inner and outer rub rails made.  I used cherry wood.  It's a hard wood and looks good.   I fitted the inner rails.  I'll get the outer rails done next.  I have about 20 minutes more sanding to get the outer rails fitted just right.  The inner rails provide two functions.  They cushion your legs from the sharp seat sides and they provide a hand hold for when you need to get back into the boat.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hole in the bottom

Got a chance to move the boat outside.  Gave me a good view of the rocker.  This is going to be a fast boat.  I'm filling in all the little holes and sanding rough spots.  Also got the CB trunk opened at the bottom.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Woodwork is done

I got the hull completed today.  The only other piece of wood are the rub rails and the inner seat rails.  I have them made but they will be the last part to go on.
 This is one sweet boat.   Oh, as she sits she weighs  52 pounds.   I got 8 pounds of fit and finish to play with.

                                                                After some sanding


Monday, August 11, 2014

Steering wheel and seat decks

Got some parts at bacons in Annapolis.  I'm using a Laser rudder and a Sunfish CB.

Also got the seat decks glued on.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Center traveler

I made the bar for the traveler.  I laminated two spruce sticks together.  I wanted two chunks rather than one thick stick.  Each end is glued to the seat supports and is backed with a 4 mil plate  and  then screwed into the ends.  Three screws at the CB case.  Not going anywhere.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bow deck

We got the bow decks glued on. Took a while to align the fwd deck to the seat deck but after a while it worked.  Got to put in the traveler brace prior to the seat decks.  I'll get that done this weekend.  Hope I remember where to put the mast!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Seat decks

Got them rough cut.  I'm using 4 mil ocume for the seating area.  The seats take a beating so 4 mil is the way to go. I'll address the backdeck next.
I also installed gusset backings for the chainplates.  I gave them ample room just incase the stays need to be moved back along the boat.  There is about 5 inches of adjustment.  After they dry the fwd decks are ready to go on.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bullet proof

I opted for a higher tech solution for strengthening the bottom where your feet go.  Some people have been known to put there foot/knee through the boat.  Not this one.   That yellow stuff is Kevlar.  light weight and tough.
I also cut out the rough fwd deck.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Seat tanks

Got the seat tanks fitted.  Took me 4 hours.  You only get one shot at the correct fit.  If you miss it's another 65 bucks for another sheet of ply. they actually came out symmetrical!

Can't ever have enough clamps!
We also have a very comfortable stomping area.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fwd deck structure

Made good progress this weekend.  The fwd structure is in the boat.  I don't like to skimp on this part of the boat because it takes all the load from the mast.  The two stringers from the center section to the shear serves two functions.  First it provided lateral support for the kingstud.  Second it provides backing for deck hardware.  It's where you put all your turning blocks for sail controls  The big gusset provides stiffness for the hull

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Seat rails

I fabricated the set rails.  I used 4  1/4 inch cedar strips.  I made one to mirror the shear.  When that dried I made another one using that first one as a pattern.  Got two symmetrical seat rails.  I set them in the boat and we have a nice fair curve from the back deck to the fwd bulkhead.  I made a poster board template for the seat tanks.