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  1. Has anyone considered adapting windsurfer masts for parts of sail boats? The older generation masts are about 50mm diameter and can be had for a song $ (especially second hand ones). If you find a 'wave' version they are designed to take a beating in heavy surf. Normally constructed out of carbon fibre and kevlar - They range in weight from 2 - 5kgs and lengths 4-5m.
  2. Thanks for the comments Haha - You are wise man PAR - I'm liking your stratagem :-) Beforehand, I have been requested to reinstate the growing inventory of kitchen items now relegated to boat building duties - added the kettle and vacuum cleaner to the list as of last week.
  3. Thanks to the suggestions my shear clamp turned out great - Can really see the shape in the hull now too! Very satisfying looking at this after 5 months of part time building. A little more fairing required then ready for planking.
  4. Lotus, may I ask how much width the walkway around your console is? Thinking of doing a similar thing and having the console a little wider than the plans.
  5. Such domestic antics! You two are hilarious
  6. Many thanks for the suggestions. Will have to give these a go. PAR, I'm well in trouble with the other half. Pressure cooker, clothing (rags), fan, measuring cups all gone missing and now the steam cleaner...
  7. Lots of cardboard templates! Looking good.
  8. I spoke to soon - cant get the nominated 3/4 inch pieces around the shear clamp (even tried steaming). Interesting how the pine creases rather than breaks when steamed. Its broken nevertheless. Not sure what thickness to try now? Dont want to steam. Any suggestions appreciated.
  9. Thanks for the glassing info. I like your extra effort to waterproof things properly.
  10. Plenty of exercise wrestling the ribs on today. Thankfully i havent broken any pieces as yet. Planning for twin outboards so went a bit unorthodox with the transom construction. Need to carry the reinforcing further across the transom than a single outboard. Everything slots through then will be cut flush. The thickness of the transom will then be layered until design thickness is met. I think this method will be work out easier than notching. The twins weigh the same as a single large outboard which is good.
  11. Looks like you are doing a thorough job of glassing. Are you planning to do underside of floors also? May i ask what type of fibreglass you are using for this project? Offcut looks like a 45/45 double bias or a triax? A log of different schools of thoughts re what to use. The choice of weave and weights seems a bit bewildering every time i check out the composites catalog.
  12. Some more progress! Most ribs are going down easily, however a couple needed some steaming. I used an old pressure cooker heated on a portable gas bbq. There is a car radiator hose outlet which feeds steam to a plastic bag tube (vacuum sealer bag roll) I based it on this method. link below. brilliant ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50uXPPt8-VI
  13. Thank you PAR ! Thats a great starting point
  14. Does anyone mind sharing their rough guide regarding how much (quantity) of thickened epoxy is required to bond two layers of ply. E.g. 50ml per square foot? I'm getting ready to layup my transom and am trying to calculate a ballpark figure as to what quantity of epoxy I may require. Thanks
  15. very nice sir ! thanks for sharing the pics.