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Outer Banks 26 #1

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Hi All,

Just began construction on a new Outer Banks design. A few months back I spoke to Graham about building a OB 24 with a few modifications. Long story short, he decided to start from scratch and the Outer Banks 26 is born. Graham and Alan are still working on finishing the entire plan set but have sent me enough to get started. I have the keel constructed, stringers milled and scarfed, transom laminated and most of the frames cut out.

I have been lurking here for a few months and am blown away by the wealth of knowledge and great community spirit. Looking forward to input from you all as I go through the building process.

Cheers,

Ken

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Nice workshop with all tools needed ! 

 

Will be a nice project too !

 

Congratulations and good luck  ;)  ;)

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Makenmend-

Those are good questions. Graham suggested a 90hp when we first discussed the design. He is still working on answering those other questions. As I mentioned in my last post this is a brand new design and the details are still being worked out. Hoping to get performance figures soon.

Ken

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Hi All,

Making a bit of progress. Bottom planked and chine flats installed. Started bending stringers this afternoon. The only rub so far has been a problem with the forward sections of the bottom planking which are 2 layers of 6mm. In order to bend them fairly they do not make contact with all of the frames. The joy of being the "beta" tester of a new design. The bow is slightly fuller now than the original drawing. Graham didn't think it was an issue. Looks good. Hope to get the other stringers in place this week and then on to planking the sides.

Cheers,

Ken

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Ken,

You and I talked last spring when you were searching for the right boat to build. I'm building a Bluejacket 25.5 in Austin,Texas.

Imagine my surprise and delight to stumble on your documentation of building an Outer Banks 26. A very handsome boat indeed and no doubt will be built with the same level of precision and finish that characterize your surf ski builds.

Thank you for taking the time to post pictures and count me as one of many who will enjoy your build and will learn from your efforts.

The only downside is your pictures have afflicted me with a severe case of workshop envy.

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Hi Dave,

Thanks for the kind words. It was a difficult decision to choose between these two beautiful designs. Having a large cadre of Bluejacket builders to exchange ideas and experience with would be great. This is the first boat of this design so I am a bit on my own working out details. More challenge, I guess and if we didn't want challenges buying a boat would make more sense and who in their right mind would do that?:)

How is your Bluejacket coming along?

Cheers,

Ken

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Ken,

My Bluejacket build in Austin, TX awaits my December return from our seasonal home in Annapolis, Md. First task is getting a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden to inspect my boat and assign a HIN. I understand the inspection purpose is to ensure the boat is really a new build and not stolen with a crook looking to get a replacement HIN thus later a clean title.

Next, I shop for a Yamaha 70hp four stroke. During the Annapolis powerboat show I talked to Yamaha factory reps asking when the next sales promotion (e.g. free extra year on warranty or a cash rebate) will occur. They had no dates and suggested I stay tuned to the factory site for announcements.

I have lied to myself for years on when the splash date will be, but here I go again in predicting a splash by early spring (2017 that is). This will bear watching.

Regards,

Dave

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Hi Guys,

Got the middle and upper stringers in place. Started working in the shear clamp. Steamed the forward 6' of the Yellow Cedar stock and it bent beautifully. Have 2 more to do on each side and then I will be very close to beginning the planking. There is s point when a boat under construction shifts from being a pile of wood to something "more". I guess it is seeing the hull shape for the first time. Still a long way to go, however.

Cheers,

Ken

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Hi Guys,

Making some headway on the planking. A bit of carpal tunnel has shortened my workdays. Loving the look of the design as I see it taking shape. More soon.

Cheers,

Ken

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Hi Guys,

Well, I decided the HIGHLAND PARK was more to my liking than the GLENFIDDICH the other night. Not a big drinker but had to hit the liquor cabinet to celebrate the "Whiskey Plank" being installed. Stood the frames up on September 27th and worked pretty steadily until a couple of weeks ago. Dying to begin fairing but have to slow down a bit until my carpal tunnel quiets down. From what I can see at this stage the hull looks pretty fair but I am sure under the right light will reveal plenty of work to do.

Cheers,

Ken

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Hi Guys,

Well, I decided the HIGHLAND PARK was more to my liking than the GLENFIDDICH the other night. Not a big drinker but had to hit the liquor cabinet to celebrate the "Whiskey Plank" being installed. Stood the frames up on September 27th and worked pretty steadily until a couple of weeks ago. Dying to begin fairing but have to slow down a bit until my carpal tunnel quiets down. From what I can see at this stage the hull looks pretty fair but I am sure under the right light will reveal plenty of work to do.

Cheers,

Ken

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