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Marius Jordaan

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About Marius Jordaan

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  1. Ah, my mistake, thanks Dale for pointing that out. That's what happens if you post on a forum at 5am! I've edited my previous post.
  2. Mike, you have done a fantastic job so far (Lotus, you as well). May I ask what the plastic fitting is for, the one that seems to abut or pierce the starboard side of the hull in the third picture- or is it just a piece of cunningly positioned offcut? Lotus, I have the plans for hull number 52, which is interesting because I only purchased them about a month ago, i.e long after Mike started his build. Warm regards Marius
  3. Ken Yes, too hot already to work outside, which is frustrating to say the least. I was hoping to start around February/March, when the temperatures are down a bit. Slow "tropical" hardener is going to be required..... I also need to find a temporary storage facility for my current boat, as I'll be needing the space it occupes for building. Vacuum laminating " flat" structures in a bag is easier. The use of a peel ply over the saturated cloth should leave a finely textured surface, so in theory getting epoxy and tape to adhere to the pre- laminated parts shouldn't be a problem. I'm keen to do some smaller scale trials to see how it goes. The materials are expensive, and except for the nylon bags, not re-usable, so a "feasibility study" would make sense. But I am curious, and you know what happened to the cat! Thanks for your input, it is much appreciated.
  4. Nah Mate, middle of the outback, postcode 6430 (I just added the general location and picture to my profile ).
  5. Ken Thanks for the helpful reply. The plan does actually call for glassing the frames and longitudinals below the sole with 12oz biaxial fiberglass cloth. I thought I may be able to laminate the whole of the frames (and longitudinals) using the bag. This will take more setup time, add expense and probably lots more head scratching. As mentioned in my previous post, more likely I'm overcomplicating things, but since forums like these are usually great places to soundboard ideas, I thought I'd ask! I've ordered some of the cloth, and hope to have time to experiment over the Christmas/new year period. My apologies for the fuzzy pictures.
  6. Thanks Ken Your first sentence has hit the nail squarely on the head. The filleting/taping will have to be done though, no way around that. The design is an Australian one, called Sea Strike. As it happens, I've been looking at the Marissa too, and have ordered the study plans for her. Marissa is available in kit form, which is an attractive (but hugely more expensive) option. If the idea is feasible, one will have to do mock-ups to determine the amount of offset to the notches in the frames/longitudinals of the egg crate structure. I need some input from the "pro's" first though, as I don't want to re-invent the proverbial wheel, and then end up with bigger problems than those which I am trying to work around. It will be a while before I'm able to start an actual build.
  7. Hi, thanks for the reply. My bad for not being specific. I'm looking at building a 16' power boat, and the basic construction is an eggshell crate structure of 3/8" plywood frames and longitudinals built over a jig, with 1/4" plywood sheet planking. Planking gets sheathed on outside, as well as glassed inside, so do the frames and longitudinals once the hull is turned over and all the filleting is done- as per the attached picture. Now I was wondering since I have the vacuum bagging equipment already, whether it would be wise or feasible to glass the frames and even the longitudinals before they are built into the structure. Unnecessary hassle or over complicating a simple build method? Thanks MJ
  8. Hi all This is my first post on this forum, please be gentle! I'd like to know whether it would be feasible to laminate fibreglass onto frames using a vacuum bag setup, before the frames are built into the hull structure. My thoughts are that this would make the glassing of the inside of the boat much easier, and any fairing of the formers should not be too much of a problem as long as the wood/fibreglass bond is good. I already own the vacuum bagging setup, so was wondering if it would be a practical idea? Any ideas would be appreciated.
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