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  1. Looking good Lotus. What is your method of flipping the boat?
  2. Looking good! What are the plans for the boat when finished? A workhorse or recreation?
  3. I like your bumpers/trimming! Can i ask whether you used foam or timber and where you sourced the stainless?
  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Re shear clamp comment, how would you do it different next time?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Such domestic antics! You two are hilarious
  10. 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...
  11. Lots of cardboard templates! Looking good.
  12. 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.
  13. Thanks for the glassing info. I like your extra effort to waterproof things properly.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. Thank you PAR ! Thats a great starting point
  18. 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
  19. very nice sir ! thanks for sharing the pics.
  20. Lowered the keel down into the bulkheads today and it all aligns perfectly! The lasts few bulkheads going up at the moment and stringers. The fish have been on which is slowing progress..
  21. Haha great idea Dave! So happy to have made some progress! Jig done Hoop pine keel done Stringers and bulkheads cut out Start assembling soon. The keel was an interesting introduction to woodworking. Despite obtaining the best timber available, it still had some minor irregularites (bow), however i was able to strategically place the parts (opposing) so that the bow cancelled each other out. It is perfectly straight. Being a surveyor i have an OCD when it comes to measurements :-)
  22. CNC ! - I envy you guys only mylar option for overseas builders Im finding motivation is the most important. Often I slip into the overalls at 8pm for a date with Goo (epoxy) and a scotch in the other hand.
  23. Finishing off Ocracoke Jnr whilst waiting for epoxy to dry on Snr:-) Planked her with 3mm h80 foam and sheathed with 4oz aerialite surfboard glass. Just need to finish the inside and ready for fairing. I actually have a scale outboard for it as well which runs!
  24. Thanks Tom for some more expert opinion. This timber material subject is interesting stuff.. I played around with some Meranti offcuts today, and it indeed seems quite stiff for its thickness, especially along the longitudinal axis. Not as much so in a twist type load though (45 degrees). I guess this is due to the fibres in the ply faces running at mostly 0-90 axis - probably a trait of most ply's ? Perhaps a good laminate schedule and tabbing for it may be using a 45-45 (double bias) with the glass fibres making up for a lack of wood grain in this direction
  25. Looking really great! Are the rib bands are a darker timber/different species to the planking? I know the feeling re heat - my progress is slow also.
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