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While visiting my father in Colorado, we finally started on his Moccasin 2 build with plans we've had for a couple of years. Quick synopsis of the build so far: Bought 4mm Okoume, with a tight grain 16'x6"x3/4" board of fir. We decided with the cost of the nicer lumber in the area, the entire boat would be mostly fir. Easy to loft, and cutout using a circular saw, and Japanese saw for a couple of places where the saw blade was to big. Cut two of the bow sections out together, and then made sure all four matched exactly before going any further. Had to flip the boat twice, because we should have started on the outside for initial seams. For flipping ran cross sections with small clamps securing and then a long board, with a screw into each cross section board. Cracked a forward hull panel, while wiring up bow stem. That right now is epoxied, and sandwiched between a layer of glass tape on each side. Questions?
In the books it says that for initial assembly, canoes should skip the gunwales and use the next stringer down to set the frames and etc. On the Crawfish, the next stringers down that are full length are the ones at the chine. Should I just go ahead and clamp a cross-brace to every frame and use the gunwales for this step?
Hi All, I am seeking a little assistance with alignment of the butterfly on a Flyfisher 13' canoe. Assistance provided by Graham(designer) I have marked and cut the bottom according to the Cut out Sheet (metric) and have an A- B line of 0.411m with the angle BAB of 78deg. I have marked the side / bow according to the Cut out Sheet (metric) and have an A-B line of 0.401. There was a small typo on the metric plan I have double checked all measurements and even calculated the lengths and angles to verify. Is this correct that the AB straights on the bottom and sides should be of different lengths? No Assuming this is correct 1- if I align the AB edges at A the side will be out by around 6mm and the butterfly will cross the LCL extension line all the way from A to C 2- if I align the AB edges at B the side looks good but the butterfly will cross the LCL extension line 12cm from A on the A to C line. This will cause the sections to overlap when doing the tape and epoxy butt join. Is 2 what is intended? I am unable to (quote from plan page Hull assembly) "" Position the A-B straight of the side/bow against the A-B of the bottom so that the straight A-C line of the bow section falls on the extension of the bottom LCL" I believe that to achieve this either the bow 39deg or side/bow 143 deg angle would have to be reduced. With new measurement provided it all lines up perfectly Please help, any and all assistance greatly appreciated. Regards Brett South Australia Will post photos when done