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Seaclipper 10 Build has begun


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After fighting the boat building bug for 8 years I finally succumb to the illness.  My previous build was a Spindrift 12.  I have chosen to build a Seaclipper 10 which is a design by John Marples. 


I have started on the centerboard, rudder and cutting the sides for the amas (outrigger things).  I will post some pictures as things develop.


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Bulkheads for amas.  The larger one still needs a hole.

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Here the ama sides have the stringers glued in place.


This is the bottom panel for the ama.  This was my first time scarfing plywood together.  In previous boat I just used butt joints.


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A couple of pictures of the ama that has gone 3D.  Filets have been added to the interior of one ama and I have begun planing the top stringers to create a flat surface for the decking.  The other ama is 3D but held together with zip ties.



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Since the last post I have been working on the second ama.  I also spent time cutting the main hull sides and gluing the stringers in place.  To assemble the main hull I need the seat back, the transom, the dashboard, the daggerboard trunk, stem and mast brace.  So I have been working on getting all those pieces cut and ready to go.  Since I need the daggerboard trunk that means I also needed the final thickness of the daggerboard.  The board has been cut and shaped for awhile but the plans call for it to be glassed.  This is my first time working with fiberglass cloth.  On my Spindrift 12 I only worked with fiberglass tape.  The internal faces of the trunk also needed to be glassed as well.


Glassing the internal faces of the trunk was pretty simple.  After getting both pieces done I was admiring my work when I realized that I had somehow flipped one of the pieces over and I now had glass on an internal face of one and external face of the other, DOH!  Epoxy was still fresh so I peeled it off and applied it to the correct side.  I filled the weave on the trunk sides with epoxy and some graphite powder I had left from previous boat build.  Pictures below of the trunk and daggerboard.  You can see in some of the pictures where some of the strands of glass are black.  I used a black sharpie to mark the glass before cutting it.  I am planning to paint the board so no big deal.  But I will remember that in the future.


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More preparation work getting done so that the main hull can be assembled.  The trunk has been glued up.  First coat of epoxy on the internal sides of the main hull sides.  The blue tape is where the seat back and the dashboard will be attached.




This is the 2 amas, the dashboard piece(ash), mast brace(ash), seat back and transom.


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The main hull has gone 3D.  All the cross members are cut and fitted in place.  Some are already glued in.  The daggerboard trunk has been installed and secured to the dashboard.  Fillets are done.  Once all the cross members are glued in it will be time to flip it over to shape the chine.  I won't need to call any buddies over to flip it. :D


I have a finished basement that I am able to use for assembly.  My workshop is not large so it helps to have this extra space and an understanding wife.




I ran out of West System Epoxy and I am now using B&B epoxy.  You can really see the difference in color on the fillets.  Port side is West and Starboard is B&B.




Trunk extends through the hole to be cut flush with hull bottom.



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