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A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

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The port-side gunwale trimmed:

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Also the LWL is marked.  Next I'll do the tac welding.

 

I'm tenatively planning to paint the bottom (all below the LWL) red, topsides & gunwales finished "bright," and all else battleship gray.

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Hey Pete,

How about posting "the rest of the story"?  I'm interested in building one of these (at the moment, subject to change without notice).  I sure would like to see the rest of your work.

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1 hour ago, Thrillsbe said:

Hey Pete,

How about posting "the rest of the story"?  I'm interested in building one of these (at the moment, subject to change without notice).  I sure would like to see the rest of your work.

You are?

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I've been busy with Chessie, cruising her, and dealing with an unreliable Tohatsu OBM.  Just dumped the OBM and ordered a 2018 Honda 4hp long shaft with f-n-r and a 6 amp gen.  Major drawbacks: it's 60 lbs instead of 40 lbs and more $$.  I've also ordered a Raymarine TC1000 Plus tiller pilot.  That will make solo sailing much easier and safer.  Hopefully I'll get back to "Catnip" in time to have her at the October Messabout -- at least in her underware.

 

At least the rubrails are glued on.  Sorry, wrong pix.

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Sunrise on the Corsica River.  Chessie attended the CRYClub's annual regatta.

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Needed a tow back to the ramp at Centreville.

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Thamkful for the tow from a fellow Chesapeake CatBoat Association member.  I was able to cancel an $800 tow from USBoats.  Just that would pay for Catnip.  That tow was the "final straw" re the Tohatsu lemon.

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Building Chessie's 7' dinghy "Catnip" has been quite here for a'wile.  But I recently managed to get the cleats beveled and glued in place for the aft seat and flotations tanks.  Here are the beveled cleats glues in place:

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With such a lightweight boat I decided to tilt her so I wouldn't have to fight gravity [so muxh] when laying down a big fat bead of thickened epoxy.

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Next will be the forward seat.

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Mighty fine, Pete!  I've ordered my paint from Fisheries Supply.  Good prices, free shipping over $99, and no hazmat fee!  I want to paint my forward seat/deck/box, before I button it up.  What is facing me right now is the dreaded sanding of the interior.  Then, I need to  apply my two (three?) coats of epoxy.  By then, the paint will arrive, and I can proceed with the fwd deck.

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More progress on Catnip.

The aft seat has been framed (dry-fitted) and flotation tanks have been permanently enclosed.  Just need to fillet the outside corners.

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The hole in the port-side tank is for a 4" deck plate shown here.

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I thought the out-of-sight space would be useful for dry storage.  Rather than have stuff bounce around throughout the inside of the tank -- I bought a removable ditty-bag that is easily removable.

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And today I dry-fitted the forward seat.  Next will be the midship seat.

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Almost ready for the turnover!

Looking aft ...

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Looking under the aft seat ...

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Looking forward ...

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A stack of styrofoam cut to fit tightly under the covered part of the mid-ship seat assembly ...

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Next will be filleting all inside corners and final assembly 

 

 

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Now she's ready for an important creative event: the TURNOVER.  And present is my faithful and loving helper, my Annie.

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See the snow outside?  Looks like maybe she'd like to be doing something else..?  Shoveling snow..!..?

 

Now, we're partway there.

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Ready for a "quarter-flip"..?

 

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Half-way there -- and the helper is very happy.  Look Ma, no hands!

 

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Now she's all set for "the rest of the story."  She won't go upright again until all is finished on this side, including two coats of Awl Grip  primer and paint to the gunwales.  There will be no "boot."  She'll have red to the waterline, white topsides, and Kingston Gray inside.  I'm thinking of painting the RubRails -- rather than having them as brightwork.  What do you think?  The RubRail will be covered with a canvas encased rubber bumper.

 

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"Catnip" has been cut-in-two!  Here are some photos (and maybe a video or two).  My helpers were my Annie (the blond) and Brenda (the redhead).  Hoping that the videos show.

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My helpers.

 

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The hull was covered with packaging tape over the cut-line -- hoping to minimize flaking of the edge.  Worked fairly well.

 

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Keeping the saw kerf open with wedges.

 

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This might have been the last cut.  That "sailboat" pocket is leftover quilting material that Annie sewed on for me.

 

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Trimming the "ragged" edge with a file.  Note the cardboard "spacer" in top photo.  They were harder to saw thru than expected.

 

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Nesting nicely.

 

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The "X" marks the indexing bolt-hole and the pencil line marks where the U-shaped hardware will line up with the bottom edge of the bulkhead (after the notch is cut in the bottom plank).  After the notch is cut and the pencil line matches the bottom of the bulkhead, then there will be the indexing hole into the bulkhead which will exactly locate the piece so that the other three bolt-holes may be drilled.

 

Hopefully the videos follow.  I've never succeeded in posting a video.  But our forum software has been updated.

The final result -- nicely nested.

 

I tried to load 3 more -- but they didn't show right away.  And one is missing and another duplicated.

I think this is the 2nd cut.

 

The next is the last cut -- then the 1st cut -- then a REPEAT of the 2nd cut.  Oh well.   ?????

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