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Building a Two Paw 8 for Trailer Camping

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I finished prepping my nesting bulkheads.  First of all, I didn’t want exposed screws poking into my butt, so I’m going with glassed/over T-nuts.  Once I got my holes drilled (in the correct locations), I put the two pieces together, & trued up the sides, one to the other.  The Quick Connect parts don’t get installed until much later.  To keep the two parts aligned, I have added four 1/4” screws to act as locating pins.  I’m within an hour of going 3D, but the holidays are about to kick in.  

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Our best friends dropped in between the holidays.  I took advantage of the extra hands.  We went 3D, and put her on saw horses, once everything was snugged up a bit.  Today, I installed the second nesting bulkhead, and ripped & dry-fitted the gunwales.  She’s coming along.

 

I thought of a name— “Schizo”.  (Split personality). Maybe that’s too intense.  What do y’all think?

 

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But I like it.  Unfortunately, I had planned on this boat being painted navy blue and gray.  Pea Soup Green is already in use.

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Well, I’ve managed to sneak in an hour of boatbuilding, here and there.  I’ve gotten my gunwales glued on.  Today, I transferred her to my boatbuilding horses.  I got her all levelled, checked for twist, and did my tack-gluing.  In a day or so, I can start taping!

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The last few days have been chock full of “other stuff”.  But, I did manage to make up a mast tube.  I know that this is gilding the lily on an 8’ pram, but it is part of my current plan, anyway.  Today and tomorrow I hope to fillet and tape seams!

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" gilding the lily on an 8’ pram, "

Does this mean you're gonna guild your new pram that you're naming Lily, with gold leaf?

Anyway, fancy stuff. I gotta get down the mountain to check-'er-out.

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I might as well use gold leaf— I’m anning to use a one-part marine polyurethane.  Maybe gold leaf would be cheaper...

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Naw, Chick, $eem$ to me there wa$ a good rea$on not to.  One part is just going to have to pony-up and get ‘er done.

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Today was my day to fillet and tape the interior.  Guess I have a few more layers to apply to the center bulkhead, though.  It takes six!!!  I want the first layer to toughen up a bit first.  Maybe after supper.

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This morning, I’m worrying over how to get six layers of tape all the way up the sides of the nesting bulkheads.  I understand the need, but it’s going to be a tight fit.  But it’ll happen.  This is one of the “fun” parts of boat building— figuring out the little problems.

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17 hours ago, Thrillsbe said:

Naw, Chick, $eem$ to me there wa$ a good rea$on not to.  One part is just going to have to pony-up and get ‘er done.

But doesn't this go against your long standing argument about using the best finish???

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@Chick Ludwig— my longstanding argument is for people to use a proven, hard, marine finish, instead of trying to save $50, and slapping “whatever” on their creation.  I think Epiphanes’ one-part is up to the job.  Besides, I don’t like mixing up micro batches of paint & hardener.  It’s not like you can put the rest back in the can. One of these days, I’m gonna have the balls to paint a boat with Rustoleum’s “marine” paint.  Afterall, I painted my Flyfisher 13 with Kirby, the softest paint on the planet.  The advantage to the Rustoleum is that my local paint store carries it, and will mix it to any color I choose.  Maybe when I refinish Flyfisher...

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In vexing situations, some say “press on regardless”.  My daughter says “it’s all good”.  My pastor says “be at peace”.  With these thoughts in mind, I peacefully pressed on, knowing that it would be good— or at least fixable.  I’m here to report that it went well. Here are some photos of my 6-pack bulkheads.

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I used the Rustoleum marine paint on my Belhaven's cabin, decks and cockpit the first time. Looked good at first, but couldn't get stains of any kind to clean up completely. It was tougher and harder than the Kirby's I had used on the hull though. 

Just a little info.

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I’m fighting a cold at the moment, so I’m trying to minimize my time in the chilly garage/workshop.  I lay out parts upstairs, and go down to the shop to make my cuts. 

 

I’m working out the details of the forward seat area. This is primarily a fishing/sailing craft, so floatation and storage are the objectives.  The hatch will be a kayak-style sealed compartment.  The parts are ready now, and held together with little beads of hot-melt.  When I stop hacking and sniffing, I’ll glue it up.  I can’t wait to get rid of that 3/4” X 3/4” cross brace!

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I LIKE it. Not the sniffling, the forward compartment. I'm really thinking of building the Catspaw 9. I can carry it on my utility trailer to one of the near-by lakes on those rare breezy Spring and Summer days. Just to mess-about. We could maybe meet-up and mess together? Dinghy to dinghy. I WANNA GO BOAT-BOAT! ISN'T SUMMER EVER GONNA GET HERE?????

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