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Seaclipper 16 Build


Don Silsbe

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As many of you may know, I’ve been aching to build another boat.  But the War Department wanted to know which boat I was going to eliminate, to make room for the new one.  THE NERVE!!!

 

Then, there was a person who wanted a trimaran, but was not in a position to build it.  “Could anyone build it for me?”  

 

Long story short, I will satisfy my boatbuilding addiction by building a Seaclipper 16, and this fellow will get a boat that meets his needs.  It’s a win-win!

 

I’ll pick up the plywood and epoxy at the B&B Messabout, and get cranking.  Fortunately, my bride realizes that I’m happiest when I’m building a boat.  I already have the plans.  This is gonna be “fun”!  Here are some photos of the boat.

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IMG_0525.thumb.jpeg.4b2760cf944621292b4925aec8fd2090.jpegThe photo above shows how the amas can be retracted.  (The starboard one is shown retracted.)  This is one of the owner’s requirements.

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She takes a Hobie 14 sloop rig.

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Today, I ripped all the stringers for the boat.  That means I’m off and running.


“AK” stands for ama keel.  All the stringers are cut to a 15 degree angle, except for the two at the bottom of each ama.  Those are cut at 32 degrees.IMG_0799.thumb.jpeg.ec971653918c1a724803bc1a453e0a5a.jpegIMG_0798.thumb.jpeg.967a12427150155219f3ed1d3a2bb573.jpeg

 

Here are all the 15’s.IMG_0800.thumb.jpeg.71c3dc7bd8ff7c6de8bb3115467afa3f.jpeg

 

Now, I’m going to scarf the stringers for the amas, and save the rest of the fun for later.

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The ama stringers are scarfed!  I had to take my time, since it would be easy to cut the taper on the wrong face, and ruin about 8” of stringer.  So far, so good.

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Who was it that said every boat shop needs a worrying chair.  Here I am, putting mine to use.IMG_0810.thumb.jpeg.37b97019d6affc8f904d8ed6bb9b9f9e.jpegIMG_0809.thumb.jpeg.c94b70334a22fb914e644fec58391af9.jpeg

 

Next comes scarfing four sheets of 1/4” plywood.  Woo-hoo!

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@ecgossett— She takes 7 sheets of 6mm  5 sheets of 9mm Okoume ply, and 12 gallons of epoxy!!!  I’m using #2 lumberyard pine for the stringers.  I picked through the pile, and selected only boards with small knots.  Most of the B&B boats use pine.  Scarfing is covered in my next post.

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I’ve been a scarfing fool, these past few days.  The plans call for six sheets of 6mm plywood to be scarfed full width!  I like it better when you rip out and scarf 12”-18” strips, and scarf those.  It’s a whole lot easier doing that, but probably more wasteful.  But enough bellyaching.  I now have three 16 foot long boards curing up overnight.  Now the fun begins.

“Somebody” didn’t realize that six sheets needed to be scarfed.  I started with four.  NEXT TIME, I’ll do three and three for the hand planing.  I tried my power planer, and didn’t like it.  Once I (finally) sharpened my hand plane’s blade, good things began to happen.IMG_0823.thumb.jpeg.0a0ab770f9a8a93dc5a17479e7ede4b9.jpeg72080804476__22AFB23D-2B76-49C5-BC2E-913EB81E8062.thumb.jpeg.a7f148da0efcaa695de90be226c0fbb8.jpeg

 

Here are the last two.IMG_0828.thumb.jpeg.4187a58439a530d63136977b6c9c9906.jpeg

 

This is the first pair, being wetted out prior to flipping and gluing.  (Prior to the application of thickened epoxy, of course.)IMG_0829.thumb.jpeg.39079e02b74a4130cb6ba84c98669a3f.jpeg

 

Finally, the stack is glued & screwed, and waiting to cure.IMG_0830.thumb.jpeg.db035e786b8141eb94e6c8f9a3cf4b9e.jpeg

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Hi, I'm David Jones owner of this Seaclipper 16.  I live right next to a lake in Dallas TX in a Senior Living Center. Daily, I look out my window and see sailors in their boats enjoying the winds. As a sailor myself, in years gone by, I itched to be on the lake too. I wanted a trimaran for it's stability and quickness on a puff of wind, but no commercial entity caught my eye. So, why not build one. Don Silsbe was one of the people who answered my ad for a builder. He showed me builds of several of the boats he has built....needless to say, I was impressed!  We corresponded back and forth over hundreds of emails and settled on this design as something he could build over the winter. My son-in-law also lives in NC and will bring the finished boat to me in Dallas. We have a contract for this project and the decision making on construction details and how the money is spent is all laid out. I feel very fortunate to have found Don to build this dream of mine, and as this will satisfy his "need to build" it is a win for both of us.

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Next week is Stringer Week.  My neighbor Brodie and I got a jump on it, and got the o/b amas done today (Saturday)

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This is my “grand-neighbor Brodie.  (We don’t have biological grands, so we adopted our next door neighbor’s kids.)

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All glued up.

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These screws are better than clamps or drywall screws.  First, they are self-drillers.  Second, they have a flat bottom, not countersunk, third, they don’t have threads for the top 1/2”, so they draw up better, a d last but not least, they are Robertson (aka “square”) drive.IMG_0876.thumb.jpeg.76cfa8de20975fef12b491c3abc1ac75.jpegIMG_0878.thumb.jpeg.77288fce3ab4a84bcd51aa7fb08c335e.jpeg

They would work better with the head on the plywood side, but they were great this way, too 

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