Time to Tidy!

30 October 2016: Since tomorrow is my refill day for Epoxy and I am currently all out; figured it would be a good time to tidy the shop. It frankly had gotten kind of out of hand. So after my doing some homework, it was off to the shop I go like a good little apprentice! I spent probably a good four hours just cleaning and reorganizing. No doubt when it comes to shop cleanliness and organization I am my father’s son (sorry Dad!).

When that was done however I began thinking about how to button up this transom when the epoxy arrives. Pretty sure the idea I came up with will work fine, but I will percolate on it until the stickum gets here.


We’ve had some various electric bikes and folding bikes on here before… here’s another one that looks slick:

This is will be the fourth generation of their product, so it’s probably not a total shot in the dark, but I can’t vouch for them myself. Certainly looks like it packs up pretty nice for on-board stowage.

Transom attention

October 29 2016: Today began with determining that I may have indeed made yet another mistake; although once again nothing that cannot be rectified or one that is irreparable.

The plans from what I read after sheeting the majority of the hull call for the transom area and lockers to be sheeted and emplaced first. That means the four half inch ply transom meant for the motor and the walls for the inboard side of the split transom emplaced before sheeting the hull.

Since the interior transom called for an angle of 12 degrees, I figured it would be a good time to have my wife come out and help. Being she is the math whiz behind this consortium of effort. She readily verified the drawing and we soon had the exact location and emplacement of the transom. We also had the exact size negotiated; since I simply created a four ply transom from the hole between the two split pieces. Evidentially that is not necessary (its way to large) and the four half inch plywood piece for the motor is actually somewhat smaller than the hole.

I cut the big ole transom down to size with my sawzall and planed the rest to the correct size. The locker sides were cut for the most part without issue and dry fitted into place. Once we had everything ready to go and fitted; epoxy was mixed. We attached the side pieces of the lockers first with screws and epoxy before fitting the beasty four ply middle section. The honking transom piece took some persuasion with a mallet and muscle to fit appropriately. Savannah and I screwed and epoxied the crap out of it until we were satisfied it was emplaced securely.

While there are still some gaps to contend with, I have every confidence that they will be dealt with accordingly. No doubt using copious amounts of both timber and epoxy!dsc01691 dsc01692 dsc01693 dsc01694 dsc01695 dsc01696

Hull Skin Part 1


Today started with the usual hot cup of coffee and opening of the shop; followed by what I planned to do today on the boat. Seeing what I got done the days prior, I figured it may be prudent to ask my lovely wife for help. She is a much better and skilled climber than I (after all she has had to do it all her life! lol) and I figured she could manage the on top of the hull part of sheeting the boat.

I didn’t really need to beg as perhaps one might imagine, she quickly got on her shoes and decided to assist me.

We soon had a tentative plan worked out on how best to tackle the jobs that day. Firstly we went ahead and trimmed all the overhanging plywood so as to make the space a little more user friendly. After that, Savannah mounted the hull and I began to hand her sheets of plywood to lay out at the correct angles for attachment. She would hold them in place while I secured the outer part of the plywood to the chine with screws and epoxy. That went rather well; although some issues arose pertaining to gaps and the odd pieces to fill them. Yet all in all, the sheeting of the hull to approximately frame B went rather well.

Afterwards we decided a divide and conquer approach was best. She would trim the excess plywood from the keel and the outboard sides. While I planked the forward part of the hull with two and a half inch strips of plywood. These narrow strips or planks made it much easier to create the “bend” on the forward part of the hull.

At present I have enough epoxy left to make one more batch and that is it. More epoxy is on the way and according to UPS should arrive Monday. I plan on using epoxy to fill in all the seams on this part of the hull prior to emplacing the second layer of sheeting. My cabosil reserve is also becoming a tad low, however not in the danger zone yet. That cabosil filler is absolutely awesome and seems to really last! I plan on placing a Cabosil order today; but this will only be my second refill order.

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New Stuff!

Well as I promised, more epoxy did arrive. Of course not after I had to go to drill and prepare for the upcoming college classes I need to take for graduation. So that is why it has taken ever so long to post, even though I have not stopped working on the boat. So I will fill you guys in!

The boat transom which I was jig sawing together has seemed to shape up rather nicely. A few days ago I got the other two sheet haves of the transom epoxied. I figured it would be a good time to go ahead and shape the first half of the transom with my sonic crafter and belt sander. The next day I did the same to the other half of the transom. Thus I now had to faired halves ready to epoxy together to create the four thick transom. Mixing up a crap load of epoxy that drained me to half my epoxy reserve soon saw the two halves epoxied together.

Since I now have the plywood to start sheeting the hull I began sheeting! Starting at the bow to get the curve and twist taken care of that exists from the stem area to Frame A, I ripped some of my scarp plywood that I had on hand to about 2.5 inches in width. Further I used trim screws to anchor them as I epoxied them in place. Looks alright I suppose. I got both starboard and port sides from the stem to frame A sheeted and epoxied.

The next day I went ahead and figured that I could use the big sheets to start from the stern and work towards the bow. The idea being that I can use what scrap is left over to probably finish the bow. Thus I started on what will be starboard side laying sheeting angling it accordingly to the plans. All went relatively well. I cut with my sonic crafter the excess that went over the inner keel so that it would fit appropriately. I also epoxied and screwed the sheeting in place over the chine logs and various frames in order to secure them. With only one or two close calls; like a frame splitting that I epoxied and clamped to fix, all went well.

I decided to order more and a larger quantity of epoxy and to continue on this track as it seems to be panning out!








Ahoy mates!

Ahoy mates! Sorry for not being near as vocal as I have been in the past. I had a term paper and homework to do for school, as well as work on the boat and the regular odds and ends of country living. A lot has transpired in the past few days and weeks so permit me to fill you in without the exact chronological notations of dates.

After the chine logs were successfully installed I got to work scarphing the sheer clamps and fairing out the chine logs. I think they turned out pretty well as far as the fairing goes. I also mixed up some more, thick epoxy to fill in any necessary gaps or holes.

So far my scarphing ability seems to be pretty darn good. So much so that I built extra scarph jigs so that I could scarph the entire sheer clamp all in one go. Had a bit of an issue when I was epoxying the starboard sheer clamp as it decided to roll off of the strongback; which kind of knocked it out of whack. A quick reset and re-clamp had her all fixed though.

I decided now was the time to figure out where and how the inner stem was to be affixed. I used the chine logs as a reference and notched the forward inner keel around them. I then ripped 2 1x4x4′ to approximately the same width as the completed outer stem. I left them a bit long and figured I would get the final measurement for the length of the inner stem when the sheer clamps went on. They wrap from the transom to the stem so I figured they would be a pretty good marker.

The next day after the epoxy had dried on the sheer clamps, I began to notch the frames to receive them. My handy sonic crafter sure is good for this; it’s up there with the indispensable tools for this build. It was fall festival and parade day, so my wife took both girls and they went and had a great time. I stayed behind to temporarily affix the sheer clamps and mock them up for epoxying. Starting at the stern I worked forward double checking my spacing on each frame as I went. Since it was just me and the sheer clamps are a bit long; I rigged up a pretty cool way of fitting them. I tied one end to the chine log and the other to the sheer clamp on frame C with a bit of line. Thus it was held up on the front end while I worked on the back end to secure it. I used two long bar clamps that pulled the frames together (if out of alignment) as well as pulled the sheer clamp in place if it was low. Once this was done I screwed the sheer clamp to the frames. Starting on the starboard side I battled with them for the better part of the day. The end of the day had me cut and fit the top of the inner stem so that it would receive the sheer clamps and be flush with the tops of them.

The day afterwards I decided to go ahead and epoxy the sheer clamps and work on the middle section of the Transom. This center piece calls for 4 layers of ½ plywood epoxied together. With only slight headache though, the sheer clamp epoxied relatively well. I also finished epoxying the inner stem as well.

With a plethora of odd and end pieces of Marine Plywood, I figured I would create a jigsaw type approach to the center transom. I cut two big pieces that were the size of the space between the current split transoms and figured on filling the other two layers with pieces cut to fit together. Any spaces and gaps could be best dealt with by adding copious amounts of epoxy at varying thicknesses. I got the first two layers epoxied together but had to stop because I ran out of epoxy. Fear not shipmates, more epoxy is enroute!



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transom layup

A good bit of progress

Well shipmates what a good bit of progress over the weekend (Oct. 9-11). The chine logs have been completely scarphed and emplaced on the boat.

Since my wife has been extremely busy with class lately and I have not been any more free with my time; I had to put them on by myself. This was a bit of a bear because they are long, I mean way longer than the boat. Since I was starting at the stern I went ahead to the tied a bit of cord around frame C to the chine so that I could manipulate it but it would not fall.

Cutting the notches for the chine logs was a bit interesting as I used a scrap bit of 1x material to trace and determine how it would lay. Using my sonic crafter I cut the notches just a bit on the big side so that I would have room to make corrections in needed. I also figured that a good bit of thickened epoxy can take care of any left over space.

I started at the stern and fitted the logs into the transom and worked forward, making adjustments and ensuring proper spacing. That frankly took a while but I did end up getting all of them mocked up and screwed in for temporary fitting.

The next day I went ahead and mixed up some epoxy and epoxied everything in place. This included the thick epoxy to fill in the gaps and ensure a secure fit. Looks pretty good.

On a funnier note, when I was epoxying I left the drill on the other side of the boat. I used the drill to back out the screws so that I could epoxy between the members. I decided that the shortest distance is between two points is a straight line under the boat. Unfortunately I was a little early standing up and wacked the top of my head on the chine log. Now I can speak to just how sturdy it is because it was just find but it put me to my knees. Today I have a massive knot on the top of my head and a lesson learned. Go around the darn boat!

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other side

Scarphing the chine logs

Have not been all that crazy on the boat lately because of school and the fact I am scarphing the chine logs. So kind of at a standstill on construction until those are done. Yet with today being the last chine log, I am relatively certain construction will pick back up with the emplacement of them!

chine logs

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