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Keel progress

Frank started the keel construction.  The stern looks awesome – all those jig saw pieces to create a solid wood section of the forward keel.

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Build Progress Lofting

Box Keel takes shape

This is a short post.   The bottom in done and we’re starting to loft the box keel. Frank (builder) coated the hull with pigmented epoxy to protect the wood. This was a fun step because everyone who drives by

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Build Progress

and now… a bottom!

The bottom, (not to be confused with the keel,) is made up of two layers of overlapping marine ply which are deliberately cut and layed at opposing angles of the grain to add strength.  It looked like a massive jigsaw

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Side panels finished

Here we are with the sides glued on, rough-sanded, and ready for the next step!

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Build Progress Drive System

Screwed!

After a lot of hours spent at Frank and Jimmies Propeller and hunting down a bunch of (unsuccessful) leads on synthetic teak, Uncle Tim was still game for one last stop: Sailor Man – a used/new boat stuff emporium.   I

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Build Progress Drive System

First “research and provisioning” trip to Ft. Lauderdale

About five months into the build, questions of “drive train” started to come up. Yeah, I found a motor and Uncle Tim has done an awesome job getting it ship-shape, BUT…  there’s a big black hole of unknowns between the doohicky

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Build Progress Drive System

Getting the motor running…

During my visit  to Ft. Lauderdale in January to source drive train parts, I also spent time at my Aunt Pim’s warehouse where Uncle Tim and I ran the motor post-rebuild. very cool!

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Side panel construction!

The sides of the boat are made of marine ply. Three sheets of 4×8 joined together (4 inch scarfs). Glued and glassed, then glued onto the frames.

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Geeky build details

This is looking down the bottom corner, starboard side, keep in mind it is being build upside down at this stage. Looking at it from this angle, you can see how the frames are constructed to “develop the shape” of

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Build Progress Lofting

Quick update

Once the frames were constructed and glassed, they had to be leveled (unlike a house, leveled against the ground, the boat has to be leveled to the water line which gets tricky with a curved boat bottom and lots of

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