||Start on spouse acceptance and convince myself I can do it
||What does this thing look like in detail? Glen-L newsletter 9 photos
by Wayne Cox look promising.
|Set up work area
||Lights, paint wall and floor. Clear out space
Tape plans on wall
||Now I'm committed. First big expenditures. Piles of lumber and
plywood. Have to relocate lathe to make room.
||Cut out frame parts.
||Need for frame gussets.
||Will it fit out the door (yes). Will Mercruiser 350 MAG fit (maybe
with work)? This started by looking over frame 4 and it is too wide to
fit out the door horizontally. Boat will need to come out at ~ 45 degree
angle. After verifying fit through door, it now looks too small for
||At this point they are assembled and have 2 coats of epoxy
|Frames on stringers and aligned
||First big milestone. It now has the rough outline of a boat!
|Keel and stem complete
||Much more boat-like looking.
|Bottom Battens complete
||Lots of joinery
|Fairing of frame complete
||Lots of work! Fairing is hard work. This has taken much longer to get
to this point than I expected. It pays to be patient at this point. It
will pay dividends in fairing of planking.
|First layer laminations start - transom
||I sure wish I had made frame 2-3 inches higher on the stands. It is a
very tight fit for me. Remember- you have to slide under to clean
up the joints.
|First layer complete
||Just stand back and admire your work
|First layer faired
||This takes a while to get the hang of how to do. Still quite a bit of
work. Got a air file (long pneumatic sander) for Christmas. This is a
BIG help. Add fairing compound - generally 1/16" or less, one area
at chines needs 1/8".
Need more plywood due to miscalculation.
|Second (middle) layer start 1/2 done
||Ran out of epoxy again. >6 gals so far (1B+1C size). Hard to find
between Christmas and New Years. Does every marine dealer close at this
||Yes, there is life beyond boat building. Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby
|Second layer complete and faired
||Much easier to apply and fair than first layer.
Spent some time underneath on clean-up of drips, frame edges, staple
hole / epoxy "zits".
|Starting final lamination
|Order running hardware
||Ordered prop shaft, stuffing boxes, rudder, fiberglass, etc. from
|Final layer 50% complete
||Gotta have a break sometime. Skied Winter Park / Mary Jane. Get the
kinks out of my back and legs on the moguls!
||Now starting final sanding. Used 62) 10foot x 2inch (17/8"actual)
strips for the mahogany.
||Getting a Sea Maxx 5.7l MPI with PCM 1.23:1 down angle transmission.
This should save a few inches of height compared to the Mercruiser with
|Flip and move
|Deck frame complete
||Waiting for exhaust parts and cables. Deck frame completed. Next
install backer blocks, connect engine
|Deck plywood on, start engine
||Engine started without a problem, instruments all seem to work.
|On the water
||Launched but not done. Bare seats and no side edging trim, but
ready for skiing and fishing
||Ready for upholstery. Metal trim installed with snap fasteners for new
||Upholstery and floor complete. Fresh coat of varnish.