Building a 25' Ply on Frame Cabin Cruiser #14: Back to work!

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Blog entry by AlTriolo posted 07-16-2017 01:30 AM 1231 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Update ... snail speed! Part 14 of Building a 25' Ply on Frame Cabin Cruiser series Part 15: Slow but steady resumes! -- resin and final chine log fitting »

Hey lumber jocks, I think it’s been about 5 or 6 weeks since I’ve done any work on this build. Well, the drought ended today! While I feel like I accomplished much, there really aren’t many pix to show. Today I:

1) trimmed the back end of the keelson because the transom was not sitting squarely.
2) worked on leveling the frames (AGAIN). They went off with all the pulling for the sheer clamp work I did last month.
3) shaved the preliminary work done on the bottom of the frames where the keelson is installed. Up till today, the keelson was not level with the bottom rails of the frames.
4) and this is the part that really excites me as I wasn’t expecting to do this today… I resined and screwed the keelson into the aft 6 frames! This is a major step closer to getting the bottom ply in place!

So, why haven’t I worked in 5-6 weeks?

Trailered to NC and accomplished our final original goal. Motor to our favorite Southport restaurant, Fishy Fishy

Then we got a 10×12 inflatable island for an upcoming summer vacation and tried it on the Potomac. Our 14-yr-old grilled the burgers!

And here are a couple boring photos from today:

(By the way, I realized that when I’m inside the boat and need to get around it, it’s often easier for me to go over it!

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#1 posted 07-17-2017 01:33 PM


Looks like you have had a lot of fun this summer. I have spent the summer so far, building Kayaks but I am finished finally.
You have lots to go. Looking forward to seeing your boat coming together. Take your time and get it right. I missed a few steps like epoxy coating areas has I went that I would not be able to get back to for sealing. So I have a little expanding at seams each season that I have to monitor and repair.

I should have done what you did and built a smaller boat first to learn on. I think you are going to have a great boat that your family will enjoy for many years.

You are braver than I having a fire on a wooden boat.


-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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