Key Largo Carolina Dory Build #2: Strongback and Framing

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Blog entry by ccarrington posted 08-15-2017 01:13 AM 1489 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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To begin making the strongback to build the boat on, i screwed 6 2×6’s together with 2×4s between for spacers. this was also glued and made on a long flat level bit of ground to make sure the beam was level and as straight as possible. the strongback was 24 feet long at this point.

Next I had some old 4 foot by 6 foot rectangle i had been using as raised beds for a vegetable garden. I used that as a base to mount my strongback and just leveled it as best as i could. there is no flat ground in my yard so this took two people and almost an hour to get level enough.
The plans call for the transom to be mounted o roughly a 15 degree angle. i cut the back of the strongback to this angle and them mounted the transom with the samdecking screws used to put everything together to hold this in place. those screws stayed in place until it was time to cover everything in plywood. Remember to take them out before that.

Then I just balanced the frames on the strongback as level as possible and marked where they should be.

keep working down the whole frame.

Starting to take shape

All in place

I made the keelston by taking 2×6 and ripping half of their depth off for 1 foot and gluing and clamping them together to get one solid 24 foot piece. I also cut the back to the same angle as the transom so they butted up nicely.

Then I set it over all the ribs and worked my way down gluing and screwing them in place at the premade marks as i went.

Then I attached the second and second to last ribs to the strongback with these metal reinforcements I picked up at home depot. I have been standing up working on the whole boat and the 4 brackets seems stong enough to hold everything in place.

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#1 posted 08-16-2017 03:53 AM

Very cool. I would love to build a boat but I already have one. Kinda hard to justify a second one, for me at least.

-- Rick M,

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