Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #10: Keel Completed...bottom "dry fit" onto keel...

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 12-30-2010 11:26 PM 13578 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay…as promised from blog #9 are some building shots…

Since building the Boat Tent ...I was able to finish up the keel…I trued the rest of the top edge…more of the bottom edge and cleaned up the stem so it looks a lot better.

I also went back and sanded down the excess epoxy on the boat bottom…figuring it will be easier now then when the boat is officially down on the keel…little less time on the knees down the road. However the most important work was setting the “dead wood” and cutting the slot in the keel so that the boat bottom fits flush on the keel top edge and slides into the keel…

Here are some overall shots with the bottom up on the keel…as a dry fit…

Below is a close up of the bottom in its keel slot…

Below is a shot of the bottom snugged up in the keel slot…I still have a big decision…the boat bottom measures out exactly as the plans call for…but the keel has a mistake…so I have to decide on lengthening the keel slot or shortening the end of the boat…

The picture shows how far I will need to cut the keel slot if I want to keep the boat bottom the same length…

I am leaning to leaving the slot where it is and cutting 1.5 inches off the boat bottom BACK…since I wont be building the boat with the steering wheel I dont think it will matter as much…the boat will technically be a bit shorter—-BUT…I wont notice it in the cockpit if I just make the space in between the transom (end) and the lazerette…so this compartment would be a little smaller…but nothing else has to change…since I wont have all the steering gear in this compartment I think it should be fine if it is a little smaller…

Here are some more shots since you have alll waited sooooo loooong for an update…

The first shows the deadwood…a small piece that fits between boat bottom and the keel…

And below is a shot of the next series of parts cut out…as soon as I glue the boat bottom down I will move forward and start adding those pieces…so the boat tent is really important!!!

Next steps:
1) Finalize boat bottom/keel dilemna
2) sketch on the outline of the keel on the boat bottom so i can make sure it is pulling down properly for the glue up
3) glue on the boat bottom—-and officially enter the 3D stage!!!
4) trimming and gluing on the transom, lazerrette, cabin and forward bulkheads…and then the deck…

I think all these steps are doable in the next 10 days! Thanks to the boat tent…

Happy Holidays…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 11:33 PM

Love the idea of a boat tent… I could use a similar idea as a finishing room…for spraying…
BTW the boat is coming along in leaps and bounds…

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 11:56 PM

Thanks for the update.

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#3 posted 12-31-2010 12:07 AM

thanks guys…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 12:16 AM

looking good matt

if that is your only resolve
i’d say you are sailing
in clear waters soon

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 12:21 AM

COOL COOL! The 3D stage is where it will get fun! Then you can actaully pretend your sitting in it and start playing pirates!

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 12:21 AM

Coming along nicely Matt. For what it’s worth I’d move the bottom forward the 1.5” but I’d cut the additional notch out of the bottom rather than the stem. It’s easier and it doesn’t reduce the stem’s functional thickness (width). If you really want to bring it back to exact lines, then you can add a few 1/2” strips laminated onto the leading edge of the stem. Make the last one purpleheart for impact resistance and you’ll have a design improvement. That’s not a mistake you have there. It’s what we call an opportunity.

Thanks for the update, lookin’ good!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 12-31-2010 12:34 AM

Paul…I thought of cutting the tip off the front of the bottom…but I was worried that would make the boat WIDER where it meets the water—-meaning as the boat comes through the water it may effect performance more…by cutting down the back I was thinking that it would NOT change the front of the boat…where it first cuts into water…

But I do love the idea of adding strips to the leading edge of the keel…that makes a lot of sense…and that this is a new oppportunity!!!

Sailor—-so true…i have two young daughters…and i can really see them playing in the boat once I get the next series of parts…i will have to get a pirate flag to celebrate when I get to that step!

thanks david!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 12-31-2010 12:47 AM

Looking good Matt! The closest ocean to me is now ice covered and infested with polar bears so I don’t think I’ll be building a boat anytime soon. I will live vicariously through your build, so it is great seeing progress!

A great way to close out the year!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 12-31-2010 01:49 AM

Hi Matt;

That sure looks like a fun project!

Maybe one day…

Nice work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 12-31-2010 02:07 AM

You misunderstood Matt. No need to cut any length off the front of the bottom. Just notch the bottom so it will slide further forward. Follow?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 12-31-2010 02:33 AM

ooooh…okay paul…i did think you meant to cut off the tip which then allows it to move up the keel…

I think that is good…hmmm (thinking aloud here)...that would still shift the boat bottom up…in terms of measurements I would be changing where the placement of bulkheads goes…

by leaving everything where it is…and then cutting the back off an inch…all measurements can stay the same except the space between transom and lazerette.???

i know this is my nieve sense of how the boat will move through the water…but by moving the front up——i am imagining a wider surface area at the front of the boat…probably wont make that much of a difference…lol…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 12-31-2010 02:39 AM

I was part of the crew that spent about 3 years restoring this, originally gaff rig converted to marconi rig.
I’ll scan some photo’s of it in the water. It looks like the one you are building is a small version of it.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#13 posted 12-31-2010 02:47 AM

I have a photo in the water that i’ll scan, this was originally gaff rig.

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#14 posted 12-31-2010 02:50 AM

Hi Matt

Looking forward to your progress. Seeing that I am a land lover and know nothing about boats. I can swim like a fish, but have never been in a boat. You lost me when the boat would wider, setting the dead wood, the space between the transom and the lazerette. LoL Just giving you a hard time. I am very impressed that you can do this type of work. Have fun buddy!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 12-31-2010 02:53 AM

The way you are building it is probably easier, we started with a steel hull that had been out of the water for a good 15 years

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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