Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #16: Second Dry Fit...

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 09-06-2011 06:17 AM 3915 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: My sail boat took a big step forward today...THREE DEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! Part 16 of Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build series Part 17: Dry Fit #2 Pictures »

Sorry no new picts…but I thought I would give a brief update for all you old guys holding your breath between boat blogs…BREATHE…..

Well I was hoping to assemble the hull this weekend…but it did not happen…it all started on Saturday morning when I had a friend over to help Saran and I put on the transom…in the Weekender DVD it is one of the parts they really show a lot of muscle power so I wanted to do it with extra hands—-and in this case it was good to have John over.

John is a nice guy I met in my sailing class last year…and we have stayed in touch…he has helped build some boats, has wood worked professionally and is now building a boat of his own—-so his expertise and insights were good this weekend…

We started to glue up…and screw in…I had been bending the transom for 10 days of so and it helped…but in the end I just did not like the fit down on the boat bottom…we could not get it to go…this is because WAAAAAY back when I built the boat bottom I thought I was being super smart and made the “stringer” or edge joiner on the back edge of the boat bottom to wide (thinking extra hefty here was smart) but it did not allow the flex needed bring it up…

SO with the epoxy still wet we discussed options…keep going and re-enforce later…or pull it off now before its too late…

At first we moved forward…but after a second attempt I just did not like the fit…and we pulled it apart…wiped it down where epixy was spread and went to plan b…

In the convo we realized making the bottom of the transom longer would work…but with the keel there I would once again need a notch (lol)...

So…saturday morning was blown and I pouted the rest of the day…

Sunday with a new head of steam I took the “old” transom and used it to trace a new transom…extending the bottom and sides…with a notch…this turned out to be a good thing…now I have an OVERSIZED transom…dry fit and bending perfectly in place…

This morning I decided to dry fit the rest of the boat again with the deck fully on…previous dry fit was “loosely clamped” and this time I screwed inthe transom to the stern post and clamped it to give it the right shape…this allowed for the deck stringer to be clamped on which allowed for the deck to be fit into place on the right curve…

I slid the cabin bulkhead in…and clamped…and then the forward bulkhead…

And made my last to-do list…before the real assembly—-after going through all that I am glad I had to re-do the transom…it will not have the same issue before as it is oversized…and I will just trim off the excess once glued on…

Okay….sorry no picts…oh ya—-DID I MENTION SCHOOL STARTED…tomorrow is the beginning of week FOUR already…so it was nice to actually work on the boat again this weekend…its been a crazy busy start to school…but it should slow down a bit…and I can breathe…

SO BREATHE…if feels good…pictures next time…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 09-06-2011 06:28 AM

Gee.. only 165 days to go- piece of cake!!!

We started back last Monday. I go in next week for the Network Administrator. He always takes his vacation the 2nd or 3rd week of school. Should be fun time. The entire school is torn apart for major renovations.

Looking forward to seeing the pix.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-06-2011 06:29 AM

Good to see your still working on the boat and it has not been put on hold. Keep it up… :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 09-06-2011 06:48 AM

You’re doing well Matt.

Good call to stop when you didn’t feel right about the fit. Cured epoxy can be very unforgiving.

Dry fitting is always a good exercise and screwing it together will not only give you the tightest fits to insure everything works but the screw holes will supply you with positive indicators that you are exactly repeating the dry fit when you do glue up.

I’m proud of you…...and you’re having fun.

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

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 07:37 AM

glad to see you stopped, and took it apart. it’s got to be right,so take your time.
isn’t it, tiresome when work or a job gets in the way of a project?

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#5 posted 09-06-2011 04:17 PM

Sounds good Matt, looking foward to seeing pictures.

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#6 posted 09-06-2011 07:02 PM

Hang in there…it’s life’s little glitches that make it interesting.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#7 posted 09-06-2011 08:22 PM

Hang in there.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 09-07-2011 12:41 AM

Thanks guys!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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