Sailboat #2: A Puddle Duck Racer #10: mast collar and step

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 11-11-2013 01:19 AM 6554 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey…3 day weekends. Finally a chance to play.

below are unglued parts…commemrs on strength before I glue them down.

on bottom is 3/4 ply base. Then the step which has a 1/4 base with 3 more 1/4 with hole. Then 2 1/2 ” mast (scrap in now). At bow is two 3/4 ply sandwiching 3/4 pine bow ppiece.

thinking of putting support pieces under bow for strength…

also need thoughts on mast using leg o mutton which calls for 16 foot mast. Already have sail. 16 is long. Thinking of cutting and usimg tabernacle…easier to hoist and transport.

not sure why its upside down…using my phone. Sorry. FIXED IT…got back on the laptop and turned it…lol…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 01:33 AM

good to see this on again matt
enjoy the rest of the build
and the sail too

-- 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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#2 posted 11-11-2013 01:48 AM

Oh yeah, that’s strong enough.
You are going to round those corners (top part) aren’t you…
Sixteen feet should be a piece of cake to handle. A tabernacle is really unnecessary and you’ll add all sorts of extra work and be a source for further problems.
I look forward to sailing pictures …... one day.

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

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 01:57 AM

thanks for the photo fix david…fixed it on my laptop—-not sure why it was upside down from my phone…it was my first time blogging from the phone…lots of TYPOS too…

PAUL….thanks…I will glue down the parts tomorrow…

On the mast—-my other issue is transporting a 16 foot board…time to learn to strap on the roof…always makes me nervous…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 04:50 AM

project coming along; it does help to have an extra day off, to get things done.

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 01:50 PM

Glad your back at boat building, Matt!

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

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#6 posted 11-11-2013 06:30 PM

Looking good Matt.
I’m not a boat builder, but I’m getting excited for you !

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#7 posted 11-11-2013 08:35 PM

Thanks guys…going to go work some more right after lunch…so maybe I will have a longer update.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 11-11-2013 10:09 PM

Lookin good!

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

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#9 posted 11-12-2013 01:14 AM

Looking good Matt. The 16 foot mast fits just fine on a RAV4 so I wouldn’t worry too much about the length. The leg o mutton sail is dead easy to rig and very easy to haul up. It looks like you’ll get yours in the water first! The water here is hard already ( -15C this morning with a windchill temp south of -20).

Your mount looks way stronger than mine, I may have to rejig it after actually trying it out :-) I agree with Paul rpounding those corners would be a good idea. I didn’t put any blocking in the top of the flotation tanks but they seem solid enough as i’ve sat/lay down on them a number of times, even stood on them when stepping the mast the first time.

I was going to wait to post my boat as a project until I got it in the water, but maybe I should do it now just to show you I actually finished LOL!

-- "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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#10 posted 11-12-2013 02:08 AM

Would love to see her…you are amazing…you pounded her out…

I glued down the mast step AND FORGOT the base board in photo above…so mast will be supported by 1/4” bottom and 3/8”base of mast step…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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