08 Aug. 2008|
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If the boat is shaped, it is still not sealed and has no strength, which for a boat is quite limited.
With hindsight, we should have used the tape - paper tape - to properly seal off limit to avoid any streaks and smudges. We started the building process as we often do, by scarfing and coating the plywood to be used for hull planking. The anglers had already taken the boat out to sea the day before their rescue without any problems. The bottom in this boat will be cold-molded with three layers of 6mm ply laid double diagonal.
The Sapele will be used for the inner and outer layers of the bottom to increase strength and durability.
Here we see topside stringers, inner chines, and the laminated keel being prepared for epoxy coating. These are good-sized frames, and they need to be since this will be quite a fast boat, designed to take a lot of punishment in the open ocean. This boat will carry 200 gallons of Diesel in 4 tanks, all of which can be removed for inspection if necessary. Even though all these pieces to be used in the cold-molding will be relatively short, we scarf the plywood into long sheets to minimize waste and to make it more convenient to coat.
Because the shape is so easy in the stern, we can use 2'-wide plywood pieces as you see we are doing here.