Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Starting to look like a boat!!!

So final sanding to shape of the first batch of frame parts is completed. Took me nearly a week to do this but the parts are looking good. Next phase will be to begin laying out gussets to lay over the joints. The gussets will be made from 3/8" marine grade plywood. I'll detail that process in a future post. For now, I couldn't resist the urge to lay some of the parts out roughly and take some photos.

They are starting to look like a boat and I am very satisfied so far with my progress.The following photos are quick shots of three of the frames (2,4 and 5).

Frames on a boat are numbered from the aft end of the boat starting with frame 0 which is the transom. I haven't started that frame yet because I had insufficient lumber and because there are some considerations involving the choice of engine that need to be taken into account and I have not researched that sufficiently. So I elected to make the transom in the second batch.

I did complete parts for frames 2 through 6 and some of the parts for frame 1 (again insufficient lumber).The first photo shows frame 2 which is just aft of the cabin door.The frame parts are overlapped in the photo but they will be cut to match when I begin to assemble them later this year. This photo was simply to give you some idea of the shape. It was so large I had to take the picture at an angle to get the entire frame.

The most significant part of this is the relatively flat bottom. The Vera Cruise design is a planing hull which means that it is designed to get the front portion of the boat out of the water when it is up to speed and rides on the aft end of the boat. Thus the aft end of the boat is relatively flat compared to the front which is more of  a "V" shape. You'll see that in the photo of frame 5 (last picture).

Frame 4 is the second picture and you can begin to see the transition from flat bottom to "V" shape. Frame 4 is located around the middle of the cabin. Again, the parts are overlapped here simply to show the shape. Also, the side pieces are shown angled in a bit  but in reality, the upper inner edges of the side pieces would be more vertical (same as the inner edges of frame 2)

The final picture shows frame 5 which has a more pronounced "V" shape. The "V" shape allows the boat to cut through the water better at slower speeds and provides a bit of a smoother ride as the boat scoots along at higher speeds. This is because the boat will tend to move up and down a small amount when planing and the "V" will cut the water rather than slap the surface of the water.

None of the frames except for 5 and 6 have the top piece to form the deck. This is because frames 0 through 4 are in the aft end (which is open) and the cabin. The structure of the boat will be built up in these areas at a later date.

I didn't take a picture of frame 6 but it is even more of a pronounced "V" shape. In fact, frame 6 is the last frame near the bow of the boat.

One final thing which isn't shown is that the frames will have a center floor timber on the bottom parts (except frame 2 and 1) that will provide the support for the floor (called a sole in nautical terms).

So here they are in all their glory!  :)

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