Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Evaluating The Building Area

So this last week I was on vacation and I was supposed to spend a chunk of that time building the boat. Alas, it was not to be, as several events occurred which conspired to steal my time. I did get the frame parts finish sanded and I've purchased all the supplies and tools I need to assemble the frames.

However, I was able to spend some time thinking about the garage where I will be building the boat. To start, the assembly  requires a building form to attach the frames to in order to set the length and shape of the boat.. This form will be nearly the same length as the boat so I had to determine how it was going to be placed in the garage.

The form needs to be either anchored to the floor or if movable, then a means of preventing it from moving needs to be devised. The boat is 21 feet long and 8 feet wide. My garage is 21 feet and 5 inches deep and approximately 12 feet wide in the area where the boat will be placed. Furthermore, the floor is stepped at the back of the garage for approximately 4 feet with the step being approximately three and one half inches higher than the remainder of the garage floor.

Here's the rub. In order to provide enough room for myself to work on the boat, I will need to make the building form movable  This will allow me to slide the form sideways when I need to access the side nearest the garage wall. I have enough room to move it 3 feet from the wall, normally it will be 1 foot from the wall. For the length, I am okay except when I need to work on the back of the boat. It will then need to be slide the form out of the garage approximately 3 feet.

What this all means is that the form will need to have wheels and some form of locking mechanism to keep it in place. Furthermore, since the aft end of the form will be on the stepped portion of the garage floor, I will need to have some way to support that end when I slide it out of the garage. Otherwise the rear legs and wheels will be dangling above the floor by 3 inches - not good.

Your probably thinking I'm crazy about this time, but I've worked all the details out and I believe I can make this work. It will be tight and a pain at times but I knew this when I decided on the Vera Cruise design. Why didn't I choose a smaller boat? Well frankly, I did consider that early on in the process but I just fell in love with the design I choose so I decided to make it work.

I'm working on some final details for the building form before buying the lumber I need to build that. Between the building form and assembling the frames, I have enough work to keep me busy for the next month so future updates will be covering these processes.

Until next time...........

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  1. Clipper - You are probably as crazy about details and planning as I am reported to be and it is good to know there are others who have the same obsession. In the long run it serves us well - I built an additon to my house this year and drew all the plans I needed for the county approval. Teh inspector took one look at my nine pages of detailed plans, approved then and asked for a copy so he could show others what they should be doing. From then on I had no problems with inspectors on anything I did.

    I purchased the plans for the Vera Cruz about a year ago but had to promise to finish room addition and a car I have been restoring before starting this project and then some surgery and other life events got in the way but recovery from surgery has given me far too much time to think, plan, draw and throw away stuff.

    I face a similar problem with my work space for the boat. My garage is 19.5' long before coming to an eight foot opening opening into my 7' storage area and my garage door is not quite 8 feet wide. Just to make it more complex My storage area floor is a little over 1 and one half inches higer than the garage floor. Plus there is always the John factor as my wife and daughter say, I can't leave well enough alone - So I plan to extend the boat by 10% including extending the stem. Then for a little more challenge I want to increase the area over the bow slightly by taking the deck frame members and placing them on top of the side frame member and making adjustments accordingly. Long story to say the efforts you went through to layout your setsup fram have been really helpful and given me lots of ideas. Thanks for your efforts

  2. Hey John, it sounds like you don't know the meaning of the word quit. Good for you. People asked me why I wanted to take on such a challenging project when I started, Some said I would never finish it.

    Well eight months into it, I've verified something I knew all along. That is; projects like this are simply a matter of one step after the next. As long as you think it through before making the next step and don't mind a slow pace, you can get it done.

    It might take me five more years (I hope not) but I will get this boat finished.


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