Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I Now Have a Boat! Skinning Completed

Well, technically, I have a boat. She wouldn't sink (immediately) but she also wouldn't last long in her current condition. But that's okay, because another major milestone has been reached and I am happy.

Rather than get all long winded, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves for most of this.

Butt joint backing plates all in position and ready to go

Trimming the remaining edge of the last skin.

In addition to getting both of these done, I have been working on cleaning up the interior and adding epoxy to some of the seams. There is still more to do here and I will do this in between other tasks because I can divide these up into 30 minute jobs (ideal for after work sessions).

Side skin backing plates, fairing over screws so they are flush before encapsulation and painting

Bottom skin backing plates. Not cleaned up yet.

My plan for the interior clean up is to tackle all the areas that will be difficult to do after the hull is turned over. That means the undersides of the sheer / skin joints, the frame / skin joints, and any epoxy stuck in the limber passages. Also any epoxy that needs removing from the sides.

All of the cleanup on the inside of the bottom skins will wait until after the hull is flipped. Much easier to sand then instead of having to hold the sander and vacuum hose above my head. When all of the interior is done, the entire inner surfaces will be encapsulated with epoxy and then painted white. But that is months away (probably well after the end of the year).

The next major steps are applying a mahogany planking veneer (1/4 inch thick) to the transom and making the skeg. The skeg, is a piece approximately 11 feet long that mounts on the hull center line and serves as a means of reducing skidding when turning the boat. More on that in a later post.

For now, that's it. I am really glad to be done with this task. It took much longer than I expected.

Until next time, take care.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Concept Drawing

Just a short posting.

With the help of some other builders, I've tweaked the concept drawing of my boat. Last time I had worked on this, I was fairly satisfied with the design, but there was always something about it that wasn't quite right. Not being very artistic, I failed to notice the needed changes. The following is the concept as it has been for the last year or so.

Here is the revised concept. There are several changes. To start with, the chrome pieces were removed. The pinstripe on the side has been flared as it moves aft. The "B" pillar has been angled aft as a transition to the straight "C" pillar from the cabin windshield which has also been angled aft slightly (at the top). The mast has also been angled back to match the angle of the top windscreen. Finally, I improved the shape of the aft cabin window which was a bit to tall in the rear.
I think that these changes improve the appearance and sleekness of the design and I am thankful to the other builders for their input and suggestions. 

Unfortunately, I tried to add this image to my blog site with a transparent background but it doesn't look so good. I am going to experiment with that  at some other time Because I want to get back to building. 

That's it for now.