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Max F
07-11-2014, 11:07 AM
Hi Folks

To get my new build, the Cape Henry 21, started I needed to build a bow shed first.
Here are some pictures of the construction.


This is something I wanted to do for a long while, as I really really like the astetics of these buildings a lot.
There were no mayor difficulties whithin the build,
If building again I would build one frame at the time and
secure it at the base with some rope or wire.
The segments I build had some springback after they got out of the mold.
Not to much, but after some days backing in the sun they became very stiff.
Some force whith a pulley was necessary to pull them back to their designed width before seting them up.
Two frames broke during this session, and the new ones were build one at the time and set up immediately without much tension
Boy that was much easier.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3850/14434166220_74001c6cd6_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nZuSJQ)P1040634 (https://flic.kr/p/nZuSJQ) by capitan max (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

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Max F
07-11-2014, 11:11 AM
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3844/14441389430_839118c0c1_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/o18TWW)P1040780 (https://flic.kr/p/o18TWW) by capitan max (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

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Max F
07-11-2014, 11:14 AM
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3921/14647972553_68b6a89b23_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ojoFUV)P1040801 (https://flic.kr/p/ojoFUV) by capitan max (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

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07-11-2014, 11:21 AM
Very nice. Please post a pic of the Cape Henry 21 (one of my faves).

Max F
07-11-2014, 11:23 AM
Thats, where my Sooty Tern molds went...
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07-11-2014, 11:24 AM
Don't believe I've ever seen a bowshed with a raised floor before...anyway, looks good.Y>

Max F
07-11-2014, 11:26 AM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5595/14620813905_5c98337e66_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ogZuAn)P1040880 (https://flic.kr/p/ogZuAn) by capitan max (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

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Now only the ventilation Windows are missing

Rich Jones
07-11-2014, 12:32 PM

07-11-2014, 01:16 PM

I did one of these last year. It was a greenhouse, not a boat shed, but same design more or less. They are fantastically durable things if you get the plastic tight and do all the cross bracing properly (which it looks like you did. Mine survived a hurricane (last saturday) and a 100yr snowfall last winter with zero damage. If you live in a snowy spot, give some thought to how you might get snow away from the sides during the winter. I just left mine and had no trouble because it's pretty overbuilt, but a friend's collapsed under snow load last winter. Not load from the top either - load from snow compressing and pushing in on the sides of the arches.

Is it well sheltered from wind?

07-11-2014, 02:03 PM
How much bend is in the arches when make them? Is it about 4'?

Max F
07-11-2014, 03:13 PM
It can get windy here, but the place is fairly protectet. Snow is normaly no issue here.

Bend is about 750mm. The arches are build on a 4m radius for a 5m wide and 3,7 high shed
More or less the maximum I felt comfortable to bend. With more bend IŽd had gone to thinner boards. These are 25x 75 mm.

07-11-2014, 05:34 PM
I love the shape of these sheds too but if I built one it'd probably be permanent ( my sheds tend to fill up with stuff ) so I'd want to put something a bit more durable on the roof, like corrugated iron. I'd like to see a thread on the boat too Max

07-11-2014, 05:37 PM
great job! They sure are useful.

Max F
07-11-2014, 11:43 PM
A building thread will come. I plan to star the build in autum.

07-12-2014, 01:24 AM
Max, I've always wondered, is there sitting headroom in CH21.

Max F
07-14-2014, 12:41 PM
I went to France last summer to see and test a Cape Henry in real live.
The boat is very spacious and seems bigger than it is. Headroom when sitting is no trouble at all.
Sailing was fun too. after this I immediately ordered the plans.

07-14-2014, 02:03 PM
I'm really looking forward to seeing your Cape Henry 21 project come to fruition.

Max F
07-14-2014, 10:51 PM
Me too mate! Still it is just hanging over drawings. At the moment I spend as much time as possible with Long John Silver on the water. When the sailing season ends the build will start with the transom.
cheers Max

07-15-2014, 09:14 AM
It can get windy here, but the place is fairly protectet. Snow is normaly no issue here.

The only worry is that it's technically a lifting body in a crosswind, which generates a moment complementary to the overturning moment from wind drag. This is aggravated quite badly by openings or windows on the upwind side. Mine was floorless (greenhouse) and needed quite a bit of extra weight to keep it stuck to the ground since it has no foundation of any sort. Your floor looks pretty heavy duty and the weight of the boat/tools/lumber will keep it stuck to the ground most likely. If there is a prevailing wind direction it wouldn't hurt to keep the heaviest stuff on the upwind side.

Max F
10-18-2014, 01:44 AM
Finally I managed to finish the shed with windows and power after endless digging trenches for the cables.
I promissed my lovie to build her a new dining table when the shed is finished.
After this, soon, the Cape Henry build thread will start.
IŽll start with the transom.

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10-19-2014, 06:35 AM
I'm a recent convert to the wooden boat scene and I haven't quite established yet which is my greater point of envy: the wooden boat build photos or the woodworking shop/structures like these.
My first project, a kayak, is being built in my (not quite sheltered enough) carport. I do live in an area with fairly benevolent weather but I can't help but be deeply envious of structures such as these.

10-19-2014, 04:58 PM
i'd like to see that table too :)

Max F
10-19-2014, 11:32 PM
Next Weekend IŽll gett some old weathered oak board that will become the legs.
IŽll post a piture soon

Bubba L.
10-20-2014, 08:14 AM
Nice. With all that clear plastic you may as well make a greenhouse out of it. Put some potted plants in there to make it homey! :)


10-20-2014, 01:56 PM
I can't wait to see the Cape Henry under construction. Her shed is nice.

Max F
10-28-2014, 03:16 PM
Hi Greenwave, hereŽs the table.

Finally made the first steps in building the Cape Henry.
I open a new thread for this.

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