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    Quote Originally Posted by webishop14 View Post
    Good job, Ofer! You made it look easy.

    Bill
    Thanks, Bill, it wasn't too once you understand that two people can lift the boat.

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    Nice workmanship! Thanks for sharing your project.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    Ended up building my own simple stands for the boat. I placed three on each side and the boat feels solid. It also allows me to level the boat or change it in the future if needed.




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    Nice solution Ofer! Your progress is encouraging me to get back in the shop!

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    I like the pads for the boat stand! Very creative!!
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    I started to work on the centerboard and CB trunk while cleaning and sending the internal hull



    Strengthen the leading edge with thickened epoxy



    Last edited by oferraz; 11-15-2017 at 08:53 PM.

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    Keep up the great work!

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    Yes, I can see the pictures now! Cool to watch another one coming into existence Ofer.

    Now to start planning the first Tom Cat rendezvous; Toowoomba, Philadelphia, Cailfornia... how about a Cruise on the Broads of England!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregleetaylor View Post
    Yes, I can see the pictures now! Cool to watch another one coming into existence Ofer.

    Now to start planning the first Tom Cat rendezvous; Toowoomba, Philadelphia, Cailfornia... how about a Cruise on the Broads of England!?
    Hi Greg, this is exciting. We should get together somewhere. I hope to finish and be ready for next summer. In any case, I hope to come visit you one day at your place and see the boat. Let me know if you get to the SF bay area.

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    Default Re: Building the 12' - 6'' Tom Cat

    Some more progress. Just finished glassing the internal hull. Four layers of epoxy at this phase. I will probably add more after gluing the floorboards and frames.



    The Centerboard trunk is also almost ready. It also needs more epoxy to seal it before installing.



    The centerboard is also almost ready. With a pivot hole drilled and hardened with thickened epoxy. I have to say that at this point the pivot hole don't feel strong enough and I have to better understand what will hold the centerboard in place as the trunk box is relatively big and wide.



    and a closeup look


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    The Centerboard trunk is almost ready for installation.



    and a photo of a dry fit



    For the centerboard bushing I decided to go with a simple plumbing nipples, from brass, that you can get at HomeDepot. Its a simple solution but I think that it is smart and will survive for a long time.



    I had to cut it to the right size and add some slots for the epoxy to hold it



    And last here is is glued to the Centerboard trunk with the centerboard in place.


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    Default Re: Building the 12' - 6'' Tom Cat

    Sorry Offeraz, apologies for my non understanding and ignorance as to how this fits together - can you provide a quick diagram or some such?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dry Water View Post
    Sorry Offeraz, apologies for my non understanding and ignorance as to how this fits together - can you provide a quick diagram or some such?
    Here it is. This is not exactly my case but you can see the use of the Plumbing nipple. What was missing in my photo was the bronze pivot pin.


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    This is the work of this week. I started with the floorboards. I am using 3/4" Oak for the floorboards and my plan is to have them glue in place first and then use it for placing and banding the frames.






    and gluing the first two floorboards


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    Looks great! Good work.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    Default Re: Building the 12' - 6'' Tom Cat

    If you planning on putting limber holes in, I would do it before more gluing..

    beautiful build so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SailAR View Post
    If you planning on putting limber holes in, I would do it before more gluing..

    beautiful build so far.

    Hi, thanks for the comment. You can't see it on the last photo but before gluing I did put a limber holes. I will add a photo of it as I am not sure the holes are big enough.

    Ofer

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    Season's Greetings Ofer! Judging by the fair curves on the bottoms of the floors; you have a nice fair hull. I had some unevenness particularly in the turn of the bilge up near the bow on mine. Now all you have to do is figure out, exactly, how many floors you want and where to locate them!!! Note: Keep track of your station marks as they are very useful in locating interior and deck pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregleetaylor View Post
    Season's Greetings Ofer! Judging by the fair curves on the bottoms of the floors; you have a nice fair hull. I had some unevenness particularly in the turn of the bilge up near the bow on mine. Now all you have to do is figure out, exactly, how many floors you want and where to locate them!!! Note: Keep track of your station marks as they are very useful in locating interior and deck pieces.

    Hi Greg, happy new year to you and all the builders and supporters. May it be the year we launch our boats and hopefully get together.

    All the best,

    Ofer

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    Great build! I love the design. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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    This week was about finishing the floors and start preparing for the frames. I ended up with 7 floors most of them spread with identical distance.





    I left a relatively small limber holes for the water to flow below the floors and I hope that it will be enough.



    I decided to build the brace for the centerboard trunk out of a solid Oak instead of marine plywood. Its just look nicer and I think that the trunk has enough support between all the floors.



    Last, today, while driving, I discovered, by accident that I have a neighbor that just bought an SF Pelican. I had to stop and take a look. Nice boat.

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