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    Here goes another boat building adventure.

    After a couple of restoration projects on my Buzzards Bay 25 "Jonquil" and a restored P Class for my boy George (see both below), I thought it was about time to try building something from scratch. To date I've used an inflatable on Jonquil, this works well on long passages as I can bag it up and store it below. It's just a hassle to pump up and lug around...plus the inflatable looks plain old rude behind Jonquil.

    So I will do regular updates on my progress and might call out for some help along the way.

    Jonquil


    The Mighy Eagle - A P Class


    Laminating the stem for my Nutshell Pram


    Laminating teak over the plywood transoms in herringbone style


    Setting up the jig

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    Default Re: New Zealand Nutshell For My Buzzards Bay

    ah so you post here but don't share it local

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    First glue of the midship frame lamination


    Completed stem lamination

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    Very nice, keep those pics coming.
    Last edited by Neil C; 08-20-2017 at 04:40 AM.

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    Great, Jonquil is beitiful. I've just started a Nutshell with my 15yo son.

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    Neat Phil. Start a thread so we can see your progress and compare notes.

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    A few more progress pics. Will shape the midship frame tonight and start setting up for planking.






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    Quote Originally Posted by drenall View Post
    Neat Phil. Start a thread so we can see your progress and compare notes.
    I tried to get him to start a thread as part of his school project, but he says it's unwise to engage with a bunch of weird old men on the Internet. No we'll just watch and learn. Anyway you seem to be going a lot faster, as we have to fit his build in between school, sport and his part time job. Leaves us about 5 minutes a week. We've got the temporary mounds on the building frame and have cut timber for the transoms from some rough sawn PNG Rosewood. I guess next we'll cut some strips for laminating and then get on with a bit of epoxy work.

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    Great day here today...weather's coming good and the days are getting longer. Winter will soon be over and we can look forward to some more sailing adventures! Yeeeow.

    I shaped up the midship frame tonight, rough cut with a jigsaw then accurate shaping with my new favourite friends, the planes. My dad restored the large jack plane for me and kindly bought me the sweet little block plane, the compass plane I'm borrowing from him, it came in super handy when shaping the planks.

    And to top the day off, my mother in law returned from Ireland and bought me a Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival t shirt. Nice.


    Midship frame all shaped up and ready for a good sand


    My new family of planes


    Another festival I need to check out


    Bring on summer


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    More progress. While waiting for my bronze fastenings to arrive I decided to start dry fitting the bottom plank...I ended up fitting all the planks. A few challenges with the bevels and a slight miscalculation on measuring the bottom plank. All worked out ok.

    I'm with fill the laps with micro balloons and am even considering glass taping them to make it a bit more durable.






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    flash as man

    looks great!

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    Ok, all my silicone bronze fastening turned up...thanks boltdepot.com. So last week was nocturnal boatbuilding again to get all the planks glued and screwed. Today I removed all the temporary screws, filled all the holes, filled the laps and faired the bottom plank and transoms. Looks good. Will sand her down tomorrow and think about glassing. Progress all of a sudden.






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    A quick update. I ended up using a very light 3oz layer of glass cloth on the outside of the nutshell. A filling and fairing and I was able to put a couple of primer coats on. I will leave her like this while I complete the build. I chose the 3oz cloth because it is very light and does not require a lot of epoxy to saturate. I think this is a good trade off to add strength and abrasion resistance with minimal weight.

    Now that I look at the teak transom's I've noticed that the colour of the timber does not match in the herringbone pattern...would have been a nice touch to match them up, but it still looks good, and this is meant to be a low cost usable project, not a work of art. Although...I'm really pleased with how she's looking and am already thinking bronze fittings etc


    Here I've masked up and coated the end grain ply in epoxy.


    And now with two coats of primer.
    Last edited by drenall; 09-24-2017 at 01:45 AM.

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    Ok. I flipped her over and have been busy laminating up the knees. A bit mad as it took about 5 glue sessions for each knee and I wasn't even sure it would work out, however I had a bunch of cedar left over and it turned out great. Next step is the guard rails then seats.











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    Powering into it Dan!! Finished by labour weekend?? what are you doing for seats??

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