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    Well, I've been building Little Moby for a few years now and at long last getting ready to flip her. 3/8's Mahogany ply over white oak. G-flex epoxy. And patience. Many thanks to fellow boat builders Alan Peck (Florida), Slacktidemike (Seattle) and Robin (New Zealand).
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    I'm sorry, but we need a LOT more pictures than that!

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    Cool boat!

    Yes, share some more pics, if you can!

    Kevin
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    Looks good. I turned mine over last summer. Had a few exciting moments getting the job done, but in the end everything came out fine. Here it is hanging in the air. I didn't rest easy until I got the cradle under it.

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    Looking good! Please keep posting photos as you progress.
    "The enemies of reason have a certain blind look."
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    The one unexpected challenge was steam bending the chines and gunwale stringers. I used Louis Sauzedde's technique and slipped a sleeve of polypropylene over the wood when it was in place and cooked a four foot length in the steam for 40 minutes. Everything subsequently bent easily over the forward frames.

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    Doing my gunwale stringers required some effort, too. Mine are Douglas Fir and DF doesn't bend or steam very well. I knew I'd never get that 3/4 inch thick wood around the corner without breaking it. I could have tried a heat gun, but instead I opted to laminate two 3/8 thick strips together with epoxy. I built a form for the project and everything came out great. Any pics of your steaming setup?

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    Not the best picture but you get the idea. You can see that I optimistically marked the chine location on the forward frame. The chine pretty much went where it wanted to go regardless. Fortunately it was still a pretty fair curve.

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    Hi this is Alan Peck. I built Little Moby some time ago. I just checked and it was 18 years ago! It has been a great boat and is very stable. Since we are quarantined this is a great time to do some maintenance. Fixed some minor wood rot and am repainting the whole boat. I have not had to do any other maintenance at all on the boat.

    How are you coming on yours? any new pictures?
    Alan Peck

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    Nice to hear from you Alan! I laminated the stem from white oak and it fit surprisingly well. Next step - a bit more fairing then 8 oz fiberglass.

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    Some progress on Little Moby.

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    Nice!
    - Chris

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    Looks great Tom.

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    Great choice of design, and nice photos!
    "The enemies of reason have a certain blind look."
    Doctor Jacquin to Lieutenant D'Hubert, in Ridley Scott's first major film _The Duellists_.

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    Thanks Chris. Working on the boat is covid free time spent.

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