Hybird MF14

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Re: Hybird MF14

Post by Bogieman » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:29 pm

You're flying right along



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Re: Hybird MF14

Post by Chenier » Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:55 am

Cleats are in.

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Time to go fishing ...

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Re: Hybird MF14

Post by Jeff » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:23 am

Nice work!!! Jeff

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Re: Hybird MF14

Post by Chenier » Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:54 pm

I'm back working on the Moonfish for a few days.

Here I'm adding 1-3/4" x 3/4" pieces to the sides of the cockpit rim. These will give the hapless sailor a handhold in the unlikely (Ha!) event of a capsize.

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The temporary cleats align the new work with the top of the existing structure so it doesn't go sliding all over before I can clamp it when epoxy is applied.

Also filled in the top of the gap in the center trunk structure so there's backing for the hardware that'll get mounted on the deck in that vicinity later.

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Re: Hybird MF14

Post by Chenier » Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:53 am

After several month on the water I'm back in the workshop.

The interior is done and encapsulated with two coats of epoxy:

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Building tip: If you're going to have surfaces that you can't see and/or will be facing down (like the undesides of all those cleats and the sheer clamp), put the encapsulating epoxy on those surfaces before assembly. Coating them later has been a fiesta of epoxy runs and drips.

Now moving on to building the strip-plank deck.

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Re: Hybird MF14

Post by Jeff » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:56 am

Nice work!!! She is going to be beautiful!! Jeff

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Re: Hybird MF14

Post by Chenier » Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:17 am

The deck begins.

After plenty of head-scratching I dumped the idea of building the deck on the plywood template I'd used for shaping the hull and sides. That would introduce an extra layer of abstraction and opportunity for error. Instead I'm building the deck right on the boat itself. I've added temporary crossbars to support the deck during construction, using hot glue to keep them in place. Then I covered the entire boat with plastic film and packing tape to catch glue drips.

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The cedar strips come in various shades. Above I've used a heat gun to bend some of the darker strips to form a visual "gunwhale".

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Once the gunwhale was anchored down I strongarmed a couple lighter cedar strips into place alongside it.

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Re: Hybird MF14

Post by Chenier » Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:30 am

The decorative accents are in place and the deck centerline is established. The cedar stripping will build out from the centerline.

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It takes a certain amount of insanty to build a four-foot wide deck three-quarters of an inch at a time. I seem to be amply supplied. Decking in progress:

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Staples hold the strips down on the frame and keep the whole deck flat during construction. They'll all get pulled once the deck is complete.

The crossbars you see are simple DIY bar clamps. They press the cedar strips together while the glue between them dries.

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Re: Hybird MF14

Post by cape man » Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:35 am

You will not regret the time you are spending. That is going to be gorgeous!
The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before - Neil Gaiman

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Re: Hybird MF14

Post by cape man » Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:37 am

Did you seal those strips on the underside?
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