TJ's V10

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TJ's V10

Post by terrulian » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:25 pm

I’ve been dreaming of building a boat for decades but could never justify it. I wanted to build one for an extended cruise that I did awhile back but was unable to convince myself that a hard dingy was a more practical choice for a tender than an inflatable. I’ve already got a tender for my little Catalina 22, a fold-a-boat which is not a good rowboat but is very light and stores easily. So, no reason to have another small boat.

And then one day I had an epiphany: I don’t need a reason.

I’ve been lurking on this forum for over a year and it’s been mighty entertaining. The mix of craftsmanship, artistry, and cleverness of you guys is inspiring and intimidating.

I’ve begun building a V10. It’s a very pretty boat and it’s the biggest one I think I can fit into my van. I’ve also got a very small workspace—10’X12’—and I built a mockup out of PVC to see if it would work. Things have gone smoothly so far until a day or two ago when I got anxious to start assembling the boat. It was a little more of a wrestling match than I had anticipated. I was trying to screw the frames in rather than just zip-tying them. OK, I have to bend this around here and hold it just so while I screw this in here and…boiiiing!!! Try again…Twang!!! So I gave up and will find a new approach. I’m in no hurry to get the project finished, since then I’ll have to row, which is a lot like exercise.
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Re: Yet another new V10

Post by terrulian » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:39 pm

To keep it narrow so it would fit in the van doors, Jacques advised me to swap the rub rail for a sheer clamp or inwale, so I’ve notched the frames accordingly. I’ve also built the pieces in advance as he recommended, using the sides as a guide. Image
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Re: Yet another new V10

Post by terrulian » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:43 pm

I got the frames in with little problem using zip ties. You'll see I've already rolled on some epoxy. I did this while everything was flat to avoid any chance of sag although I put it on thin. I left the edges clear to be wet out when I put on the tape, to achieve a better bond. This was probably unnecessary but it didn't take much time.
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Re: TJ's new V10

Post by terrulian » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:47 pm

Loosely stitched together. This was pretty easy, as was everything so far.

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Re: TJ's new V10

Post by terrulian » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:49 pm

Tightened up pretty close.

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Re: TJ's new V10

Post by terrulian » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:55 pm

The dreaded bow knuckle. I'll get it sorted out with gk108's tip, or so I would like to believe.

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Re: TJ's V10

Post by justin_dwyer » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:23 am

Looks great Tony. That'll be a great little boat!! :)

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Re: TJ's V10

Post by Biker B.O.B. » Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:25 pm

Closing that bow was the hardest part of building my V12, which was my first boat. Stick with it. It will also help that you are patient.
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Re: TJ's V10

Post by terrulian » Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:15 pm

Thanks, guys.
While sorting out the bow I'm contemplating another problem. I made the butt blocks 10" wide, which I thought I saw somewhere. Then Cracker Larry said they should only be 6". I don't think the dimensions are in the plans but I could have missed them. Anyway, I've now got a flat spot in the hull where the butt block is. The photo shows the worst spot, which is out of fair by about 1/8":
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I've thought of three possibilities: 1) disassemble the boat and take a router to reduce the width of the blocks, then re-assemble. But while I imagine this will somewhat ameliorate the problem, I don't know how much. 2) Just goop it up and fair it out perhaps with a little glass to add bulk. I'm not pleased with that idea but the other alternative isn't that appealing either. 3) forget it.

Any thoughts?
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Re: TJ's V10

Post by terrulian » Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:33 pm

So here's my bow solution. Frankenboat. It's pretty ugly for now and needs a bit of tweaking but brute force was what was required. I think someone else on the forum did this, which is where I got the idea.

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