FS17 Completed - in NJ

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FS17 Completed - in NJ

Post by Ironman » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:34 pm

I've been thinking about this post for some time now.....

It's been about two summers now that I have been working on this project - a project that is finally nearing completion, I have greatly enjoyed all of the posts here, the wealth of knowledge here is supremely helpful - this forum is my first stop when I have a question and I can always find a thread with the answer.

I followed the plans almost exactly - with the exception that I changed the lamination schedule as shown below. It is overkill and it does add weight (~5 gallons of epoxy and 50 yds of fabric extra by my estimate) but the vessel is still light - and I have the advantage of only and adult and a child on=board most of the time.

http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userp ... hedule.jpg

Everything I add here has been said before by Jacques, but I found these to be important summary thoughts:

A) Plan ahead - there is a logical sequence to construction
Corollary to A) Prepared to adjust as some things just don't go as envisioned
and some things you just have to figure out when you get there
B) Use the best materials - don't cut costs there.
Corollary to B) Take your time, do it right - if its not right, redo it.
C) Shop around - especially on-line to get the best price i.e. paints and epoxy materials
I purchased epoxy by the 5 gallon drum, when doing big lay-ups
Between the volume and the on-line/site discounts, it was a substantial savings
DM me I can share the vendor site, if you're interested in that.
D) Buy a lot of sandpaper

Until next time,

Ironman

http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userp ... hoto_1.jpg

http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userp ... hoto_2.jpg



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Re: FS17 Completed - in NJ

Post by Rmarsh » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:27 am

Great looking boat! Splashed her yet? Coaming looks nice...what kind of wood...Ipe?

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Re: FS17 Completed - in NJ

Post by Ironman » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:48 pm

I used Meranti for that combing - it was a major operation to get that piece bent around that curved topdeck so that groove lined up, epoxied and clamped in place so it could be pegged from the bottom.

Not splashed yet. I was pushing for this fall, but ran out of time and decided to just finish a bunch of details i.e, hatches and covers and hang the motor in the spring.

Getting cold here now, which really stinks.

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