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Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by sean-nós, May 14, 2010.

  1. sean-nós
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    sean-nós Senior Member

    Hi all first post here and I am sure you guys will be able to help me along my way,I have just started on my second build its a 1954 crackerbox that I hope to run a 4.3 v6 or 5.7 v8 mercruiser in. Here are two links one of my first build "sean-nós"meaning old style and named after my dad Sean who had died just as I started to build it,and the second one is were I am with the crackerbox,not to far:) Hope you like.

    http://s753.photobucket.com/albums/xx179/fergalbutler/
    http://s753.photobucket.com/albums/xx179/fergalbutler/crackerbox/
    And this is a clip of my launch day
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoP_2AERUQo
     
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  2. anthony goodson
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    anthony goodson Senior Member

    Welcome ,good projects ,keep posting your progress.
     
  3. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    Looking good. Welcome to the forum. keep us posted.
     
  4. sean-nós
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    sean-nós Senior Member

    crackerbox

    Framework is all done now just have to do the fairing off and then start planking, starting to look like a boat now.:)
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  5. sean-nós
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    sean-nós Senior Member

  6. apex1

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    Nice, nice..........

    Use plastic staples if you don´t bag, they are a big time saver. You can sand them flat and leave the rest in.


    Regards
    Richard
     
  7. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Carbon Based Life Form

    It is a nice looking boat.
     
  8. fredrosse
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    Plastic Staples? Tell me more. I am building a plywood boat, 9oz glass and epoxy on the outside of the hull. Can these plastic staples be used to hold down the cloth during the epoxy/fiberglass work? Where do you get them?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  9. sean-nós
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    sean-nós Senior Member

    I have been looking them up and all I can find are raptor staples but I think you have to use their gun. I don't have a compressor and not sure if the hand one will go through the mahogany and ply.

    http://www.raptornails.com/tshoot.php
     
  10. apex1

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    No, the hand gun will probably not shoot them into harder wood.

    The link is the right one!

    Fred
    I am not familiar with tackered glassfibers, we apply them freehand, see my Gallery.

    Regards
    Richard
     
  11. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Carbon Based Life Form

    When working single-handed I have used a staple gun to keep the cloth from sliding off until I can get some resin on it, but then I pry out the staple before glassing that part. In a professional boatyard you may not need the staples at all if you have sufficient hands assisting.
     
  12. sean-nós
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    sean-nós Senior Member

    I started striping my donor boat and have the engine ready to lift out to get a face lift, I hope to use the rudder, cables,wiring, exhaust ect. The boat I am building was a direct drive but I would like to use the gearbox to,I will have to get a longer shaft and a different strut angle,is there a rule of how far from the back of the boat the prop should be.

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    I also picked up my planking, this should be fun.
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  13. sean-nós
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    Started planking the transom,had the first plank and the transom coated with resin and before it set I epoxy with west system 405 filler mixed with 423 graphite to give me the black lines, the chalking on the deck will be black too so I hope it will look ok. As you can see on the first plank I put on my stapler packed up so I had to screw it on,:mad: I filled the holes with resin mixed with sawdust so hope it will be ok. I could not get my hands on the plastic staples like apex1 said so I just used 14mm ones shot through a car seatbelt to make it easy to pull out.

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  14. sean-nós
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    sean-nós Senior Member

    I started striping the engine for it's rebuild and when I saw this my heart sank
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    And then when I saw this it hit the floor, "always winterise your engine"
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  15. sean-nós
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    The hull is now planked and the engine is rebuilt and sitting on a mockup of the hull so I can work out the angle to drill the prop shaft, in the plans this boat had a direct drive so the gearbox might be moving the center of gravity a bit. the prop is a 13x13 4 blade and in the ski boat the shaft was at an angle of 17 degrees witch seems a lot. If any of you guys have any tips for me that would be great.
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