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News from March, 2012

Deck fittings with a new twist

Deck fittings

Sean Dawe in Canada is building a Black Pearl. You can follow the project in words and pics on his site. A couple of days ago he shared an idea of modified deck fittings à la Gerald Maroske (a molded recessed channel, built with tubing as mold).

Bondo Hair (what a name ;-) is to my knowledge not available in Sweden, but other brands of similar goo are. One, Biltema's version, is touted as containing long glass fibres, the other does not mention this. None of them seems to be water tight, and may need an epoxy layer to perform as advertised.

Possible advantage is speed: one filler instead of epoxy plus a number of cloth pieces, and that it cures in 20 minutes instead of overnight. Disadvantages are a loss of strength compared to epoxy/fiberglass (but likely strong enough) and the smell.

Petrus in Tranås have a similar approach: covers the tube in thickened epoxy (microfiber or sanding dust)gör på liknande sätt: packar in slangen i förtjockad epoxy (microfiber, slipdamm eller liknande) and seals it with a layer of cloth.

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Hunter – Bruce Webb

Hunter – Bruce Webb

I got a couple of photos from Bruce in North Carolina, the launching of his Hunter in the Intracoastal Waterway and a short report from the premiere tour.

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Building pics with kayak and boat

A couple of really nice projects. The kayak is a Hunter, nicely built by Bruce Webb i North Carolina – almost finished and with launchings photos coming soon.

The little sailboat below is a gaff rigged Sharpie 600, by Bernard Goffin in Belgium. A beautiful job! In the pics you can see the initial puzzle of plywood pieces that form the hull, deck, and cabin, the mast tabernacle, the turning of the hull (nice to have a hull that can be handled by two!) and the primed hull – that after some more sanding will be apple green with a cream white deck (yummy...)

On Bernard's sajt you will find a lot of pics from the construction process.

 The little boat is a quite simple build. A number of precut plywood panels with slots are pushed together like a large 3-d puzzle, forming the hull, deck, cabin, bunks, pantry, centerboard trunk, cockpit etc. This backbone structure is then covered with plywood bottom, sides, deck, cabin top, bunk tops, seats etc – everything glued together to form a strong, simple and light monocoque hull. Two rig alternatives: gaff yawl or two-masted lugger. 

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