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Sea Knight - Keel, Chines and Sheers assembly


By Osangar - Posted on 19 August 2012

Gotta love summer time!

Sure wish I had a boat to enjoy it with ... sigh

Right, I'm supposed to be building one for these long wonderfull days of summer.  I can tell you I had a schedule in my mind when I started this of where I should be at different times of 2012 and I am quite a bit behind schedule.  Nonetheless, the overall goal is to have it ready for summer 2013. 

Hard to stay on track when the sun finally heats up Canada and starts to dry out the Wet Coast here.  Did some camping trips and an island trip (to Galiano Island) with my better half.  Spent 5 days on Saturna Island with some friends building a ramp and a deck at cottage for one of them.  I have an annual fishing derby (at least that is what my buddies and I call it) that I put together coming up soon.  All sorts of things to distract me from my project and I would not change a single thing.

My hope is to at least be able to paint the hull before it starts to get too cold which should give me till sometime in October hopefully.  I have gotten a fair amount done but I do think I need to be a bit more diligent as the days get shorter.

Back in May I was getting ready to fit the keel in place but I need to clean up some of my cuts (surprise, surpries) to make it fit properly.  Totally wish I had a band saw back when I started this project as I will continue to discover fairing my frames.  With that done I screwed the keel to the frames, bolted it to the keel knee which is also bolted to the stern, and bolted the keel to the stem.

Attaching keel to frames

Keel knee to keel and stern

I next cut out the notches in the frames for the chines to sit in.  I didn't know how much bevel to put in the notches for frames 3-5 (front 3) so I ended up using a file and dry fitting until I got it right.  I got one side mostly epoxied and screwed into place and tensioned up the bend at the bow.  While working on the other side I clamped that chine to the one already in place just to give it some time to bend.  It was still raining a lot at this time and the moisture in the air I felt would help since I didn't have a lot of time to work on it either.

Cutting notches

Attaching and bending chines

Attaching and bending chines

I am not going to tell you how much filing I did trying to get one of the chines to fit up to the stem nicely until I realized it would work the same way as doing the stringers to the stem on my canoes.  Oh well.

Attaching and bending chines

Attaching and bending chines

Attaching and bending chines

Next it was time to do the same for the sheers (top rail).

Attaching Sheers

Attaching Sheers

Attaching Sheers

Attaching Sheers

It was nice to get to this point.  Being able to see the overall shape of the hull.  Made me rather happy and feeling pretty good, throwing the plywood on can't be too far away now.  Litttle did I know how much wood needs to be faired off in order for that to happen.

Fairing

Fairing

Fairing

Still fairing away, hoping to have it complete in a couple of weeks, maybe by month end.  Then I can worry about putting the plywood and fiberglassing on in September with any luck.

Cheers.

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