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Sea Knight - Spring is Just Around the Corner


By Osangar - Posted on 11 February 2013

Just attended the annual Vancouver Boat Show over weekend here and it is nice that it starts this early in the year as it gets you excited about the upcoming season.  I am sure real boat owners (I am not one yet) that attended the show will be running down to their boats over the next few weeks cleaning things up and getting ready for the 2013 cruising season.  Myself, well I came home and got really excited about my Sea Knight project. 

We had a pretty mild winter up here in the Pacific Northwest and I am hoping Mother Nature is not teasing me but we might have a decent spring as well.  As I write this the East cost just got hammered the last couple of days with 2+ feet of snow, meanwhile we have Daffodiles sprouting and rose bushes showing new greenery.  Still it is not warm enough here yet to use epoxy outdoors and that is where my project is.  I can still do some dry fitting until it does warm enough in the evenings.

My last post was way back at the beginning of September and I definitely didn't get as far as I had hoped.  But I will catch you up on how far I was able to get.

We had some good winds in September which reaked some havoc on the tarp covering my boat project.  Thankfully we also had an extended summer so I didn't have to worry too much about rain before I was able to get a new covering before winter set in.  It was nice to be able to get a couple side photos before I enclosed it back up.

Side Shot of Framing

Side Shot of Framing

Once again I built a bit better of a enclosure, one that I hope would survive the winter.  Thankfully we did have a mild one as it would not have survived anything worse than what we got. 

Battens

With the battens laying across the frames I was able to mark out where the notches would be on the frames for them to fit into.

Battens

You know it is funny, in my last post I talked about throwing the panels on the sides and bottoms, getting the fiberglass on and painting all in a month and a bit.  LOL  I didn't think about things getting the notches for the battens cut out and fitted correctly for straightness, the right depth and width.  Then there was fairing all of the battens to make sure they were smooth and aligned with the rest of the bottom.  I can dream and I still hope to have it in the water in 2013.

Battens

Battens

With that done I am finally able to start putting the panels on the sides and bottoms which once again I thought would be a piece of cake.  I quickly found out that 18 foot panels are not easy to manage on your own in a constricted work space.  Not only that but I needed to butt join 3 sheets of plywood together to get the length I required and draw out the shape I needed from the side of the boat.  Definitely wasn't a week long project, or a month long project.

Got the shapes and sizes cut out for the side panels now it was time to get them mounted onto the frames.

Panels

Panels

Panels

To get the tip to make its final bend at the bow I had to dig out my old electric kettle and some blankets to soften up the plywood a bit.

Panels

Panels

With that side on I need to clean it up a bit at the bow before I can mount the other side so that it can overlap it.

I have been using my tablet to take and store all of these pictures of my project and I forgot to back it up before I decided to take my tablet into the ocean with me.  So unfortunately I have lost some images of putting the other side on and getting started on the first bottom panel.  Which is where I had to stop for the winter.

So over winter I basically left the bottom panel screwed into place and with some ropes at the bow kept a bend to keep the shape I wanted for spring time.

Panels

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So here we are in the spring and as I mentioned earlier I am all excited once again after attending the boat show.  I went down on the weekend and fixed up the enclosure a bit where I had some drip issues and started working on the bottom panel again where it needs to fit up on the bow.  Hoping to get the two bottom panels completely dry fitted into place before it warms up enough to use the epoxy.  Hopefully that will give me a bit of a jump start.

Thought I would share what my finished project should look like according to the planes.

plans

Happy boating and building to all in 2013.

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