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Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV scratch build
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Jun 10, 2010
, 12:46 PM
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Joined Oct 2008
Hull shape and stuffing tube-
Looking ahead to when I will put some cut sheets of 1/16" plywood on the bottom of the hull, I noticed when I was doing some trial fits the the wood can not bend sharp enough in places to follow the hull contours. The 1:1 hull has some very defined and sharp lines on the bottom, so in order to duplicate these on the model I will add a piece of plywood to the middle of the keel and then more pieces connected off of that one for the bottom of the hull. These are the issues I enjoy trying to find solutions to on a scratch build. Only directions are the ones rattling around in my head.
Also began to build the stuffing box. Slipped a brass tube through the slot in the hull and made a mark that was then used on the bench grinder to rough shape the tube. Since the stuffing box will be pretty short due to a lack of room between the bottom of the bilge and deck floor, I planned on using two pieces of brass tubing one inside of the other with the last one having 2 oilite bearings soldered in for the 3/16" shaft.
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Piece of wood to the right will be used to help shape the bottom of the hull.
Sitting in place, you can see the slots for the turn fins and prop strut are cut out. Hole for stuffing box is drawn out. Hole for rudder shaft is not marked out yet.
Beginning of stuffing box. 3/8" brass tube is the "outer" tube, while a 5/32" tube will be fit inside that one supporting the oilite bearings. Made a pencil mark on tube to take to bench grinder for roughing in angle.
First cut on bench grinder. Cleaned up edges with a hand file.
I now will put the second tube inside this one and bench grind it to match up with it.
Here are the 2 tubes sitting in place. Looks like it should work to me. I left the tubes long enough for final shaping depending on how the prop shaft lines up when the strut is put in.