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Old Oct 23, 2011, 01:44 PM
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Well its time for a new project, the last two have been tugs, was drawn to this commuter launch by a club member (Castaways, of the Villages Fl).
The original plan was about 35" lg, but we enlarged them to 43" x 10" beam,
The boat has some unusual hull lines, with a canoe stern, cant wait to do that, May do the cabin in cherry, I have to speak tp "Ed Lokken" about using iron on "Band-It veneer. Maybe next week will start cutting ply.
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Old Oct 23, 2011, 03:01 PM
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That's a handsome boat...
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Old Oct 25, 2011, 12:19 PM
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Nice boat. Interested in how you plank it.
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Old Oct 29, 2011, 06:15 PM
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Worked all day cutting out ribs(3/16) and the keel (1/4), (11:00am to 7:00pm) lots of sanding and cutting, time for cold one, have to wait for my planking order, so maybe middle of next week for more progress.
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 10:06 PM
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I too have the plans for that boat. I have studied the plans and article . I hope you keep posting your progress so I can see how it turns out.

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Old Oct 31, 2011, 06:21 AM
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Sure is, found this here...
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Old Nov 03, 2011, 08:32 AM
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Did a little dry fitting this morn, very interesting shape to the hull of this boat, but I think the rear filler piece is not there yet, needs a little more material, still waiting for my planking to arrive, so its of to the lake to take the "Nancy M" for a spin.
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Old Nov 03, 2011, 06:18 PM
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This will be a beautiful boat!
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Old Nov 04, 2011, 07:38 PM
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 01:22 PM
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Haven't had time to really do much work, but today, got all the ribs clamped up and ready for planking (may use 2" balsa), it took alot of adjusting, sanding, readjusting......don't know if the plan is a little off or the enlarging or just my tracing may have been off, but we are ready to go.
Found a launch out of Rhode Island, Watch hill, "Aphroite", it has a simular stern, ( see pics, no that is not me building the model ) I dont think Mr Massey the designer of the "Nouveau" describe the stern correctly as a "canoe stern", I believe a "torpedo stern " is more correct, (correct me if Im wrong)
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 05:31 PM
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Started planking...installed the "Garboards", I can see a lot of "wet" balsa, using 1/2 wide planking, maybe when I get to the "Sheer" may use somthing wider, will see, but have to go slow with this hull.
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 08:16 PM
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Randy, a great subject. Can't wait to see more progress.

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Old Nov 19, 2011, 09:03 PM
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I can see a lot of "wet" balsa, using 1/2 wide planking...
Think "heat"... I use a clean soldering iron to bend balsa. You can work it almost like sheet metal. no waiting for the soak/dry cycle. heat and fit. done!
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 09:37 PM
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Think "heat"... I use a clean soldering iron to bend balsa. You can work it almost like sheet metal. no waiting for the soak/dry cycle. heat and fit. done!
Can you explain this?
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 09:51 PM
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Can you explain this?
Sure. what I do is clamp my soldering iron to my workbench so that the "wand" (for lack of a better term) hangs out over the edge of the bench. Turn on the power and wait for it to come up to temp. When it's ready, I take my strip of balsa and make a few passes over the wand (direct contact with the shank) until the wood is heated, bending and twisting as needed (much like working sheet metal with an english wheel) to fit the hull forms I have set up on the strong back. the wood, when heated will hold the shape that I want, with no stress once cooled. "Steaming" wood has a similar effect. the idea is to heat the cells of the wood which actually become somewhat "elastic" allowing it to bend and take a set when cooled. Yes, the surface of the wood can scortch using this method but that is easily taken care of with sand paper.

Of course, caution should be used with this method.

I think Micro Mark may sell purpose made tools for this.
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