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Posted by robcrusoe | Aug 16, 2018 @ 04:00 AM | 1,693 Views
Gets to be a bit of a job of work to follow someone's posts on how they worked through building Gary's plywood sailboats.
What follows in not in order of work date but just topics that some may find some value from. Many have since been modified as I gain experience with two schooners and two sloops.
Feel free to comment or ask me about anything I've written (PMs are fine), sometimes it takes a bit of clarification.
As Ned Kelly said as they slipped the noose around his neck , "Such is life".


To kick off..




Here is how I've gone about making my latest. It is pretty much standards procedure but may have some aspects of interest to some of you.
Fin box construction ideas.

Select the best quality ply for this if your sheet is not uniformly prime all over.
Cut the pair of sides exactly to the plan.
It is prudent to make a fiberboard template of the fin in the same thickness to build the fin box around and to include the locking holes. This template makes marking the aluminum precisely when making the keel itself. I strongly recommended this template. It will be also used to line up the fin box in place, vertically before fixing into place.
The inner surfaces need to be coated with a durable, 100% waterproof coating which is epoxied fiberglass matting.
Matting is available on hobby king in various grades, I use either
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