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Feb 14, 2011, 07:12 PM
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Halvorsen 36 Build Log with pics

Hi All I thought i would update you on my little Australian cruiser so far. Thank you all that have helped me to date as I have borrowed many of your ideas from advice and pictures.
I have no proper plans for this vessel and am doing all the work from pictures and measurements. The hull is complete and I am now starting on the deck.

The hardware is from MACK which is kit 419 as used for the CC commander. I am uncertain as to how to power it yet. Its max speed is only about 10 KTS so its not going to need much.

Its 40" long and is based on one of the original hire boats made by Halvorsen boats at Bobbin Head in Sydney Australia. There were over 60 boats in the fleet ranging from 25,26,30 and 36 feet long dating back to the 1950's.


The deck went on today and it looks great :-)
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Feb 15, 2011, 07:19 AM
exelent work there mate.....
cheers, joe
Feb 15, 2011, 07:42 AM
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great boat! nice start
Feb 15, 2011, 09:20 AM
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She looks Sharp!
Feb 15, 2011, 01:49 PM
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Well done

I wish I could bend plywood like that .....
Feb 15, 2011, 01:49 PM
Mmm, tugs...
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My glass jobs always look like the lunar surface... much sanding and recoating required!

Your glossy finish- also after sanding and recoating? Or have you found the secret to a first-time smooth finish?
Feb 15, 2011, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by patmat2350
My glass jobs always look like the lunar surface... much sanding and recoating required!

Your glossy finish- also after sanding and recoating? Or have you found the secret to a first-time smooth finish?
This is the first time i have glassed a model and just quietly I was packing it!!! the penalty for failure is very high.
I did it in 3 stages Port, starboard and then the transom. I then sanded the whole thing and gave it another coat of epoxy to fill in any blemishes and nics.

The hull skin is balsa and the bulkheads are 6mm ply as is the keel.

The deck which is going on now is 2mm ply.

This is my first scratch build and so far im pretty happy with it.
Feb 15, 2011, 08:56 PM
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Whoa!!! You are a master of plywood! Nice shape!!!
Feb 15, 2011, 09:06 PM
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This thread added to WOODIES: Wooden Pleasure Craft Build Logs listing.

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Feb 16, 2011, 08:21 AM
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Not plywood ?

So, if I read correctly, the hull is balsa, not plywood -that is certainly easier to work with ... Great work !
Feb 16, 2011, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Schmango78
The hull skin is balsa...
I also thought Schmango was originally doing this in ply...

Still a great job!
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Feb 16, 2011, 11:26 PM
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Schmango78- This is one sweet looking model as well as the real Halvorsen 36. The hull has really nice lines and looks a lot like the old ELCO pictured in the post answer #56, view #374, on page #4, that norgale posted in the woodies thread.

Feb 23, 2011, 07:09 AM
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Ok so an update what I have done over the past week.

sketched and cut out the ply cabin top design and stained it.

Dry fitted it, trimmed it back and sanded it prior to gluing.

stared at the boat for a good 2 hours while i work out how to do the roof and make it a removable hatch. I think i am onto a winning design but see for yourself and give me your thoughts.

I would like to make the entire top structure removable but think it will need to be in two parts. The front up to the helm and then the rear incorporating the rear roof, windows etc.

The joy of scratch building eh. make it up as you go. There are no plans at all for this, its all coming from pictures and brainstorming.
Feb 23, 2011, 08:42 AM
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I like to just sit and look at my boat for 2 hours, but working out is good too Love the lines, should be a great looking model.
Feb 23, 2011, 10:10 AM
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Indeed, a correct shape ...

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